A CultureMap®
by James Waller
Published on 10/14/13
8 TOPICS / 9 CONNECTIONS

Hoaxers count on everyone else being a bunch of credulous fools, ready to accept as true whatever nonsense is set before them—especially if it confirms preexisting prejudices. The internet age is rife with hoaxes, but throughout history human beings have been just as naive as we are now, permitting schemers to lighten our wallets or, worse, rob us of our good judgment.

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Piltdown Man
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P.T. Barnum

P.T. Barnum
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Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale
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The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project
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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
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Hitler’s Diaries

Hitler’s Diaries
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JT LeRoy

JT LeRoy
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Tasaday

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
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Tasaday

Piltdown Man
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Tasaday