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  • Fully protect both pages indefinitely. This ensures that the integrity of the archived hoaxes is preserved, and that they place no burden on project maintainers.

  • Academic research has investigated the impact and characteristics of Wikipedia hoaxes, and has proposed automated methods for detecting them. Researchers found that the automatic classification system was better at identifying hoaxes on Wikipedia than humans (86% vs. 63% accuracy) and used their algorithm to identify previously undiscovered hoaxes like "Steve Moertel" which went undetected for almost 7 years.
    One way to identify hoax articles included examining the article structure and content, its mentions in other articles on Wikipedia (i.e., embeddedness), and features of the editor who created the page. Specifically, hoax articles are likely to be longer than a legitimate article, less likely to have links to other Wikipedia articles, references, images, or other "wiki-like" markup, less likely to be mentioned in other Wikipedia articles before its creation, and more likely to be created by a new account with few to no other edits.
    While most hoaxes on Wikipedia are short-lived (90% of discovered hoaxes are flagged within one hour of creation and only 1% of hoaxes persist for more than a year), those that make it past this initial screening have an increased probability of continuing to "survive" and remain a part of Wikipedia for much longer (if a hoax survives past its first day, it has an 18% probability of lasting for a year or more). Compared to unsuccessful hoaxes, successful hoaxes that survive for long periods of time are more likely to include some "wiki-like" mark-up and more likely to include links to other articles on Wikipedia.
    Compared to legitimate articles, successful hoaxes generally receive less daily traffic, have a longer median article length (134 vs. 71 words), and include fewer links to other Wikipedia articles when considering their article length.

    Hoax articles

    Extant for 10+ years

    { Hoax
    ! Length
    ! Creation date
    ! Deletion date
    ! Size in bytes
    (last edit)
    !
    1,285
    Deletion discussion
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    The Gates of Saturn
    Fictitious ITV slapstick television program starring Jim Dale.
    data-sort-value="1405"
    1,373
    Speedy deleted as "G3: Blatant hoax"
    -
    Tim Verfaillie
    Fictitious biography about a Belgian painter, first created on the Dutch-language Wikipedia and in 2006 here
    data-sort-value="1304"
    1,010
    Speedy deleted as "G3: Blatant hoax"
    -
    Eric van Viele
    Fictitious biography about an actor of the 1922 horror film Nosferatu who supposedly sent death threats to the director. Although the subject might have been a real person, this and other extraordinary claims about him, such as that he was executed, had no sources.
    data-sort-value="1303"
    Deletion discussion
    Archived version of the hoax
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    Vivarem
    Fictitious Sanskrit word meaning "information"
    data-sort-value="1209"
    542
    Deletion reason and identification as a hoax
    -
    Bont
    Fictitious ball game, supposedly from France
    data-sort-value="1208"
    425
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bont
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    Synchronized Football
    Fictitious variant of association football. The article spuriously claimed it was a popular sport among youth in Norway and also contained a hoax diagram of one of its possible playing fields.
    data-sort-value="1205"
    6,506
    Deletion log
    Archived version of the hoax
    -
    Groove Radio
    Fictional British radio station, admitted to have been created by the editor for GCSE coursework in a 2008 forum post. The article existed as "Grooveradio" until a page move was made in 2019.
    data-sort-value="1204"
    1,037
    -
    Bine (mythology)
    Fictional ancient Akkadian demon claimed to equip demons with wings in preparation for the Second Coming; also claimed to have actually been a mortal carpenter who died and rose again. Despite having no sources, the hoax was included in Theresa Bane's Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures, published by McFarland & Company in 2012.
    data-sort-value="1204"
    1,112
    User talk:Doug Weller/Archive 46#Bine (mythology) hoax article
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    Chu Chi Zui
    Fictitious Chinese bishop
    data-sort-value="1203"
    940
    Deletion discussion
    -
    The Deadweights
    Fictitious American punk rock band; was part of a semi-walled garden of hoax articles about the band's alleged discography
    data-sort-value="1203"
    14,957
    Deletion discussion
    Teahouse report
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    Spanish tickler
    Claimed medieval torture device also known as Cat's paw
    data-sort-value="1202"
    1,398
    Rationale for deletion
    -
    Lollie Alexi Devereaux
    Fictitious French actor and opera singer
    data-sort-value="1201"
    Archived version of the hoax
    -
    Milk Studios
    Fictional speciality products retailer in Sweden.
    data-sort-value="1108"
    1,123
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Milk Studios A number of other organizations appear to exist which share this name but are actual studios or music studios.
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    Global Open University
    Indian degree mill posing on Wikipedia as a real university
    data-sort-value="1108"
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Global Open University
    Archived version of the hoax
    -
    Teddy Dressing
    Fictitious children's book about dressing.
    data-sort-value="1107"
    1,070
    Deletion discussion
    -
    George K. Broomhall
    Fictitious brevet general during the American Civil War who was also credited with the invention of cream soda.
    data-sort-value="1105"
    2,622
    Identification of hoax
    -
    Lipid therapy
    Fictitious medical treatment
    data-sort-value="1101"
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Lipid therapy
    Archived version of the hoax
    -
    Sheer Perfection
    Purported HBO miniseries, either fictitious or abandoned extremely early in development.
    data-sort-value="1010"
    419
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sheer Perfection
    -
    Christopher Hamilton
    Fictitious Anglo-Irish politician and commander
    data-sort-value="1009"
    Deletion discussion
    Archived version of the hoax
    -
    48 Belgrave Square
    London house falsely alleged to have been owned by fictitious Anglo-Irish politician and commander Christopher Hamilton (see above)
    data-sort-value="1009"
    Deletion discussion
    Archived version of the hoax
    -
    Courts (village)
    Fictional village in Graubünden, Switzerland.
    data-sort-value="1009"
    450
    Speedy deleted as "G3: Blatant hoax: per PROD, obvious hoax by indef-blocked sockmaster"
    -
    Théophile Figeys
    Alleged major general in the Belgian army
    data-sort-value="1003"
    1,245
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Théophile Figeys, archived version of the hoax
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    Jack Robichaux
    Fictional 19th-century serial rapist in New Orleans
    data-sort-value="1001"
    1,164
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jack Robichaux Archived version of hoax:
    Please note: John Robichaux was a different, real, nineteenth-century New Orleans personality.
    article on i100

