Hoax Web Sites

Here are some fun web sites for you to use with your students to teach them not to believe everything they see or read on the web.  I use these with middle school classes, then afterwards I show them some optical illusion images to reinforce the idea that everthing is not always what it appears to be.

Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus  works particularly well because it is a clever blend of fact and fiction. On the LHS there are always very recent news items about cephalopods, and most of the links take students to real websites. It is not until they start to dig further into the site that they realise that some parts of it are pretty silly. Then if you get them to type ‘Lyle Zapato’ (site author) into Google, the following result comes up, which of course proves conclusively that the site is a hoax.  http://zapatopi.net/zapato/ 

Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus      http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

POP! The First Male Pregnancy      http://www.malepregnancy.com/

California’s Velcro Crop Under Challenge       http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html

Dihydrogen Monoxide       http://www.dhmo.org/

Drop Bears       http://www.geocities.com/muirnin/db.htm   http://www.cfr.com.au/dropbears/index.html  http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/animals/comments/19/ 

Brittny Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics     http://britneyspears.ac/lasers.htm