If you thought this story was ridiculous, then you’re sane. No one dares challenge the genius and we’re stuck with this myth.
Producer Nancy Updike tells the story of scientists who simply made up an invisible, weightless subatomic particle called the neutrino. Then they set out on the task of finding it, using tools that sound positively crude: A mineshaft and 100,000 gallons of dry cleaning fluid. (9 minutes)
This was an old psyOp hoax drill from 5 years back. I wrote about it here.
Here’s an audio that explains what was/is happening in Kenya. El Shebab is a rag-tag guerilla group turned into terror enemy #1 via propaganda, used as an excuse to “fear” the Somalis in their own country and countries they escape to.
The mall attack hoax was used an excuse for the Kenyans to round up and turf out the Somalis in Kenya, including a section of Nairobi called “Little Mogodishu”.
Phony events always lead to real consequences.
Fake problem/real reaction/real solution.
A story about someone who’s desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. This is his ticket out. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees. Abdi has a memoir out on Tuesday called “Call Me American.” He’s also going on a short book tou
There probably has never been a man more demonized in the history of media than Adolph Hitler. Here’s a story about a British (!) boat that was said to have been linked to Hitler – or not. The truth isn’t important, but the myth is. Instructional from a fakeologist point of view – taking a phony story and burying it deep in ritual and consequence.
Nearly this entire show is devoted to the story of the boat known as “Hitler’s Yacht.” It’s a modern-day fable about what happens when the free market, the media, the World War II buffs, the Neo-Nazis, and the Jews all collide over a huge Nazi tourist trap. The boat arrived in America after World War II, and though there’s no evidence that Hitler ever set foot on the decks, the name was attached to the vessel in the 1950s, and it stuck. Reporter Alix Spiegel describes the story of the vessel as “the biography of a collective fantasy.”
It’s fun when my favorite mainstream podcast intersects with my favorite hoax.
Lynn Simpson worked on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center. She escaped, along with the rest of her office, and now is trying to figure out what it means that’s she’s alive, and how her life is different now.
A good episode that describes how they counted casualties in the Iraq war.
Recently, the British medical journal The Lancet published an study which updated their estimate of the number of Iraqis who’ve died since the U.S. invasion. With that in mind, we revisit a show we did in 2005 about the earlier study published in Lancet estimating the number of Iraqi deaths. That study was mostly ignored in the U.S. Alex Blumberg revisits the original study and looks at the new one.
As a fakeologist, you will probably agree with option #2 – that they made the numbers up – and made them so big – a big lie – that everybody would believe them.
Right. If you’re going to make up stuff, why go door to door in dangerous areas? Why not just sit in your office and make up stuff? And if you’re going to go door to door, why not just get the data?
Right. And if you’re going to make up stuff, why make up a number that even the people who are on your alleged side are going to argue with you about? That doesn’t make any sense at all. If he was going to fake the data, he would have said, there was 300,000 dead. And then everybody would have been joining in and saying, this is a horrible thing.
And instead, he comes up with this much larger number. It just doesn’t make any sense.
So if you’re going to lie, do a better job.
If you’re going to lie, make it a more plausible lie.