    Extant for 8–9 years

    { class="wikitable sortable" Hoax
    ! Length
    ! Creation date
    ! Deletion date
    ! Size in bytes
    (last edit)
    ! class="unsortable" Links
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    Maddi Fairthorne
    Fictitious president of the World Bank from 1985 to 1988. In reality, Alden W. Clausen and Barber Conable held the office during that time.
    data-sort-value="911.5" 9 years,
    11½ months
    September 1, 2006
    August 25, 2016
    Maddi Fairthorne deletion log Archived version of hoax: https://web.archive.org/web/20151004105547/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maddi_Fairthorne
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    Princess Maria Cristina Amelia of Naples and Sicily
    Fictitious Princess of Naples and Sicily and twin sister of the future Queen of Sardinia.
    data-sort-value="910.5" 9 years,
    10½ months
    February 18, 2010
    January 3, 2020
    Articles for Deletion discussion Article deletion log https://web.archive.org/web/20191228003131/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Maria_Cristina_Amelia_of_Naples_and_Sicily Archived version of hoax https://twitter.com/kateheartfield/status/1210583543513923587 Twitter thread from author Kate Heartfield, who first discovered and wrote about why this person never existed.
    -
    Guillermo Garcia
    Imaginary "highly influential" oil and forestry magnate in 18th-century South America
    data-sort-value="910" 9 years,
    10 months
    November 17, 2005
    September 19, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Guillermo Garcia (businessman)
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    Jar'Edo Wens
    Fictional Australian Aboriginal deity, presumably named after "Jared Owens".
    data-sort-value="909" 9 years,
    9 months
    May 29, 2005
    March 3, 2015
    539
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jar'Edo Wens. Archives: English article, https://archive.today/mVnF8 English article's revision history. Note also: https://archive.today/TSMPp French translation, https://archive.today/WH2M8 Revision history of French article, https://archive.today/bjiWQ Wikidata entry, https://archive.today/lJU3M Revision history of Wikidata entry
    Encyclopedia article about the hoax
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    Pikes on Cliffs
    Fictional Spanish coastal house, claimed as the 16th-century home of a nonexistent Irish sailor who survived a death sentence from Sir Francis Drake.
    data-sort-value="908.5" 9 years,
    8½ months
    March 17, 2005
    December 5, 2014
    936
    Pikes on Cliffs deletion log Archived hoax: https://web.archive.org/web/20060913000000/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pikes_on_Cliffs
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    Salvadorian Magpie
    Fictional bird allegedly found in Jamaica
    data-sort-value="908"
    March 7, 2011
    November 24, 2020
    1,020
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Salvadorian Magpie
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    World Laparoscopy Hospital
    Fictitious Indian hospital, actually an apparent scam
    data-sort-value="907" 9 years,
    7 months
    November 27, 2010
    June 28, 2020
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/World Laparoscopy Hospital
    Archived version of the hoax
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    Gregory Namoff
    An "internationally known" but nonexistent investment banker, minor Watergate figure, and U.S. Senate candidate.
    data-sort-value="906.5" 9 years,
    6½ months
    June 17, 2005
    January 13, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Gregory Namoff Archive
    -
    Izana
    Fictional Incan creation myth
    data-sort-value="1001" 9 years,
    6½ months
    October 25, 2010
    May 11, 2020
    AFD nomination, archived article
    -
    Double Hour
    Supposed German and American television show, covering historic events over a two-hour span.
    data-sort-value="906" 9 years,
    6 months
    September 23, 2005
    April 4, 2015
    Double Hour (TV series) deletion log Archived version of hoax: https://web.archive.org/web/20060913000000/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Hour_(TV_series)
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    Sean Mann
    "Allan K. Wood Distinguished Professor of Bioethics and Korean language" at the University of California, Berkeley, with a remarkable but totally fake career as a bioethicist, theologian, and anarchist.
    data-sort-value="906" 9 years,
    6 months
    October 6, 2005
    April 5, 2015
    6,819
    Sean Mann deletion log
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    Snappy & friends
    Supposed animated show
    data-sort-value="905.5" 9 years,
    5½ months
    March 6, 2005
    August 22, 2014
    958
    -
    Conchobar Mac Con Raoí
    Fictitious inhabitant of Galway, Ireland who lived (or claimed to live) 280 years from 1300 to 1580. References mentioned an Irish historian as source, but this author's work does not mention the subject.
    data-sort-value="1105" 9 years,
    4½ months
    December 14, 2009
    May 5, 2019
    1,427
    deletion discussion
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    Blood Eagle (band)
    Supposed British band
    data-sort-value="903.5" 9 years,
    3½ months
    December 30, 2005
    April 21, 2015
    deletion log, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blood_eagle&diff=33263745&oldid=31449605 addition at Blood eagle
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    Nicholas Burkhart
    Fictitious 17th-century legislator in the House of Keys on the Isle of Man.
    data-sort-value="902" 9 years,
    2 months
    July 19, 2006
    September 26, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Nicholas Burkhart
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    Henry Vaughan
    Fictitious 18th-century landowner, supposedly killed by a mob and buried at the Radnorshire Arms in Presteigne.
    data-sort-value="901.5" 9 years,
    1½ months
    October 28, 2005
    December 11, 2014
    Henry Vaughan deletion log
    Related hoax material removed in stages from Radnorshire Arms during November & December 2014.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Radnorshire_Arms&oldid=26627404 Original creation with multiple hoaxes at Radnorshire Arms https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Radnorshire_Arms&diff=634174106&oldid=586627540 Main hoax removal https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Radnorshire_Arms&diff=636597637&oldid=635542754 Removal of additional hoax information about hotel
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    Rich Bradford
    Supposed New Mexico Lobos football player, falsely listed as an Outland Trophy nominee and credited with a key play in the California Raisin Bowl.
    data-sort-value="811.5" 8 years,
    11½ months
    May 1, 2007
    April 16, 2016
    1,277
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Rich Bradford. The author and his sock created Fumble Rumble and Las Vegas All-Star Classic to support the story and created links in a number of existing articles. Las Vegas All-Star Classic lasted two months and was deleted as a content fork rather than as an hoax. Although it linked to Fumble Rumble no suspicions were aroused. Fumble Rumble was re-created twice and survived for more than a year and was deleted for lack of notability with just a suspicion that it might be an hoax. And although it linked to Rich Bradford suspicions were again not aroused.
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    Hey Everybody
    Fictional album
    data-sort-value="811" 8 years,
    11 months
    January 5, 2008
    December 16, 2016
    2,060
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hey Everybody
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    Emilia Dering
    Long-lived article about a non-existent 19th-century German poet started with the basic "Emilia Dering is a famous poet who was born in Berlin, Germany on April 16, 1885" and immediately given an image of Mark E. Smith by a single purpose account
    data-sort-value="810" 8 years,
    10 months
    December 6, 2006
    October 6, 2015
    643
    Emilia Dering deletion log; deleted via A7. On the same day of the article's creation, a person claiming to be the granddaughter of Emilia Dering made a http://emiliadering.blogspot.com/ blog post with an attributed poem supposedly by her.
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    To the Hills with Thee, Angharrad
    Nonexistent one-man play set in Wales, the United States, and Vietnam, falsely ascribed to Boyd Clack; cited a fake review by Kenneth Tynan.
    data-sort-value="808" 8 years,
    8 months
    December 2, 2006
    August 10, 2015
    Deletion log
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    Doni Kochev
    Imaginary 19th-century Bulgarian revolutionary against the Ottoman Empire.
    data-sort-value="807" 8 years,
    7 months
    January 19, 2007
    August 31, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Doni Kochev
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    Bodhi stones
    Supposed mythical stones carved from Mount Meru and distributed among eight elders in eight villages because of their sacred powers; falsely sourced to the Mahabharata before G3 deletion.
    data-sort-value="807" 8 years,
    7 months
    August 15, 2006
    March 16, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bodhi stones Archived version of hoax: https://web.archive.org/web/20060913000000/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_stones
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    Jeffrey Boehm
    Fictitious British naval officer with supposed feats in battle at Grenada, the Saintes, and Trafalgar.
    data-sort-value="806.5" 8 years,
    6½ months
    January 23, 2007
    August 11, 2015
    3,344
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jeffrey Boehm
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    Catherine Higgins
    Nonexistent TV actress, supposedly noted for roles on the imaginary ABC shows Death Reward and Ocatavius Merredrew; G3 deletion.
    data-sort-value="806" 8 years,
    6 months
    January 19, 2007
    July 18, 2015
    Catherine Higgins deletion log Archived version of hoax: https://web.archive.org/web/20150319211202/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Higgins
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    Library of Amartya
    Fictional library.
    data-sort-value="805.5" 8 years,
    5½ months
    January 13, 2007
    July 4, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Library of Amartya.
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    Near Dark (unfinished film)
    Nonexistent remake, based on claims of a remake that was cancelled in the pre-production stage.
    data-sort-value="805.5" 8 years,
    5 months
    August 9, 2007
    March 15, 2016
    676
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Near Dark (unfinished film).
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    Medio Oriente
    Fictitious borough of San Juan, Puerto Rico
    data-sort-value="903.5" 8 years,
    5 months
    September 21, 2010
    February 16, 2019
    Deletion discussion
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    Hugh Bruce Cunningham
    Supposed Scottish minister noted for a fictitious coat of arms and the rejection of a knighthood from King George III.
    data-sort-value="804" 8 years,
    4 months
    March 28, 2007
    August 6, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hugh Bruce Cunningham Archived at ejje.weblio.jp
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    Collins Slip
    Nonexistent instruction sheet included with prescription drugs, based on a spurious 1983 accident in Akron, Ohio.
    data-sort-value="803.5" 8 years,
    3½ months
    November 22, 2006
    March 8, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Collins Slip
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    Eric Heineman
    Supposed Czech-American mathematician and electrical engineer with reputed academic career at Charles University and Yale in 19th & early 20th century.
    data-sort-value="803" 8 years,
    3 months
    August 18, 2006
    November 29, 2014
    Eric Heineman deletion log Archived version of hoax: https://web.archive.org/web/20060913000000/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Heineman
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    Don Meme
    A fictitious "mythical, wise guru" in Puebla, Mexico, supposedly the subject of a nonexistent short story collection; also claimed to be a mentor for real-life bands and "an entity that appears as soon as a bohemian party is summoned." Later deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="803" 8 years,
    3 months
    December 14, 2006
    March 21, 2015
    Don Meme deletion log
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    Victor Escobar
    Nonexistent Colombian student at School of the Americas, whose unexplained disappearance supposedly prompted a bill in the United States House of Representatives.
    data-sort-value="802.5" 8 years,
    2½ months
    October 11, 2006
    January 9, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Victor Escobar Archived version of hoax: https://web.archive.org/web/20101103091713/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Escobar
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    Chaozhouxieye
    Fabricated Chinese leisurewear company "best known for their plastic open toe slippers or flip-flops" and apparently worn by Jodie Marsh, Ken Dodd, and C+C Music Factory (whose song "Things That Make You Go Hmmm" also allegedly inspired by the company)
    data-sort-value="802" 8 years,
    2 months
    August 20, 2007
    October 22, 2015
    1,138
    -
    Horng fong
    "Legendary" Vietnamese reptile not mentioned in any sources (including the real sources mentioned in the article).
    data-sort-value="802" 8 years,
    2 months
    November 2, 2008
    December 29, 2016
    2,099
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Horng fong
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    Jairo Valos Rodriguez
    Invented American yo-yo champion born on August 26, 1989.
    data-sort-value="801.5" 8 years,
    1½ months
    April 24, 2009
    June 15, 2017
    2,416
    -
    Ted and the Treble Tones
    Fake rock band from Fresno, credited with an imaginary 1959 hit that appears nowhere on the Billboard charts.
    data-sort-value="801.5" 8 years,
    1½ months
    November 13, 2006
    January 1, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ted and The Treble Tones
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    Daniel de Búrca
    Nonexistent 18th-century Irish philosopher, credited with fake controversial essays that supposedly influenced David Hume.
    data-sort-value="801" 8 years,
    1 month
    October 16, 2006
    November 30, 2014
    Daniel de Búrca deletion log
    WP:SPEEDYSpeedily deleted (A11) in 2006; article subsequently restarted and survived more than eight years before G3 deletion.
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    Gaius Flavius Antoninus
    Supposed assassin of Julius Caesar, claimed to have later been assassinated himself by a male prostitute hired by Mark Antony
    data-sort-value="801" 8 years,
    1 month
    June 9, 2004
    July 13, 2012
    835
    Discussion at WikiProject Classical Greece and Rome
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    Alyse Squillace
    Fictitious American children's book author
    data-sort-value="800" 8 years,
    11 days
    February 6, 2007
    February 17, 2015
    1,039
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Alyse Squillace

    Extant for 4–7 years

    { class="wikitable sortable" Hoax
    ! Length
    ! Creation date
    ! Deletion date
    ! Size in bytes
    (last edit)
    ! class="unsortable" Links
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    The Falsetto Basses
    Fictitious pop band of the late 1980s, supposedly based in Asheville, North Carolina and credited with two nonexistent hit songs.
    data-sort-value="711.5" 7 years,
    11½ months
    April 8, 2007
    April 3, 2015
    The Falsetto Basses deletion log
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    Scarlett Montanaro
    Fictitious British singer/actress
    data-sort-value="711" 7 years,
    11 months
    June 27, 2012
    May 29, 2020
    Scarlett Montanaro deletion log
    https://web.archive.org/web/20200529005446/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlett_Montanaro Archived version of the hoax
    -
    St Angeline
    Fake wind-powered "submersible research centre" in the Atlantic Ocean west of England, supposedly designed for the study of life support and land reclamation systems.
    data-sort-value="710.5" 7 years,
    10½ months
    October 4, 2007
    August 31, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/St Angeline
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    Morgan Dee Voon
    Alleged amateur female scientist and possible mistress of the founder of modern genetics Gregor Mendel
    data-sort-value="710.5" 7 years,
    10½ months
    April 7, 2007
    February 23, 2015
    3,091
    Morgan Dee Voon deletion log
    Justification at the creator's talk page
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    Guy de la Bretaigne
    Imaginary "critic, dandy, and man of letters" in 19th-century France, supposedly noted for his "studied indifference" and correspondence with Charles Baudelaire.
    data-sort-value="709.5" 7 years,
    9½ months
    June 20, 2007
    April 18, 2015
    3,091
    Guy de la Bretaigne deletion log
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    Wolsebuse Games
    Fictitious 1990s video game company
    data-sort-value="709.5" 7 years,
    9½ months
    February 10, 2007
    December 5, 2014
    4,138
    Wolsebuse Games deletion log
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    The Brothers Wing
    Invented Florida-based reggae band with a fictitious album
    data-sort-value="709" 7 years,
    9 months
    March 10, 2007
    December 19, 2014
    2,130
    The Brothers Wing deletion log
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    PH Games
    Nonexistent tabletop game manufacturer in India, credited with numerous imaginary titles across multiple platforms. Deleted via prod for being an advertisement, then deleted due to Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/PH Games.
    data-sort-value="708.5" 7 years,
    8½ months
    November 6, 2007
    July 25, 2015
    1,188
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/PH Games
    -
    The Vans Brothers
    Fictitious mid-2000s New Zealand blues band, with a nonexistent album and record label.
    data-sort-value="707" 7 years,
    7 months
    January 21, 2008
    August 31, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Vans Brothers
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    Reede-drum
    Imaginary frame drum from Kyrgyzstan
    data-sort-value="707" 7 years,
    7 months
    December 10, 2007
    July 18, 2015
    2,130
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Reede-drum
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    TNT television
    Nonexistent 2001-2002 Australian children's show on Network Ten
    data-sort-value="706.5" 7 years,
    6½ months
    January 16, 2008
    August 2, 2015
    Last version prior to being tagged as hoax; https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=TNT_television&action=history Article history; redirected to TNT (TV channel) after being nominated for G3 deletion.
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    James Snipplet
    Nonexistent 19th-century member of Parliament, poet, and songwriter, supposedly noted for his advocacy of Irish tenant farmers' rights; hoax Twitter account created for support.
    data-sort-value="706" 7 years,
    6 months
    February 25, 2008
    September 8, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/James Snipplet
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    Evarts Friedman
    Imaginary 1910s and 1920s vaudeville promoter, whose supposed career ended in debt, disaster, and conflict with "bailiffs, Mafioso and the Chicago State police."
    data-sort-value="705.5" 7 years,
    5½ months
    June 11, 2007
    December 1, 2014
    Evarts Friedman deletion log
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    Mendaxi
    Fictitious Greek cosmetics company, supposedly backed by Aristotle Onassis and purchased by L'Oreal in 1976.
    data-sort-value="705.5" 7 years,
    5½ months
    February 17, 2008
    August 7, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mendaxi
    -
    Hector Does
    Nonexistent 1987 animated Conservative Party short films on political topics (e.g., Hector Refuses to Join a Trade Union), apparently derived from Charley Says; supposedly ordered destroyed by Margaret Thatcher.
    data-sort-value="704.5" 7 years,
    4½ months
    March 21, 2008
    August 8, 2015
    Hector Does deletion log
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    Nihil Pop Organization
    Supposed counter-cultural organization with branches in the United States, France and Italy; allegedly dedicated to "nihilism through pop culture" by means of art exhibitions, fanzines, and terrorism.
    data-sort-value="703" 7 years,
    3 months
    June 24, 2008
    September 23, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Nihil Pop Organization
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    Clyde McKnight
    American rapper; appears to be a real person, however article falsely claimed collaborations with Paris Hilton, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and more.
    data-sort-value="702" 7 years,
    2 months
    November 25, 2012
    January 30, 2020
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Clyde McKnight
    Archived version of the hoax
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    rowspan=2 Chen Fang
    A Wikipedian noticed in November 2012 that The Harvard Guide to Using Sources said that "an Expos student who was writing a paper about the limitations of Wikipedia posted a fictional entry for himself, stating that he was the mayor of a small town in China. Four years later, if you type in his name, or if you do a subject search on Wikipedia for mayors of towns in China, you will still find this fictional entry." No longer.
    data-sort-value="0" 6 days
    February 11, 2005
    February 17, 2005
    rowspan=2 2005 VfD, Discussion on the Admin noticeboard
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    data-sort-value="702" 7 years,
    2 months
    September 25, 2005
    November 19, 2012
    -
    data-sort-value="Cadamekela" Fictitious works, Cadamekela and Durkeamynarda, attributed to Indian mathematician Brahmagupta
    data-sort-value="701" 7 years,
    1 month
    June 25, 2007
    July 29, 2014

