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Hoax

Balloon Hoax, The
news story in 1844, reporting the transatlantic crossing of a balloon with eight passengers. [Am. Lit.: The Balloon Hoax in Poe]
Piltdown man
missing link turned out to be orangutan. [Br. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 46; Time, October 13, 1978, 82]
References in classic literature ?
Swift, like Defoe, generally increases the verisimilitude of his fictions and his ironies by careful accuracy in details, which is sometimes arithmetically genuine, sometimes only a hoax. In Lilliput all the dimensions are scientifically computed on a scale one-twelfth as large as that of man; in Brobdingnag, by an exact reversal, everything is twelve times greater than among men.
I stood for a few minutes with my heart in my boots, wondering whether the whole thing was an elaborate hoax or not, when up came a man and addressed me.
"Well, I thought over the matter all day, and by evening I was in low spirits again; for I had quite persuaded myself that the whole affair must be some great hoax or fraud, though what its object might be I could not imagine.
And this was the tribute paid by the American public to the master who had given to it such tales of conjuring charm, of witchery and mystery as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "Ligea; such fascinating hoaxes as "The Unparalleled Adventure of Hans Pfaall," "MSS.
Summary: Bawana [Delhi] Aug 17 (ANI): Special cell of Delhi Police, in an unusual incident, has arrested a man for allegedly making a hoax call about a bomb set up by his wife, in order to stop her from leaving the country.
SEVEN hours of police time is spent every day dealing with a rising number of hoax calls in Northern Ireland, it can be revealed.
The fire service has warned of the danger of hoax calls after two crews were sent to a house fire that turned out to be a fake report.
AMetropolitan Policespokesperson confirmed there had been no stabbing and the incident was a hoax.
A lifeboat crew spent hours scouring the Moray coastline for a vessel in distress after receiving what is believed to have been a malicious hoax message via social media.
Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request made by the Chronicle shows that 510 hoax calls were made between the beginning of 2017 and March 29 this year.
Following the terror attacks in Sri Lanka, the Chennai police have been on their toes, thanks to 'hoax' calls from people who claim to have knowledge about those connected with the blasts, The Hindu newspaper reported.