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WHY files

Believe it or not!

Forensics

Analyzing art

Chicken legs

The Ig-nobel awards

Three hoaxes

Bird-scam
Reclusive Forest Owlet Spotted After Disappearing for Century; in the Search, Researchers Also Uncover Scientific Fraud, Curt Suplee, The Washington Post, December 28, 1997.

Richard Meinertzhagen -- A Case of Fraud Examined, Alan Knox, Ibis, 135:320-35, 1993.

Tribe-scam
Anthropologists Debate Tasaday Hoax Evidence, Elliot Marshall, Science, Dec. 1, 1989, pp. 1113-4.

The Gentle Tasaday, A Stone Age People in the Philippine Rain Forest, John Nance, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.

The Tasaday Controversy: Assessing the Evidence, Thomas Headland, ed., Special publications of the American Anthropological Association, 1992.

The Tasaday -- real people, real hoax?

Doctored records
Consultant Accused of Inventing Details of Pioneering Operation, Emma Wilkins, The Times (London), June 6, 1995, Home news.

Fraud and Misconduct in Medical Research, Stephen Lock and Frank Wells, BMJ Publishing Group, London, 1993.

Lessons From the Pearce Affair, Stephen Lock, British Medical Journal, June 17, 1995, p. 1547 ff.

Retraction of Articles, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nov., 1995, p. 853.

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More hoaxes

Print
Impure Science, Robert Bell, John Wiley and Sons, 1992.

Betrayers of the Truth, Nicholas Wade and William Broad, Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Web
A good write-up on Piltdown Man -- the father of science hoaxes. Enter here with a fast Internet connection.

The wonderful crop circles scam.

More urban legends than you can shake a dowsing rod at.

Science Frontiers makes book on the improbable.

Folks at The Skeptic's Dictionary don't believe in nothin', it seems.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Well, we're no angels...

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