    , ; removed from French and https://hu.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brahmagupta&diff=16464996&oldid=15467589 Hungarian Wikipedia in September 2015.
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    Siete Viejo (gang)
    Fictitious street gang allegedly founded by Vietnam War veterans.
    data-sort-value="701"7 years,
    1 month
    August 5, 2011
    September 5, 2018
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Siete Viejo (gang)
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    Mr Bennett Goes to Town
    Nonexistent Nazi propaganda film set in Manchester, supposedly produced in 1937 but never released because of production complaints by Joseph Goebbels.
    data-sort-value="701" 7 years,
    1 month
    March 15, 2008
    April 14, 2015
    Mr Bennett Goes to Town deletion log
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    Elaine de Francias
    Supposed illegitimate daughter of Henry II of France; hoax was suspected for years on talk page and taken apart piecemeal before final PROD deletion.
    data-sort-value="700.5" 7 years,
    ½ month
    February 28, 2008
    March 20, 2015
    Elaine de Francias deletion log
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    J.J. Johnson
    Fictional NFL player with a fabricated career with UCLA, the Kansas City Chiefs, and numerous teams in other leagues
    data-sort-value="700.5" 7 years,
    ½ month
    October 25, 2007
    November 15, 2014
    J.J. Johnson deletion log
    Not to be confused with an actual J.J. Johnson (running back)J.J. Johnson who was active in the NFL at the same time
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    Manfred Jung
    Fictitious French poet, noted for his equally spurious "philosophical or theological" poetry collection Instructions.
    data-sort-value="700" 7 years
    September 16, 2008
    September 26, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Manfred Jung
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    Gatsby Major
    Alleged to be Director of Bureau of Fisheries in 1897.
    data-sort-value="611.8" 6 years,
    11 3/4 months
    October 23, 2008
    October 19, 2015
    1,545
    Gatsby Major deletion log
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    Tony's Home
    Spectacular but false record (#2 on the Billboard charts in 2006, 376,000 sales in first week) for an obscure rap album
    data-sort-value="611.5" 6 years,
    11½ months
    September 25, 2008
    September 19, 2015
    2,396
    Tony's Home deletion log
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    Olimar The Wondercat
    Fictional children's television programme. Author later admitted he made it for his cat.
    data-sort-value="611" 6 years,
    11 months
    August 5, 2006
    July 9, 2013
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Olimar The Wondercat
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    Steve Moertel
    Fictitious inventor of a new type of popcorn.
    data-sort-value="610.5" 6 years,
    10½ months
    March 12, 2009
    February 3, 2016
    Hoax discovered by researchers from the University of Maryland and Stanford University as part of an academic paper.
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    George Colby and Colby Pirates
    A supposed British privateer and profiteer ("Colonial Colonel Cheese Colby"), and his group of pirates, of the French and Indian War (1754–1763)
    data-sort-value="610" 6 years,
    10 months
    August 5, 2006
    June 7, 2013
    1,406
    1,211
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/George Colby, Believed by at least one book and many people online
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    Napalm Brain
    Nonexistent English psychedelic rock band credited with two fictitious albums.
    data-sort-value="609.5" 6 years,
    9½ months
    February 19, 2008
    December 10, 2014
    Napalm Brain deletion log
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    Daniel Pontillas
    Supposedly a "gentleman thief, master of disguise, and an amateur detective" in a 1905 short-story collection; partial name-change plagiarism of Arsène Lupin.
    data-sort-value="609" 6 years,
    9 months
    July 5, 2008
    April 9, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Daniel Pontillas
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    Murder of Andre Marshall
    Imaginary murder in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
    data-sort-value="609" 6 years,
    9 months
    November 30, 2006
    August 26, 2013
    4,653
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Murder of Andre Marshall
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    Athanasius of Dendrinata
    Fictional "negotiator and scholar" in Athens during the 2nd century BC
    data-sort-value="608" 6 years,
    8 months
    August 2, 2009
    April 15, 2016
    709
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Athanasius of Dendrinata via SwisterTwister
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    Howard's Law
    Fictitious formula for diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, supposedly identified in 1955 by the equally spurious doctor "Howard Luci-Liu."
    data-sort-value="607" 6 years,
    7 months
    data-sort-value="October 1, 2007" October 2007
    May 29, 2014
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Howard's Law
    Cited on a MLB.com message board in a totally unrelated discussion about Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard
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    Milton Bradley Playmate
    Supposed 600-cubic-foot computer prototype designed in late 1960s to play various board games using a giant robotic claw arm.
    data-sort-value="607" 6 years,
    7 months
    data-sort-value="January 1, 2008" January 2008
    August 10, 2014
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Milton Bradley Playmate
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    Kings of All Times
    Nonexistent Yemeni novel, credited to two different dubious authors, about the political and personal challenges of an Estonian and his delusional friend in Yemen.
    data-sort-value="606.5" 6 years,
    6½ months
    April 30, 2008
    November 23, 2014
    Kings of All Times deletion log
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    Tillery
    Band that supposedly perished in an airplane crash on December 12, 1956 en route to a "Lester Concert Hall", which also does not exist.
    data-sort-value="606" 6 years,
    6 months
    November 20, 2005
    May 14, 2012
    380
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Tillery
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    O-Ha!
    Nonexistent sitcom on ABC (now TV5) in the Philippines, with only four episodes from 2006-2007.
    data-sort-value="605.5" 6 years,
    5½ months
    October 13, 2008
    April 9, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/O-Ha!
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    Bonehill international
    Supposed KGB "department for exportation of revolution," blamed for a nonexistent financial scandal in Latvia.
    data-sort-value="604.5" 6 years,
    4½ months
    July 14, 2008
    December 3, 2014
    Bonehill international deletion log
    Speedily deleted soon after creation (A1), but article was immediately rebuilt and survived more than 6 years.
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    Crocodile shears
    Supposed Medieval torture device
    data-sort-value="604.5" 6 years,
    4½ months
    March 20, 2006
    July 30, 2012
    1,172
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Crocodile shears Named by Listverse as the most gruesome medieval torture device
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    Rough Creek Ranch
    Supposed ranch in Oklahoma which claimed to be "the first parcel to be purchased in a long-term plan to re-establish the equivalent of conditions in Oklahoma which existed prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 16th through 18th centuries."
    data-sort-value="603.5" 6 years,
    3½ months
    September 5, 2006
    December 15, 2012
    546
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Rough Creek Ranch
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    Assorted made-up political parties in Kosovo
    Democrat Republic Party
    Christian Party of Kosovo
    Union of Kosovo Party
    Serbian Union of Kosovo & Metohija
    Peoples Party of Kosovo
    data-sort-value="603" 6 years,
    3 months
    October 11, 2008
    January 17, 2015
    416
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Democrat Republic Party
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    The Travails and Tribulations of Geoffrey Peacock
    Fictional novel alleged to have been written by Huxley, the book was listed on Huxley's article in 2008 and an article on the novel was written in May 2014, prompting its detection.
    data-sort-value="603" 6 years,
    3 months (inclusion on Huxley's page)
    February 25, 2008
    May 14, 2014
    7,203
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Travails and Tribulations of Geoffrey Peacock
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    1978–79 Boston College basketball point shaving scandal
    Player Joe Streater was alleged to have been involved, even though he wasn't even a member of the team that year. Only identified after spreading to numerous sources, including the Associated Press.
    data-sort-value="602" 6 years,
    2 months
    August 12, 2008
    October 8, 2014
    Signpost article
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    Hasan Masurica
    Claimed inventor/engineer who built an airplane out of wood in 1899.
    data-sort-value="602" 6 years,
    2 months
    March 6, 2012
    May 1, 2018
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hasan Masurica
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    Rhys Hopkin
    Supposed Newcastle Falcons rugby player and politician, with fabricated career as mayor of Durham and a brother claimed to be Labour MP for Wells; deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="601" 6 years,
    1 month
    June 27, 2009
    August 6, 2015
    Rhys Hopkin deletion log
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    Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment
    Indian degree mill presented as a legitimate academic institution
    data-sort-value="600.5" 6 years,
    ½ month
    June 18, 2014
    June 30, 2020
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment
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    Victoria Jade Meyers
    Non-existent Australian actress
    data-sort-value="600" 6 years
    February 13, 2013
    February 18, 2019
    1,891
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Victoria Jade Meyers. Article creator previously also created an article on another likely fabricated Australian actress, Cheyenne Carthy, which was quickly caught and deleted.
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    Kunhar River Spot-Boi
    Fictitious river in Pakistan
    data-sort-value="511.5" 5 years,
    11½ months
    November 18, 2014
    October 31, 2020
    Archived version of the hoax
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    Sura of Parthia
    Fictitious Iranian warrior princess, non-existent daughter of the real Ardavān V, last king of the Parthian empire. Hoax only discovered after both fooling a senior academic and also inspiring another woman to change her name in honour of this imaginary princess.
    data-sort-value="511" 5 years,
    11 months
    June 3, 2012
    May 3, 2018
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sura of Parthia Archived version of hoax: https://web.archive.org/web/20161114170441/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sura_of_Parthia
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    WWVS-LP
    Fictitious American TV station
    data-sort-value="511" 5 years,
    11 months
    October 4, 2014
    September 2, 2020
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/WWVS-LP
    Archived version of hoax
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    Saint Ofelia
    Alleged Danish Catholic saint and disciple of Saint Ansgar
    data-sort-value="510" 5 years,
    10 months
    June 8, 2008
    April 14, 2014
    521
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Saint Ofelia
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    Operation Pax Romana
    Fictitious Nazi program to expand the Holocaust in Romania, directed by a fake "Colonel Johannes Jodl" before his supposed escape to Brazil; hoax was revealed in a 2010 edit but self-reverted and survived five more years.
    data-sort-value="510" 5 years,
    10 months
    May 26, 2009
    March 29, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Operation Pax Romana
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    Gold Tea
    Supposed brand of tea from the Confederate States of America. Originally an unsourced stub, it was later expanded to claim that gold flakes were put into the tea for smuggling to the north.
    data-sort-value="509" 5 years,
    9 months
    May 17, 2005
    February 16, 2011
    1,163
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Gold Tea
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    Unit 773
    Imaginary Japanese biological weapons unit in the imaginary Chinese city of "Songo", created by a banned user
    data-sort-value="509" 5 years,
    9 months
    October 7, 2006
    July 3, 2012
    805
    Unit 731 is a similar actual article
    The imaginary Unit 773 fooled at least one website and one book.http://books.google.com/books?id=U8WcAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA157&lpg=PA157&dq=%22Unit+773%22+%22Japanese%22&source=bl&ots=YdiWNElyZr&sig=gQVw0Ch1s7NlI_Gf556uZfA_KQE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7x_EU4OAIY2KyASXt4GoCA&ved=0CB4Q6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=%22Unit%20773%22%20%22Japanese%22&f=false
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    Nevsky (Russian mafia)
    Alleged organized crime family in Russia and the United States; supposedly reduced drastically through "constant wars with rival criminal families."
    data-sort-value= "508.5" 5 years,
    8½ months
    July 6, 2009
    March 31, 2015
    3,024
    Nevsky (Russian mafia) deletion log
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    Gideon Planke
    Fictitious 17th-century witch-finder active in Shropshire, supposedly the subject of a 19th-century poem used to "enforce good behaviour on unruly children before bedtime."
    data-sort-value="507" 5 years,
    7 months
    September 8, 2009
    April 20, 2015
    Gideon Planke deletion log
    Believed by a https://books.google.com/books?id=mYs7AwAAQBAJ&pg=PT190&lpg=PT190&dq=%22Gideon+Planke%22&source=bl&ots=TZPdyTUvuq&sig=xdP1eRfxxGvSMD0c4G5Hv5CT8pk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zO80VY7EAoyiNprCgMAJ&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Gideon%20Planke%22&f=false book before G3 deletion.
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    La Croix du Sanguine Rouge
    A supposed novel by a non-existent French writer that was released in French and English.
    data-sort-value="507" 5 years,
    7 months
    March 6, 2010
    October 3, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/La Croix du Sanguine Rouge
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    Japan Television Service
    Nonexistent TV network broadcasting in both Japan and the United Kingdom.
