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posted by [personal profile] orichalcum at 02:01pm on 17/04/2009
I'm looking up good examples of fraudulent websites to present to my students as examples of "why you should not blindly trust the Net for all your historical research, especially if it involves Cleopatra and/or gladiators."

Some of my favorites so far, useful for academics, librarians, and everyone else:

Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!

The History of Boilerplate, a Victorian Mechanical Man

A Study of Feorran Grammar

The Emily Chesley Reading Circle
Mood:: 'amused' amused
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posted by [identity profile] contrariety.livejournal.com at 09:28pm on 17/04/2009
Well, of course, there's this:

Also, the "Mars is Boring" Letter of Annoyance on the Emily Chesley site is fantastic.
posted by [identity profile] orichalcum.livejournal.com at 09:33pm on 17/04/2009
Yes, I know that one, of course, but for this paper I was trying to stick to more humanities-based ones. :) And I figured everyone else already knew about the threat of dihydrogen monoxide.
posted by [identity profile] contrariety.livejournal.com at 09:36pm on 17/04/2009
Oh, no, the threat of dihydrogen monoxide, while known to the point of banality to many of *us*, is actually quite poorly understood generally. Just a couple months ago I showed the website to two office mates who had never seen it or heard of the potential danger. The university actually keeps a whole tub of the stuff right outside the main office. Nothing's been done about that, but at least everyone knows to be more careful about it now.
posted by [identity profile] orichalcum.livejournal.com at 09:44pm on 17/04/2009
Really? Well, it still seemed pointless to LJ about it in this case, but I'll definitely mention the urgent crisis to my students. Why aren't we at Threat Level Red?
posted by [identity profile] meepodeekin.livejournal.com at 09:41pm on 17/04/2009
This is great. I am totally saving this list for the next time I assign a research paper to a class.
posted by [identity profile] ladybird97.livejournal.com at 09:55pm on 17/04/2009
AWESOME. I am absolutely going to steal some of these. And properly credit you for bringing them to my attention, of course :)
posted by [identity profile] lisa-bee.livejournal.com at 04:02pm on 18/04/2009
This one is also great, though I may have heard about it from you or someone on our mutual LJ friends list:

posted by [identity profile] xse99.livejournal.com at 03:10am on 19/04/2009
I'm filing these away for potential future use. Had encountered Pacific Tree Octopus site at work, didn't end up using.


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