It’s pretty easy to hoax people. We all want to be deceived, but only up to a point. Some hoaxes are fun and pleasant, others malicious and unpleasant. We’d like a way to tell the difference (Robert Carroll).

Sep 29, 2008

Hoaxes Classification

To apply structural approach to the topic investigation, we should offer some kind of the classification to the hoaxes according to the well-defined characteristics. It can be done from the different perspectives: in terms of the geographical spread, time, or character of hoax distribution. We are offering the thematic hoaxes categories presented below.

Categories of Hoaxes:

This category includes famous April’s Fool Day Hoaxes throughout the history, many of those have already became classic. Some of them are so successful, that they are coming back round after round in different places.

This category reviews all the hoaxes, related to music and musicians.

The history of world politics is full with lies and hoaxes. Not many of them become the public knowledge, even over the time.

The category represents the hoaxes and tricks of the miliatry and military intelligence in its efforts to let enemy forces (or any other group of people) believe in something that is not true.

This category represents the literature related Hoaxes and Jokes, like the famous authors impersonation.

This category collects the medicine related Hoaxes, which usually not directed to profit from fraud (otherwise, they would be called medical fraud scams), but rather popular jokes, urbam myths, and popular misconceptions.

A practical joke or prank is a stunt or trick to purposely make someone feel foolish or victimized, usually for humor.

This category contains interesting modern legends as warnings and stories about bad things happening to people and animals that never really happened. These are the poodle in the microwave and needles in movie theater seats variety.

This group includes real stories and messages that are not hoaxes, and look like hoaxes, and they are still making round after round in the media.

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