    data-sort-value="506.5" 5 years,
    6½ months
    February 7, 2010
    September 3, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Japan Television Service
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    Katiba Ketubah
    Fictitious reality TV series
    data-sort-value="506" 5 years,
    6 months
    December 6, 2014
    June 10, 2020
    Archived version of the hoax
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    George P. Burdell
    Various fictitious additions in articles on a race car driver, a record producer, a West African Colonial figure. Part of a group of seven long lasting vandalisms.
    data-sort-value="506" 5 years,
    6 months
    June 28, 2009
    December 23, 2014
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    Digital Lady
    Nonexistent San Francisco rock band that supposedly included the brother of the White House press secretary and used acoustic guitars and kitchen utensils to simulate the Moog synthesizer. Survived more than five years before G3 deletion.
    data-sort-value="506" 5 years,
    6 months
    data-sort-value="December 1, 2008" December 2008
    July 12, 2014
    Digital Lady deletion log
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    Bicholim conflict
    Fictitious conflict between the Portuguese rulers of Goa and the Maratha Empire which supposedly took place from mid-1640 to early 1641. It was assessed as a good article in September 2007, but failed a featured article nomination the next month as page numbers were not provided for references. investigated these references in 2012 and found that the main works cited do not actually exist.
    One of the longest and most elaborate hoax articles on Wikipedia. Probably the only one to have been assessed as a good article.
    data-sort-value="505.5" 5 years,
    5½ months
    July 4, 2007
    December 29, 2012
    33,577
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bicholim conflict
    Reference at Daily Dot and http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/war-over-imaginary-bicholim-conflict-page-removed-wikipedia-234717353.html Yahoo! News
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    Joswig syndrome
    Fake hereditary disease, supposedly identified by "H. Joswig M.D." in 1882; cited made-up reference from United States National Library of Medicine.
    data-sort-value="505.5" 5 years,
    5½ months
    June 24, 2009
    December 18, 2014
    Joswig syndrome deletion log. http://www.abebooks.com/9786200789457/Joswig-Syndrome-angelus-jerold-editor-6200789452/plp Archived by Abebooks.com
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    Majeed Pejajj
    Fictitious Muslim cleric
    data-sort-value="505.5" 5 years,
    5½ months
    April 8, 2007
    September 21, 2012
    1,110
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Majeed Pejajj
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    Lloyd 2: Growing Up
    Nonexistent 2003 film, supposedly a sequel to 2001's Lloyd.
    data-sort-value="504" 5 years,
    4 months
    May 6, 2010
    September 10, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Lloyd 2: Growing Up
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    Midnight in Oklahoma
    Supposed alternative rock-country band with seven fictitious albums
    data-sort-value="504" 5 years,
    4 months
    April 26, 2009
    August 27, 2014
    Midnight in Oklahoma deletion log
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    Corey Petryschuk
    Supposed football player and famous musician
    data-sort-value="504" 5 years,
    3½ months
    October 9, 2010
    January 30, 2015
    6,445
    Petryschuk Corey Petryschuk deletion log
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    K890 (G3)
    Fictitious submachine gun.
    data-sort-value="503.5" 5 years,
    3½ months
    November 22, 2006
    March 1, 2012
    1,614
    Included in book by Source Wikipedia
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    Antón de Palategui
    Fictitious 16th century conquistador and poet.
    data-sort-value="503.5" 5 years,
    3½ months
    December 4, 2008
    March 17, 2014
    6,194
    deleted by PROD
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    Bobohetti
    Made-up Indian dish "consisting mainly of bay leaves and bamboo shoots," supposedly popular at fast food restaurants in Europe.
    data-sort-value="502.5" 5 years,
    2½ months
    May 13, 2010
    July 28, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bobohetti
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    Limping duck
    Nonexistent and highly unconventional form of wushu
    data-sort-value="502.5" 5 years,
    2½ months
    August 3, 2009
    October 15, 2014
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Limping duck
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    Chad Berryman
    Imaginary baseball catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies during World War II
    data-sort-value="502" 5 years,
    2 months
    August 4, 2010
    October 13, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Chad Berryman
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    Reich Corps of the Trombone (G3)
    fictitious Nazi organization of trombonists created by Joseph Goebbels for propaganda purposes
    data-sort-value="502" 5 years,
    2 months
    January 29, 2006
    March 31, 2011
    3,389
    Confession on Slashdot http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=160625 Axis History Forum http://ookaboo.com/o/pictures/topic/13134337/Reich_Corps_of_the_Trombone image at ookaboo
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    Elijah Joel Smith
    A fictitious British athlete, educator, and hero of both World Wars supposedly executed in Denmark by the SS for helping Jews escape the Holocaust.
    data-sort-value="502" 5 years,
    2 months
    September 24, 2009
    November 24, 2014
    Elijah Joel Smith deletion log
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    Ernest Luxembourg Wright
    Fictitious Massachusetts poet and writer of the early 20th century; deleted via G3
    data-sort-value="501.5" 5 years,
    1½ months
    June 1, 2010
    July 18, 2015
    Ernest Luxembourg Wright deletion log
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    Ooranayakanvalasu
    Nonexistent village in Indian state of Tamil Nadu
    data-sort-value="501" 5 years,
    1 month
    November 9, 2009
    December 9, 2014
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ooranayakanvalasu
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    A Condor's Fire: a novel
    Nonexistent, anagram-based novel ascribed to "Richie F'lin" and set in Colorado. Hoax cited made-up reviews from the New York Times Book Review and a fake biography from Oxford University Press.
    data-sort-value="500" 5 years,
    ½ month
    July 26, 2009
    August 18, 2014
    G3 deletion: A Condor's Fire deletion log
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    Childhood Retournade
    Nonexistent 1980s experimental French film, attributed to the invented filmmaker "Je Suis."
    data-sort-value="500" 5 years,
    ½ month
    November 20, 2009
    December 12, 2014
    Childhood Retournade deletion log
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    The Restless Nevers
    Fictitious Washington band with false claims of touring with Kajagoogoo in the 1990s. Article was deleted (A7) in August 2009, but resurfaced the same day and survived five years.
    data-sort-value="500" 5 years,
    ½ month
    August 1, 2009
    August 22, 2014
    The Restless Nevers deletion log
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    The Derby Series of The Table
    A series of horse races in Kentucky and Tennessee
    data-sort-value="410" 4 years, 10 months
    May 12, 2011
    March 16, 2016
    3,230
    Spotted by user:SwisterTwisterSwisterTwister
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    Hinckley Band of Thieves
    data-sort-value="409.5" 4 years,
    9½ months
    August 31, 2005
    June 16, 2010
    664
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hinckley Band of Thieves
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    Joseph Warshaw
    "one of the least Known Highwayman": speedily deleted, then tagged and https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:List_of_hoaxes_on_Wikipedia/Joseph_Warshaw&diff=40815622&oldid=39954875 prodded when recreated the day it was started, but it took more than four years until it was deleted once more
    data-sort-value="409.5" 4 years,
    9½ months
    February 17, 2006
    December 3, 2010
    1,057
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Joseph Warshaw
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    Disney's Wide World of Sports Challenge
    A hoax page for a non-existent Disney sports challenge.
    data-sort-value="409.5" 4 years,
    9½ months
    April 1, 2010
    January 25, 2015
    2,509
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    Warren Chaney
    Series of articles written about Warren Chaney, filled with small deceptions and embellishments, and in the case of at least one article (Magic Mansion), outright fabrications.
    data-sort-value="409" 4 years,
    9 months
    March 11, 2011
    December 13, 2015
    52,209
    A technical overview of the process (including links to the AfDs) can be found here and a narrative overview here. This was also listed at Gawker as one of "The 10 Best Articles Wikipedia Deleted This Week"
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    Bandicoda seed
    Seed of a fictitious tree species (Bandicoda genrea), supposedly found in Zimbabwe and the English town of Barnsley.
    data-sort-value="409" 4 years,
    9 months
    April 29, 2010
    February 1, 2015
    Bandicoda seed deletion log
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    E'tedalion Party
    Fictional Iranian political party
    data-sort-value="408.5" 4 years,
    8½ months
    February 12, 2010
    October 25, 2014
    1,247
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    Sam Sackey
    Fictional 1980s soccer star for Ghana
    data-sort-value="408" 4 years,
    8 months
    March 20, 2010
    November 24, 2014
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sam Sackey
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    Gottfried Eschenbach
    Non-existent German "composer, conductor and virtuoso violist"
    data-sort-value="408" 4 years,
    8 months
    January 10, 2010
    September 10, 2014
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Gottfried Eschenbach
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    Blue Blue Sky
    Nonexistent 1998 film, winner of the imaginary "Andrew Smith award for Best Musical Comedy" and nominee for two "Dutch Acknowledgement movie awards."
    data-sort-value="407.5" 4 years,
    7½ months
    August 31, 2010
    April 18, 2015
    Blue Blue Sky deletion log
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    Argusto Emfazie
    Ficticious American occultist
    data-sort-value="407.5" 4 years,
    7½ months
    February 25, 2002
    October 5, 2006
    5,080
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Argusto Emfazie
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    V-Jay's Verghjesles
    Fictitious "micro-processor controlled surround sound amplifier"; listed nonexistent parts and specifications from Texas Instruments and other actual companies.
    data-sort-value="407" 4 years,
    7 months
    January 24, 2011
    September 1, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/V-Jay's Verghjesles
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    Hilfiger High School
    data-sort-value="406.5" 4 years,
    6½ months
    July 14, 2008
    February 4, 2013
    1,371
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hilfiger High School
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    Cranmore chase
    Nonexistent race involving Victorian-era runners hired by local landowners to deliver titles to land in India.
    data-sort-value="405.5" 4 years,
    5½ months
    July 15, 2010
    December 29, 2014
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Cranmore chase
    Cited as the inspiration for an actual modern 10-kilometer run in Somerset.
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    EuroNation 1 London
    Fabricated European singing competition
    data-sort-value="404.5" 4 years, 5 months
    May 16, 2011
    October 22, 2015
    1,630
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    Ebenezer Crummett
    18th-century American soldier, falsely credited with saving the Marquis de Lafayette and challenging Alexander Hamilton to a duel.
    data-sort-value="404.5" 4 years,
    4½ months
    August 24, 2010
    January 22, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ebenezer Crummett
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    The Rock Gang
    Made-up 1980s Swedish rock band with several fictitious albums, noted for using a vacuum cleaner as a saxophone; deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="403" 4 years,
    3 months
    data-sort-value="June 1, 2011" June 2011
    September 5, 2015
    The Rock Gang deletion log
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    Fredrick Joseph Logan
    Fictitious 19th-century graphic designer, credited with the equally fake "Logan's Law" regulating maximum widths of business logos in advertising.
    data-sort-value="402.5" 4 years,
    2½ months
    June 8, 2011
    August 30, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Fredrick Joseph Logan
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    Manão
    Fictitious mountain village in Portugal
    data-sort-value="402.5" 4 years,
    2½ months
    April 30, 2007
    July 14, 2011
    845
    PROD deleted
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    Martin Coleman (American football)
    The story of a non-existent American football player who played for Clemson, Pitt, and the Oakland Raiders. It was recreated several days after deletion and lasted for nearly another month before being deleted again.
    data-sort-value="402.5" 4 years,
    2½ months
    November 5, 2006
    January 23, 2011
    2,520
    See also Martin I. Coleman
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    Jesse Aaron Richardson
    Reputed author of the spurious Rotten Apple graphic novel series about a New York bounty hunter's journey into "organized crime, drug dealing, corruption, private investigation, cults, serials sic killers, unlicensed boxing, treasure hunting, hired assassinations, and more."
    data-sort-value="401.5" 4 years,
    1½ months
    October 7, 2010
    November 26, 2014
    Jesse Aaron Richardson deletion log
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    The Vanderdark Morgue
    Fictitious morgue and family created to promote a local Kentucky Halloween attraction
    data-sort-value="401" 4 years,
    1 month
    July 26, 2011
    August 25, 2015
    17,133
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Vanderdark Morgue
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    Bryan J. Baldelli
    Non-existent American baseball player
    data-sort-value="400" 4 years
    February 26, 2008
    February 28, 2012
    1,977
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bryan J. Baldelli. Listed at Bryan (given name) in good faith. Also listed on German Wikipedia under http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Baldelli&stable=0&shownotice=1 Baldelli until deletion in August 2014.

