Annotated Links: Hoax and Parody Sites

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A phony site about William Shakespear (sic) used to test evaluation skills. The site contains a variety of information that needs to be fact checked, including the credentials of its author, Marcus Letter. The site has broken links and a number of other Red Flags.
Regular news about cons and hoaxes makes this website an interesting stop. This is commercial website, dedicated to selling the author's book. The list of Internet hoax sites is valuable, but some links are out of date. As far as the author's credibility, little is known about the elusive Mr. Boese.<
A pseudoscientific organization dedicated to the egg? The site has a straight face and a bent sense of reality.
Popular presenter Ken Wiseman offers this page of evaluation links, which includes an extensive list of hoax sites.
The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
This is an exceptionally well done hoax site. The use of technology and design elements lends this site 'visual' credibility. Following the links provided on this site will lead you to additional hoax pages done with the same high graphics standards. Using the Link: feature found on many search engines, including our Search Wizard, reveals the self-referring nature of the site. You'll have to dig deeply with a skeptical eye to find the proof you need to debunk this site!
This is a self proclaimed parody site on whale research. It makes a good challenge for finding the author and publisher, analyzing the language to determine whether the site is a parody for or against whale research and/or hunting, and to find the site that is being parodized.
This Facebook page provides reports of whale sightings in Lake Michigan. It is a real challenge to find the author and publisher. Best use is to analyze the comments to determine what people think of the site.
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