Pranks and Hoaxes

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March 30, 2014

Everyone loves a good joke, right? Well, at least when it's not at your expense. We explore hoaxes throughout history, get in the mind of a prolific prankster, and hear from writer Walter Kirn about getting duped by a dangerous con man.


Joey Skaggs is a master of the hoax. His elaborate pranks have been fooling media outlets since the 1960s.

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March 16, 2023