What are some of the greatest hoaxes that have ever fooled the world? This infographic shares a handful – from The Turk to the Loch Ness Monster to the War of the Worlds broadcast and a few modern hoaxes spawned on the Internet. Noticeably absent are Clever Hans and Piltdown Man, a couple of my personal favorites.
So why do people create hoaxes?
1. To draw attention to their fraudulent skills (ex: crop circles that were admittedly created by a couple of guys to show that they could fool others into thinking it was aliens).
2. To gain a financial benefit through deceit (ex: Microsoft giving away money to testers if you just click that link in the email…).
3. To feed our prejudices and beliefs (ex: someone believes they have the power to find water underground with a stick… then uses water dowsing to “prove” it).
4. Because it’s fun (for a huge list, look at the Top 100 April Fool’s Hoaxes).