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Famous Hoaxes Quiz

How much do you know about historical hoaxes? Test your knowledge in this quiz.

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How much do you know about historical hoaxes? Test your knowledge in this quiz.

1. Orson Welles's radio adaptation of War of the Worlds caused thousands of people to panic, misled by the use of fictional news broadcasts. In the adaptation, where were Martians supposed to have landed?

  • New Delhi
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York

2. George Hull and William Newell were responsible for a hoax in which the petrified body of a man over 10 feet tall was discovered and put on display. What was it named?

  • The Cardiff Giant
  • The Iron Giant
  • Piltdown Man
  • Adam

3. Who wrote dozens of articles for the New York Times that turned out to contain inaccurate, invented, or plaigiarized material?

  • Stephen Glass
  • Philip Glass
  • Jayson Blair
  • Tony Blair

4. On April 1, 1980, the BBC announced that Big Ben's clock would be replaced by what?

  • A giant sundial
  • A ball dropping every hour
  • The world's largest weather vane
  • A digital clock

5. On April 1, 1996, which company announced that it had bought the Liberty Bell?

  • AT&T
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Taco Bell
  • Timex

6. Three of these hoaxes involving marathon winners happened. Which did not?

  • Abbes Tehami's coach started the 1991 Brussels marathon, in an illegal tag-team victory.
  • Carl Lewis used a pair of motorized running shoes in the 1984 Olympic marathon.
  • Fred Lorz rode in a car for much of the 1904 Olympic marathon.
  • Rosie Ruiz started running about a half-mile before the finish line of the 1980 Boston Marathon.

7. If you received an e-mail out of the blue from the widow of former Nigerian dictator Sami Abacha, offering you the chance to make millions of dollars, you should...

  • ...feel incredibly lucky. Send her whatever it takes!
  • ...realize that this is a "419 scam," and delete the message.
  • ...print the message out and mail it to Craig Shergold, who's collecting them to set a world record.
  • ...write back and ask if she has a good recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

8. James Frey's memoir was an Oprah book in 2005. It turned out that he had exaggerated or made up much of it. What was the name of the book?

  • Five Easy Pieces
  • All the Pretty Little Ponies
  • A Million Little Pieces
  • The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

9. In a 2000 hoax, which animal-rights group warned that it would sabotage a Texas bass fishing tournament by spilling tranquilizers into the lake?

  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
  • Humans Adamantly Denouncing the Devil of Oceanic Creature-Killing (HADDOCK)
  • Austin Legal Alliance for Marine Occupants (ALAMO)

10. In an 1878 April Fool's Day hoax, the New York Graphic newspaper claimed that Thomas Edison had invented a machine that could do what?

  • Generate electricity using alternating current
  • Record the human voice
  • Emit a "death ray"
  • Turn water into wine

1. Orson Welles's radio adaptation of War of the Worlds caused thousands of people to panic, misled by the use of fictional news broadcasts. In the adaptation, where were Martians supposed to have landed?
New Jersey

2. George Hull and William Newell were responsible for a hoax in which the petrified body of a man over 10 feet tall was discovered and put on display. What was it named?
The Cardiff Giant

3. Who wrote dozens of articles for the New York Times that turned out to contain inaccurate, invented, or plaigiarized material?
Jayson Blair

4. On April 1, 1980, the BBC announced that Big Ben's clock would be replaced by what?
A digital clock

5. On April 1, 1996, which company announced that it had bought the Liberty Bell?
Taco Bell

6. Three of these hoaxes involving marathon winners happened. Which did not?
Carl Lewis used a pair of motorized running shoes in the 1984 Olympic marathon.

7. If you received an e-mail out of the blue from the widow of former Nigerian dictator Sami Abacha, offering you the chance to make millions of dollars, you should...
...realize that this is a "419 scam," and delete the message.

8. James Frey's memoir was an Oprah book in 2005. It turned out that he had exaggerated or made up much of it. What was the name of the book?
A Million Little Pieces

9. In a 2000 hoax, which animal-rights group warned that it would sabotage a Texas bass fishing tournament by spilling tranquilizers into the lake?
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

10. In an 1878 April Fool's Day hoax, the New York Graphic newspaper claimed that Thomas Edison had invented a machine that could do what?
Turn water into wine

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