    Extant for 1–3 years

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    ! Deletion date
    ! Size in bytes
    (last edit)
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    Wollen-Blohm Prize
    Made-up $10,000 annual award for achievements in philanthropy and economics, attributed to an "unidentified Singaporean patron of the arts."
    data-sort-value="311.5" 3 years,
    11½ months
    October 14, 2011
    September 30, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Wollen-Blohm Prize
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    Imhyre Kértez
    Fictitious Hungarian actor at the National Theatre in Warsaw, supposedly a victim of the Nazi invasion in World War II.
    data-sort-value="310.5" 3 years,
    10½ months
    November 7, 2011
    September 25, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Imhyre Kértez
    English article created in good faith during 2011 as a partial translation of a Spanish Wikipedia article, the original hoax, which began in May 2004.
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    Colin Kennedy
    Fictitious American Old West criminal who supposedly murdered John Sutter's brother in San Francisco on April 9, 1853
    data-sort-value="310" 3 years,
    10 months
    April 8, 2009
    February 7, 2013
    4,563
    Prod deleted; see https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_talk:List_of_hoaxes_on_Wikipedia&diff=535807491&oldid=535758885
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    Altamont Lamina
    Fictitious British spy in both world wars, supposedly called "The Silent Blade" for his "above-average skills in sneaking, spying, and assassinating."
    data-sort-value="310" 3 years,
    10 months
    February 18, 2011
    December 17, 2014
    Altamont Lamina deletion log
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    Zechariah Seal
    Fictitious emblem
    data-sort-value="310.5" 2 years,
    9½ months
    October 24, 2015
    August 17, 2018
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Zechariah Seal
    Was created at Ben Hayim Seal on October 24, 2015, then cut-and-paste moved to this name a day later. Author also created a myriad of images pertinent to the hoax.
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    Sshiaga-llat
    Made-up mythological force of chaos, supposedly adored by "ancient different people from the Sumerians to the Asturians"
    data-sort-value="309.5" 3 years,
    9½ months
    January 28, 2011
    November 19, 2014
    Sshiaga-llat deletion log
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    Phoedelia
    "The ecclesiastical name for one of the stoppers which accompany the cruets used in Christian liturgical rites" that no one but the article creator had ever heard of.
    data-sort-value="309.5" 3 years,
    9½ months
    October 31, 2009
    August 12, 2013
    506
    Discovery and discussion. Added to cruet the next day, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bung&diff=prev&oldid=423835670 added to bung in 2011. It was widely believed by http://rostcollectionsandkeepsakes.weebly.com/1/post/2012/10/from-water-and-wine-to-oil-and-vinegar-the-evolution-of-the-cruet.html people on the Internet, including http://www.auction-net.co.uk/viewAuction.php?id=1244&offset=200&PHPSESSID=be750cd0edd8afe303106eb0bcb1d8ef multiple http://auctions.canadaspace.com/detail_product/281122295728/cruet_caster/ auctioners. Note that Phoedelia is a real girl's name.
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    Jean Moufot
    Fictitious French philosopher and mathematician. Article first appeared on nl.wikipedia, then translated versions subsequently appeared in French, German and English Wikipedias. Hoax was first discovered by the German Wiki and deleted across the wikis within a week.
    data-sort-value="309.5" 3 years,
    9½ months
    September 24, 2004
    July 16, 2008
    2,298
    discussion on nl.wikipedia, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:L%C3%B6schkandidaten/14._Juli_2008#Jean_Fran.C3.A7ois_Moufot_.28schnellgel.C3.B6scht.29 discussion on de.wikipedia, http://www.dinx.nl/euclid/moufot.html mirror with links to discussion
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    Bunaka (G3)
    Non-existent Indonesian island
    data-sort-value="309" 3 years,
    9 months
    March 18, 2007
    December 20, 2010
    5,440
    discussion
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    Charles E. Whitmeyer
    Fictitious North Carolina politician, undertaker, and inventor of the child leash
    data-sort-value="309" 3 years,
    9 months
    March 13, 2007
    December 16, 2010
    4,270
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    Bucharest Film Festival
    A hoax created to support an article on Yuri Gadyukin.
    data-sort-value="309" 3 years,
    9 months
    June 16, 2009
    March 12, 2013
    3,394
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bucharest Film Festival
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    3G Boyz
    Completely fabricated contents created by manager to support new band.
    data-sort-value="309" 3 years,
    9 months
    December 27, 2009
    October 16, 2013
    3,540
    Prod
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    Housecoat 3
    Nonexistent 1987 American romantic comedy; cited a fabricated review by Leonard Maltin.
    data-sort-value="309" 3 years,
    9 months
    December 2, 2011
    September 10, 2015
    2,352
    Spotted and tagged for speedy
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    Cancun Broadcasting Company
    Hoax Mexican broadcaster, with "drama, children, news, sports, game shows, entertainment, high definition and more."
    data-sort-value="309" 3 years,
    9 months
    October 29, 2011
    July 31, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Cancun Broadcasting Company
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    Eric the sheep
    Nonexistent graphic novel about the adventures of a super-intelligent Welsh sheep
    data-sort-value="308.5" 3 years,
    8½ months
    February 19, 2011
    November 7, 2014
    Speedy deletion Deletion log
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    High Fenton
    Fictitious English village in County Durham, reputedly noted for an unusual engagement custom involving cheese; deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="308.5" 3 years,
    8½ months
    September 22, 2012
    June 5, 2016
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/High Fenton
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    Jûtien-Gustave DuRoi and Sallah Ukhmed
    Fictitious husband-and-wife writers, with a list of works that was expanded over time
    data-sort-value="308" 3 years,
    8 months
    (DuRoi)
    June 9, 2006
    data-sort-value="February 7, 2010" February 7, 2010 (DuRoi)
    1,970 and 1,161
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jûtien-Gustave DuRoi
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sallah Ukhmed
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    Eurygaster confidens
    Nonexistent bug species; deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="308" 3 years,
    8 months
    September 29, 2013
    May 26, 2017
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Eurygaster confidens
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    Loretta Scott Crew
    Fictitious inventor of S'mores, where it was also reported. Has been incorrectly included in printed books and numerous websites.
    data-sort-value="307.4" 3 years,
    7½ months
    July 1, 2009
    February 13, 2013
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Loretta Scott Crew
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    Another Demonstration of the Cliff-Guibert Fire Hose Reel, Showing a Young Girl Coming from an Office, Detaching Hose, Running with It 60 Feet, and Playing a Stream, All Inside of 30 Seconds
    Made-up short silent film from 1900 from IMDb.
    data-sort-value="307.3" 3 years,
    7½ months
    May 19, 2013
    January 10, 2017
    946
    This one is IMDb's fault; this hoax was made on their site in ~2003 or so, and it was probably mirrored onto Wikipedia in good faith. After some pestering, IMDb eventually agreed to delete their entry as well.
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    Grâce à feu et aux flammes
    Nonexistent composition by Claude Debussy, supposedly discovered under floorboards in his house; deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="307" 3 years,
    7 months
    September 5, 2011
    April 10, 2015
    Grâce à feu et aux flammes deletion log
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    Yuri Gadyukin
    Fictitious Soviet filmmaker defected to the UK and murdered there in 1960 at the age of 28. Apparently, was created to support a low-budget movie.
    data-sort-value="307" 3 years,
    7 months
    August 3, 2009
    March 6, 2013
    8,304
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Yuri Gadyukin; explanation of history and purpose
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    Shantal Méndez
    4-time Grammy Winner, or so the article said of this hypothetical singer

