Wiki Wormhole: Wikipedia has a long list of hoaxes… or does it?
With more than 4.6 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or looking for evidence to back up your theory that The Beatles never existed. But follow enough links, and you get sucked into some seriously strange places. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,679,931-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: List of hoaxes
What it’s about: It’s about a Nigerian prince, and the one weird trick that makes doctors hate him and can earn you $5,300 a month working from home! Yes, as far back as the time they took the word “gullible” out of the dictionary, there have been suckers, and people willing to prey on them by making up stories. Some hoaxes are played out for personal gain, some for amusement, and some wind up …