Thats the word from hoax historian Alex Boese, who runs museumofhoaxes.com, a website dedicated to exposing hoaxes, urban legends and other forms of B.S.
He says April 1 is a bad day for media pranks because any strange story gets extra scrutiny, especially now in the fast-paced world of the internet.
In some ways, thats sad, because Boese appreciates a good hoax, which he defines as something with a social purpose, such as the fake gypsy who protested the name of the gypsy moth because it supposedly maligned his culture.
But Boese has harsh words for bad hoaxes, such as fake bomb threats or women who turn themselves into phony abductees like Jennifer Wilbanks, last summers runaway bride.
Ironically, Boese not only writes about hoaxes, he engages in them himself. His online museum features pictures of a building that is supposedly the real museum of hoaxes and he claims he gets e-mails asking for directions.
Boese is the author on a new hoax history book, Hippo Eats Dwarf (Harcourt), which hits stores on April 1 seriously.
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