    data-sort-value="307" 3 years,
    7 months
    September 27, 2007
    May 3, 2011
    5,332
    Discussion at Wikipedia talk:Unreferenced_BLP_Rescue
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    Saint Elizabeth College
    Fictitious liberal arts college in Youngstown, Ohio, supposedly with 3,500 students, 30 programs, 116 years of history, yet zero record of its existence.
    data-sort-value="306" 3 years,
    6 months
    August 3, 2011
    February 9, 2015
    G3 deletion (Deletion log)
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    Okeke Okonjo
    Fictitious politician in Lesotho, article cites various sources that do not mention this person.
    data-sort-value="306" 3 years,
    6 months,
    29 days
    April 18, 2013
    November 16, 2016
    2,899
    -
    Brahmanical See
    data-sort-value="305.5" 3 years,
    5½ months
    August 4, 2004
    January 21, 2008
    2,230
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Brahmanical See, Mirror and discussion at WR
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    Upton H. Pennyworth (Prod) (G3 WP:Speedy deletionspeedy deletion)
    Fictitious British explorer
    data-sort-value="305.5" 3 years,
    5½ months
    September 7, 2007
    February 18, 2011
    938
    discussion
    -
    Pierre Dupont
    Fictitious 19th-century French painter; several spurious references, including at least one PDF file in a self-published "journal," created to support hoax.
    data-sort-value="305" 3 years,
    5 months
    December 3, 2012
    May 14, 2016
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Pierre Dupont (painter)
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    Ceasar McKenzie
    Fictitious point guard for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, claimed to be the 2005 Rookie of the Year instead of Emeka Okafor
    data-sort-value="305" 3 years,
    5 months
    June 22, 2011
    November 26, 2014
    Ceasar McKenzie deletion log
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    Sarah River
    List of rivers of New Zealand was vandalized changing "Saxon" to "Sarah", and was later turned into an article by bot
    data-sort-value="304" 3 years,
    4 months
    May 18, 2006
    September 13, 2009
    original vandalism, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sarah River, article now at Saxon River
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    Pilot Season, a non-existent film directed by Kevin Smith
    data-sort-value="303.5" 3 years,
    3½ months
    April 14, 2011
    August 28, 2014
    938
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Pilot Season (film)
    -
    Trundu
    An ancient tribe belonging to the Trund civilisation
    data-sort-value="303.5" 3 years,
    3½ months
    May 22, 2006
    September 7, 2009
    1,042
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Trundu
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    Por muerte del fantasma de Montero Families
    Hoax online novela
    data-sort-value="303.5" 3 years,
    3½ months
    May 6, 2012
    August 26, 2015
    Deletion log
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    Sei Wee Lim
    Supposedly an Olympic swimmer from Brunei
    data-sort-value="303" 3 years,
    3 months
    September 15, 2006
    December 16, 2009
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sei Wee Lim
    -
    Morton Schwartz
    Supposedly a B-movie actor
    data-sort-value="303" 3 years,
    3 months
    May 4, 2007
    July 27, 2010
    1,270
    Discussion at Unreferenced BLP Rescue
    -
    Flerte Fatal (band)
    Imaginary Brazilian band, with elaborate set of accompanying articles on albums
    data-sort-value="302" 3 years,
    2 months
    March 19, 2015
    May 20, 2018
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Flerte Fatal (band)
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    Clem and Lachlan's Adventures
    Imaginary Australian ABC teen drama from 2006 to 2012
    data-sort-value="302" 3 years,
    2 months
    May 27, 2012
    August 1, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Clem and Lachlan's Adventures
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    Fredric Croix and Quickslide Rick
    Two supposed 1920s Michigan Blues Musicians
    data-sort-value="302" 3 years,
    2 months
    February 9, 2008
    April 15, 2011
    2,314
    WP:Articles for deletion/Fredric Croix and Quickslide Rick
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    Tors Peerson
    Fictitious Australian food manufacturer
    data-sort-value="302" 3 years,
    2 months
    July 16, 2017
    September 13, 2020
    Deletion discussion
    Archived version of the hoax
    -
    Kevin Musker
    Name-change plagiarism of "Charles Ferguson Smith", suspected for 3 years but retained
    data-sort-value="301.5" 3 years,
    1½ months
    February 24, 2006
    April 13, 2009
    4,333
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kevin Musker, Revision of Charles Ferguson Smith article was based on
    -
    James Geiss
    Fictitious English whaler
    data-sort-value="300" 3 years
    June 29, 2006
    June 30, 2009
    2,015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/James Geiss
    -
    Jack Stacey
    Supposed character ("Chief Resident") during eighth season of ER.
    data-sort-value="211" 2 years,
    11 months
    October 3, 2012
    September 3, 2015
    Jack Stacey deletion log
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    Soyombo Revival Society
    Fictitious Mongolian secret society
    data-sort-value="211" 2 years,
    11 months
    February 22, 2017
    January 24, 2020
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Soyombo Revival Society
    Archived version of the hoax
    -
    Slow Blind Driveway
    Fictitious blues musician
    data-sort-value="209.5" 2 years,
    9½ months
    November 16, 2006
    August 26, 2009
    5,705
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Slow Blind Driveway
    -
    Mittapalli
    Nonexistent Indian village, based on old revision of Bandarlapalle
    data-sort-value="209" 2 years,
    9 months
    July 23, 2010
    April 27, 2013
    1,034
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mittapalli
    -
    Ocular citrosis
    A fictional type of eye infection resulting from periodic exposure to acidic substances. Created on 1st April and referred to in other disease articles a few weeks later.
    data-sort-value="209" 2 years,
    9 months
    April 1, 2010
    January 7, 2013
    2,757
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ocular citrosis
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    Vitus Sebastian Barbaro
    fictitious member of a real Venetian family repeatedly added to real articles by numerous sockpuppets: Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser/Case/Societyfinalclubs, Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Mctrain/Archive
    data-sort-value="209" 2 years,
    9 months
    May 29, 2007
    February 25, 2010
    1,636
    User:Barneca/watch/societyfinalclubs
    -
    Richard Hopkins (chess player) and Ruy Lopez, Hopkins Gambit
    Fictitious chess player and the opening chess moves allegedly named after him.
    data-sort-value="208.5" 2 years,
    8½ months
    December 28, 2010
    September 22, 2013
    10,882 and 4,219
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Richard Hopkins (chess player)
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ruy Lopez, Hopkins Gambit
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    Lewis William Walt
    Fictitious marriage and child added to bio.
    data-sort-value="208.5" 2 years,
    8½ months
    April 8, 2013
    January 16, 2016
    -
    Ruy Lopez, Marshall Attack, Rombaua Trap
    Fictitious chess trap
    data-sort-value="208" 2 years,
    8 months
    January 7, 2011
    September 9, 2013
    3,964
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ruy Lopez, Marshall Attack, Rombaua Trap
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    Jason Donoghue
    Actor that allegedly had roles in Hollyoaks and Outlander.
    data-sort-value="208" 2 years,
    8 months
    December 29, 2013
    September 14, 2016
    6,036
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jason Donoghue (2nd nomination)
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    The Tarsus Club and Murray Chance
    Articles on a fictitious club and individual created as guerrilla marketing for the film The Conspiracy
    data-sort-value="207.5" 2 years,
    7½ months
    December 17, 2010
    August 10, 2013
    Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/IncidentArchive807#Elaborate hoax articles
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    Operation Gray Cloud
    A suppposed operation conducted by US forces during the Vietnam War, which was actually a description of the plot to the film Operation Dumbo Drop
    data-sort-value="207" 2 years,
    7 months
    January 1, 2012
    August 13, 2014
    to the article, Role of the United States in the Vietnam War
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    Olle Halvorssen
    Suppposedly a 9th century Danish king that should have been the first king of a (completely unknown) petty kingdom centered around Århus and "Sønnestrom" (also a hoax). His son Haakon Ollenson should allegedly have conquered the major part of Denmark in the beginning of the 10th century with the exception of the island of Funen.
    data-sort-value="207" 2 years,
    7 months
    February 6, 2017
    September 12, 2019
    3,465
    Deletion log
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    Rudolph's Greatest Adventures
    Fictitious Rankin/Bass Productions special
    data-sort-value="207" 2 years,
    7 months
    December 7, 2012
    July 12, 2015
    3,727
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Rudolph's Greatest Adventures
    -
    Paul Berowne and McIver-Berowne baronets
    data-sort-value="207" 2 years,
    7 months
    December 3, 2012
    July 7, 2015
    Discussion at Reference Desk/Humanities
    -
    Charles Krum & Krum Corporate
    Alleged businessman and his London-based company
    data-sort-value="206.5" 2 years,
    6½ months
    February 28, 2013
    September 16, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Krum Corporate (nomination for both articles and tagged for speedy deletion G3)
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    data-sort-value="Cohen-Cruse" The "Cohen-Cruse Ruse"
    an elaborate set of hoax articles and edits over many articles including the fictitious people Baron Cruse-Cohen, Jean Alexandre Cohen, Jonathan Cohen, Sir David Cohen, and Stephen B. Jacobsohn, and several fictitious synagogues including Beth Sadeh Synagogue and Sephardic Temple Adat David. A small project was formed to hunt down all the various edits involved.
    data-sort-value="205.5" 2 years,
    5½ months
    May 1, 2009
    October 15, 2011
    User:Vivisel/cohen cruse ruse, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Baron Cruse-Cohen, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Stephen B. Jacobsohn, additions to Salisbury, North Carolina, etc.
    -
    Wichita Glade, Florida
    Fictitious community in the U.S. state of Florida
    data-sort-value="205" 2 years,
    5 months
    June 7, 2014
    December 1, 2016
    587
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Wichita Glade, Florida
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    Balboa Creole French
    Fictitious highly endangered French-based creole language, supposedly spoken exclusively by about 20 people on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, an extremely wealthy suburban town in Orange County, California.
    data-sort-value="205" 2 years,
    5 months
    April 3, 2010
    September 10, 2012
    2,875
    Blogpost referencing Balboa Creole French as one of "Seven Languages That Are About To Die"
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    Trembulo
    Fictitious musical instrument
    data-sort-value="205" 2 years,
    5 months
    data-sort-value="July 26, 2010" July 26, 2010
    June 12, 2016
    data-sort-value="June 16, 2016" December 27, 2012
    June 16, 2016
    4,656
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Trembulo, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Trembulo (2nd nomination)
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    Rothmanhaus
    Fictitious hotel in Naumburg, Germany. Allegedly the place of death for "wildly popular" ice hockey player Leopold Nosske, who was also fictional.
    data-sort-value="205" 2 years,
    5 months
    April 29, 2015
    October 2, 2017
    1,265
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Rothmanhaus
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    LÃ¥ngrocken
    Fictitious Swedish serial rapist in 1893, allegedly searched by undercover policemen in women's clothes
    data-sort-value="204.5" 2 years,
    4½ months
    July 24, 2005
    December 8, 2007
    1,576
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/LÃ¥ngrocken
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    Peace breaker's muzzle
    Fictitious torture device
    data-sort-value="204.5" 2 years,
    4½ months
    August 2, 2004
    December 10, 2006
    934
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Peace breaker's muzzle, added to Torture article, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Torture&diff=prev&oldid=93396952 removed
    -
    Functional temporalism
    Postmodern anthropological theory
    data-sort-value="204" 2 years,
    4 months
    August 8, 2007
    December 7, 2009
    1,563
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Functional temporalism
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    Sean MacLeod
    Fictional comedian
    data-sort-value="204" 2 years,
    4 months
    September 9, 2006
    January 8, 2009
    4,077
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sean MacLeod
    -
    Be A Star (UK TV series)
    Fictitious UK talent show
    data-sort-value="204" 2 years,
    4 months
    January 21, 2017
    May 17, 2019
    11,974
    Detection, Deletion discussion
    -
    Wander Donkey
    Fictitious adventure game for the Nintendo DS
    data-sort-value="203.5" 2 years,
    3½ months
    May 15, 2007
    September 5, 2009
    4,283
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Wander Donkey, archived forum confession from September 3, 2009
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    Thomas Stokes
    Fictitious English player in the Football League with clubs including Yeovil Town, Grays Athletic, and Southend United.
    data-sort-value="203" 2 years,
    3 months
    January 14, 2014
    April 21, 2016
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Thomas Stokes (2nd nomination)
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    Genck Azonho
    Fictitious Argentinean writer and social reformer of the 1970s, noted for his "extreme moralistic and ascetic views."
    data-sort-value="203" 2 years,
    3 months
    April 12, 2013
    July 18, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Genck Azonho
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    Parfact
    A secret language of Worcestershire teenagers
    data-sort-value="203" 2 years,
    3 months
    November 8, 2006
    February 1, 2009
    7,124
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Parfact
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    Monvilla
    Non-existent Shropshire village.
    data-sort-value="202.5" 2 years,
    2½ months
    January 3, 2006
    March 21, 2008
    577
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Monvilla
    -
    Nueces de la Perez
    Fictitious 18th-century Spanish mission near the site of present-day Corpus Christi, Texas
    data-sort-value="202" 2 years,
    2 months
    November 7, 2012
    January 14, 2015
    Nueces de la Perez deletion log
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    Matthew Lyons
    Texas frontiersman and CSA cavalry soldier
    data-sort-value="202" 2 years,
    2 months
    February 18, 2008
    April 19, 2010
    4,156
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Matthew Lyons
    -
    Fadl Attraction
    Fictitious Canadian male porn star
    data-sort-value="202" 2 years,
    2 months
    November 4, 2007
    January 10, 2010
    1,199
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Fadl Attraction
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    Cindy and the Halo Boy
    Nonexistent direct-to-DVD movie, supposedly starring Haylie Duff and Frankie Muniz and added to Duff's page.
    data-sort-value="201.5" 2 years,
    1½ months
    March 15, 2007
    May 8, 2009
    Added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Haylie_Duff&diff=288593265&oldid=287886636 removed; admitted in a 2015 Gawker.com http://internet.gawker.com/the-nine-best-hoaxes-to-have-hit-wikipedia-1692639072 post.
    -
    Curtis James
    Real high-school runner with spectacular fictitious professional career
    data-sort-value="201.5" 2 years,
    1½ months
    October 4, 2008
    November 18, 2010
    40,549
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Curtis James
    -
    The Siccness Network
    Fictional animated television show that ran on BET
    data-sort-value="201" 2 years,
    1 month
    September 4, 2013
    October 13, 2015
    9,891
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Siccness Network
    -
    Shai Bernstein
    Fictitious Jewish-Russian thinker - Bernstein was actually a student in Houston
    data-sort-value="200.5" 2 years,
    ½ month
    September 1, 2007
    September 16, 2009
    5,352
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Shai Bernstein, had a Hebrew translation
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    Morris Guggenheim
    Fictitious son of Solomon R. Guggenheim, who supposedly married a member of the British royal family and became mayor of Charleston, South Carolina.
    data-sort-value="200" 2 years
    August 18, 2013
    August 21, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Morris Guggenheim
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    Moroccans with Disabilities Act of 1992
    "Copied from a past revision of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 article".
    data-sort-value="200" 2 years
    September 10, 2009
    September 13, 2011
    22,359
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Moroccans with Disabilities Act of 1992
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    Taylor Mowry
    Fictitious actor; based closely on an old revision of Tristan Wilds
    data-sort-value="111" 1 year,
    11 months
    December 15, 2009
    November 15, 2011
    4,118
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    The Lying Student
    Fictitious Czech satirical poem stated to have been written in 1914
    data-sort-value="111" 1 year,
    11 months
    January 23, 2015
    December 28, 2016
    4,291
    Failed verification as noted by anon editor at Talk:The Lying Student. This article was nevertheless featured on the main page under DYK
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    Canyon View Junior High School
    Fictitious school in Edmonton, Alberta
    data-sort-value="111" 1 year,
    11 months
    December 15, 2009
    November 15, 2011
    5,222
    -
    Jeanette Magel
    Fictitious British High Court judge
    data-sort-value="110" 1 year,
    10 months
    February 3, 2019
    December 14, 2020
    Archived version of the hoax
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    Five Star Generals
    Fictitious rock band from Buffalo, New York
    data-sort-value="110" 1 year,
    10 months
    June 1, 2013
    April 12, 2015
    Five Star Generals deletion log
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    Haď Čarém
    Nonexistent 10th-century Hungarian Muslim merchant and economist, supposedly cited as an "incipient anti-colonialist and anti-slavery advocate" in later Communist theory.
    data-sort-value="110" 1 year,
    10 months
    March 27, 2013
    January 29, 2015
    14,303
    Haď Čarém deletion log
    Justification at the creator's talk page
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    Brazilian copperfish
    Nonexistent fish of the family Characidae, supposedly native to the waters near Rio de Janeiro and forming a "vital part of Brazilian culture and cuisine."
    data-sort-value="109.5" 1 year,
    9½ months
    March 3, 2007
    December 18, 2008
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Brazilian copperfish
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    Noah Chazzman
    Name-change plagiarism of Steven Pinker
    data-sort-value="109" 1 year,
    9 months
    January 17, 2011
    October 23, 2012
    -
    Juan Gadiel Rosado Colón
    Name-change plagiarism of Don Francisco
    data-sort-value="109" 1 year,
    9 months
    April 22, 2013
    January 27, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Juan Gadiel Rosado Colón
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    Marathonius Granthius (G3)
    Fake Roman soldier
    data-sort-value="108.5" 1 year,
    8½ months
    August 21, 2006
    May 2, 2008
    5,337
    Discovered when blanked by an IP who warned that it was a hoax
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    European Tennis Club of Culture (PROD)
    data-sort-value="108" 1 year,
    8 months
    November 15, 2005
    July 15, 2007
    889
    Noticed in April 2007 on talk page
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    Baldock Beer Disaster
    Was listed on Did You Know?
    data-sort-value="108" 1 year,
    8 months
    November 15, 2005
    July 15, 2007
    2,636
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Baldock Beer Disaster
    Did You Know entry
    http://www.aussiehomebrewer.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=49348 Discussion
    Was temporarily made into an article about the hoax before being deleted regardless.
    Cited as the inspiration for an actual India Pale Ale produced by an Illinois brewery. http://www.beerpal.com/Destihl-Baldock-IPA-Beer/30787/ http://www.brewhopping.com/spot_brewery_Destihl_Restaurant_and_Brew_Works_Normal_IL_114809.aspx
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    Æblerød (CSD)
    Fictional Danish municipality
    data-sort-value="108" 1 year,
    8 months
    January 12, 2004
    September 8, 2005
    358
    Removal from municipalities list, Talk:Fictitious entry/Archive 1#Æblerød in en:wikipediadiscussion, featured in Danish newspaper Politiken (December 5th, 2006)
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    Battle of Stuart's Pond
    data-sort-value="107.5" 1 year,
    7½ months
    May 29, 2008
    January 18, 2010
    2,131
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Battle of Stuart's Pond
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    Maria Portaro (G3)
    Fictitious marine biologist with "500 published papers"
    data-sort-value="107" 1 year,
    7 months
    March 3, 2008
    October 3, 2009
    1,618
    -
    Dhanunjaya Rao
    Web developer who poached the career of Ravi Teja
    data-sort-value="107" 1 year,
    7 months
    October 7, 2015
    May 20, 2017
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Dhanunjaya Rao
    -
    Oyster Injustice
    Fictitious financial disaster affecting Chesapeake Bay fishermen
    data-sort-value="107" 1 year,
    7 months
    July 6, 2007
    February 4, 2009
    2,139
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Oyster Injustice
    -
    Earl of Aldbury (G3)
    Non-existent 17th-century peer.
    data-sort-value="106.5" 1 year,
    6½ months
    May 13, 2009
    December 3, 2010
    471
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    Herzthiolate heptahydrolysic acid
    Hoax genetic molecule with an invalid chemical formula ( ), supposedly found in the imaginary "Stenaphyllzone (Plasma life-form)" and sebum.
    data-sort-value="106.5" 1 year,
    6½ months
    February 27, 2014
    September 14, 2015
    Deletion log
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    Quaff distillery
    Made-up name for the still genuinely constructed by mutineers from HMS Bounty on Pitcairn Island in the 1790s. Drink was supposedly also called "quaff" and supposedly gave its name to a enduring worldwide drinking club.
    data-sort-value="106" 1 year,
    6 months
    December 30, 2013
    June 15, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Quaff distillery. Found its way into Pitcairn Education Work Pack produced to accompany the 2014 play Pitcairn (play)Pitcairn
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    Ciarán Dunphy
    Fabricated 19th century Irish author, "a member of Sinn Féin from the Irish War of Independence and a "significant public political figure, as well as one of the chief chroniclers of Irish nationalism in literature".
    data-sort-value="106" 1 year,
    6 months
    January 26, 2014
    October 22, 2015
    9,888
    -
    Talinsfadasporia (G3)
    Fictitious Indian town, mostly cut and pasted from Dibrugarh
    data-sort-value="105.5" 1 year,
    5½ months
    May 31, 2009
    November 20, 2010
    6,703
    -
    Mrs Brown: The Musicals
    Fake musical comedy series based on Mrs. Brown's Boys, supposedly featuring Broadway songs and broadcast on RTÉ One and BBC One; deleted via A11.
    data-sort-value="104.5" 1 year,
    4½ months
    November 23, 2013
    April 18, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mrs Brown: The Musicals
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    Anaxiphales
    Fictitious presocratic philosopher
    data-sort-value="104.5" 1 year,
    4½ months
    February 12, 2005
    June 28, 2006
    4,384
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Anaxiphales
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    Count Wladmir Shchwekochov
    Imaginary 19th-century Russian nobleman, supposedly owner of an estate with "over 300 acres of forest, 5 lakes, a waterfall, 2 farms, a mine, and a 40 bedroom palace with a malachite and gold-plated ballroom."
    data-sort-value="104.5" 1 year,
    4½ months
    March 10, 2015
    July 24, 2016
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Count Wladmir Shchwekochov
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    Elizabethan Lizard
    Fictitious punk rock band from Minnesota; G3 deletion
    data-sort-value="104" 1 year,
    4 months
    November 8, 2013
    March 13, 2015
    Elizabethan Lizard deletion log
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    Ingrid Vakaslavik
    Fictitious tap dancer from Russia
    data-sort-value="103.5" 1 year,
    3½ months
    February 15, 2009
    May 31, 2010
    993
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ingrid Vakaslavik
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    Crowborough Caves
    With "Dr. SP Leo Logist"
    data-sort-value="103" 1 year,
    3 months
    April 8, 2007
    July 27, 2008
    516
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Crowborough Caves. Pun on speleologist. Their hoax website now links back to this page. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_talk%3AList_of_hoaxes_on_Wikipedia%2FCrowborough_Caves&diff=227200937&oldid=227197846 First detected by an anon who called it "a well known 'fun' story / hoax".
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    Emerson LaSalle
    Fictitious author
    data-sort-value="103" 1 year,
    3 months
    November 27, 2007
    February 27, 2009
    3,298
    After the deletion discussion had started, the original author rewrote the article to describe the subject as fictional (as well as to criticize the deletion), but it was still deleted.
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    Freedom Channing
    Fictitious "conductor" of the Underground Railroad
    data-sort-value="103" 1 year,
    3 months
    July 11, 2005
    October 8, 2006
    1,056
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Freedom Channing
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    Nippon Super Rugby League
    Fictitious rugby competition, created along with the equally spurious 2016 Rugby League Asian Series; included made-up teams such as "Saitama Hippopotamus" and "Yohokama S.Yamaga."
    data-sort-value="102.5" 1 year,
    2½ months
    March 6, 2015
    May 30, 2016
    Nippon Super Rugby League deletion log
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    Amorica (legend)
    Given its own article for 8 months rather than deletion
    data-sort-value="110.5" 1 year,
    10½ months
    data-sort-value="November 9, 2004" November 9, 2004
    See original article
    May 24, 2005
    January 22, 2006
    1,031
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Amorica (legend)
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    Plathubis the grey fox
    Made-up hunting myth from Latvia about an amphibious, rain-bringing fox, designed "to warn impetuous young men not to kill animals for fun"; deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="102" 1 year,
    2 months
    February 8, 2014
    April 20, 2015
    Plathubis the grey fox deletion log
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    Vengeance On Elm Street
    Nonexistent "upcoming" sequel to the Nightmare on Elm Street series; deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="102" 1 year,
    2 months
    January 21, 2014
    March 28, 2015
    Vengeance On Elm Street deletion log
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    Francis Bunbury (PROD)
    Non-existent architect; names in article taken from The Importance of Being Earnest.
    data-sort-value="102" 1 year,
    2 months
    October 24, 2009
    December 26, 2010
    2,320
    First noted by an anon October 2010
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    Unbeatables
    Nonexistent children's show set in Russia, broadcast on the equally fictitious network Bamboo TV.
    data-sort-value="102" 1 year,
    2 months
    February 14, 2015
    April 13, 2016
    Unbeatables deletion log
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    Jason Waterfalls
    Imaginary British football player whose name happened to match a frequently misheard lyric in the song Waterfalls by TLC. Created by a single-purpose account overwriting an existing redirect.
    data-sort-value="102" 1 year,
    2 months
    November 7, 2015
    January 4, 2017
    Speedy deletion per WP:G3: blatant hoax. Log
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    Joshua G. Cantor-Stone (G4)
    Fictitious Jewish WWII naval aviator and hero
    data-sort-value="101.5" 1 year,
    1½ months
    February 22, 2009
    April 11, 2010
    6,564
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Joshua G. Cantor-Stone
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    Eric Radloff
    Fictitious singer-songwriter
    data-sort-value="101.5" 1 year,
    1½ months
    July 5, 2004
    August 23, 2005
    2,015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Eric Radloff
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    Little Adventures of Bruno
    Supposed animated television series by Mitchell Hurwitz that would be a followup of sorts to Sit Down, Shut Up
    data-sort-value="101" 1 years
    1 months
    October 17, 2013
    November 22, 2014
    5,976
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Little Adventures of Bruno
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    Magnesium lasering
    Article about a fictional scientific practice.
    data-sort-value="101" 1 year,
    1 month
    May 14, 2009
    June 13, 2010
    890
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Magnesium lasering
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    Earl of Iford
    Partial name-change plagiarism of Earl of Shaftesbury
    data-sort-value="101" 1 year,
    1 month
    April 13, 2008
    May 11, 2009
    2,276
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Earl of Iford
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    Federlandese (coin)
    "Had this "coin" been real, it would have pre-dated the oldest known Scandinavian coins by perhaps ~800 years, so we would have heard of it elsewhere. Also, people in Scandinavia didn't have a monetary economy 2100 years ago."
    data-sort-value="100.5" 1 year,
    ½ month
    December 2, 2009
    December 22, 2010
    693
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Federlandese (coin)
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    Ladedaism
    Invented social/artistic movement
    data-sort-value="100.5" 1 year,
    ½ month
    July 7, 2005
    July 19, 2006
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ladedaism
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    Nam Nguyễn Thành
    Fictitious international soccer player for Vietnam, supposedly recommended by Barry Hayles
    data-sort-value="100" 1 year
    February 19, 2014
    February 25, 2015
    Nam Nguyễn Thành deletion log
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    Vanda Varvara
    Fictitious painter
    One of the longest and most elaborate hoax articles on Wikipedia.
    data-sort-value="100" 1 year
    January 26, 2012
    January 29, 2013
    28,171
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Vanda Varvara
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    Odin's Globe
    Fictitious Norse mythological artifact of diverse powers ("protection, luck, minor telepathy, slow or speed up time, willpower, support, empathy, understanding, wits, health"); falsely sourced to a nonexistent poem, "Loki's Lunar Lover."
    data-sort-value="100" 1 year
    April 6, 2014
    April 12, 2015
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Odin's Globe
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    The Bierrum Effect
    Fictitious biological effect occurring in isolated environments
    data-sort-value="100" 1 year
    September 3, 2008
    September 7, 2009
    3,299
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The Bierrum Effect
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    St Forbadil
    Fake 7th-century Bishop of Mercia and Celtic saint, depicted with the head of a dog and credited with the miraculous invention of beer; possibly created to supply a backstory for a brewery. Deleted via G3.
    data-sort-value="100" 1 year
    August 20, 2015
    August 24, 2016
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/St Forbadil
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    James and the Pontoons
    Fake rock band
    data-sort-value="100" 1 year
    July 20, 2007
    July 21, 2008
    5,947
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/James and the Pontoons
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    Hevstäf
    Fictitious Czech village
    data-sort-value="100" 1 year
    October 12, 2006
    October 15, 2007
    4,822
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hevstäf

    Extant for less than one year

    This section lists hoaxes covered for at least one month but less than one year. See Wikipedia:List of hoaxes on Wikipedia/Less than one year for the full list. This section should list only hoaxes covered in independent third-party sources. Short-lived hoaxes are innumerable and so we do not normally track them â€” they can be found by searching deletion logs for "hoax".
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    John Seigenthaler Sr.
    Real journalist who had a hoax article in 2005 claiming he was a suspect in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.
    data-sort-value="134" 4½ months
    May 26, 2005
    October 7, 2005
    The subject of Wikipedia biography controversy. Widely reported in the press and led to the introduction of the Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons policy.
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    Edward Owens hoax
    Article concerning late 1800's Chesapeake Bay oyster fisherman who turned to piracy created as a part of an internet hoax performed by students enrolled in a George Mason University class entitled "Lying about History".
    data-sort-value="30" 30 days
    November 18, 2008
    December 18, 2008
    After several mainstream news sources reported on the internet meme, students came forward to admit the deception. Survived speedy deletion, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Edward_Owens_hoax&diff=next&oldid=258895569 proposed deletion and two AFDs (1, 2) as a well documented hoax, before being incorporated as a part of an article on George Mason University's historical hoaxesGeorge Mason University hoaxes.
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    Alan Mcilwraith
    A "Walter Mitty" character who faked a bio of his supposed military record on Wikipedia. It initially lasted three weeks before being deleted at AfD. It was recreated three times but deleted within a day each time, but then the story hit the headlines in April 2006 and the article was recreated to be about him as a hoaxer
    data-sort-value="21" 21 days
    October 5, 2005
    October 26, 2005
    The hoax version
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    Upper Peninsula War
    data-sort-value="13" 13 days
    May 2, 2007
    May 15, 2007
    24,553
    Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Upper Peninsula War
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    rowspan=3 Helen Anne Petrie, Strutt Family Trust
    South African painter whose falsified biography was seeded on the internet in an apparent attempt to increase the value of artwork. Related names included Sebastian L.S Schwagele, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Dricherby&oldid=323005799 Fan Moniz and PR by a http://www.a1articles.com/article_1065741_13.html Marlene Duval, User:Marlene Duval
    data-sort-value="0.0037" 37 minutes
    June 19, 2007
    June 19, 2007
    17,873
    rowspan=3 Afd discussion, Afd discussion, SSI report, Commons Village Pump
    http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/visual_arts/article6788779.ece London Times article
    http://issuu.com/arttimes/docs/artlife_november_09?viewMode=magazine&mode=embed South African Art Times article
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    data-sort-value="8" 8 days
    May 1, 2009
    May 9, 2009
    3,455
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    data-sort-value="2" 2 days
    October 29, 2009
    October 31, 2009

    Hoax statements in articles


    Besides entire articles, there have also been false statements that were added to otherwise authentic pages.

    Extant for 10+ years

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    Claim that the Warsaw concentration camp was an extermination camp that killed 200,000 ethnic Poles (up to 400,000 in the infobox of some Wikipedia versions using a gas chamber in a tunnel near Warszawa Zachodnia station and other methods.
    data-sort-value="1500" 15 years
    August 25, 2004
    August 28, 2019
    Article creation, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Warsaw_concentration_camp&diff=912836044&oldid=912781315 TNT on 28 August 2019. Also present in German camps in occupied Poland during World War II for 13 years 3 months (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=German_camps_in_occupied_Poland_during_World_War_II&diff=51097977&oldid=50037486 added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=German_camps_in_occupied_Poland_during_World_War_II&diff=912848588&oldid=912847331 removed), Extermination camp for 12 years, 3 months (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Extermination_camp&diff=132721388&oldid=132720073 added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Extermination_camp&diff=912846466&oldid=912695603 removed), Pabst Plan for 10 years, 5 months (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pabst_Plan&oldid=277696100 creation, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pabst_Plan&diff=prev&oldid=912847138 removed), Nazi crimes against the Polish nation for 12 years, 8 months (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nazi_crimes_against_the_Polish_nation&oldid=92323087#Warsaw_concentration_camp creation, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nazi_crimes_against_the_Polish_nation&diff=prev&oldid=912847626 removed), War crimes in occupied Poland during World War II for 13 years, 5 months (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=War_crimes_in_occupied_Poland_during_World_War_II&diff=45269282&oldid=45265559 addition, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=War_crimes_in_occupied_Poland_during_World_War_II&type=revision&diff=912848112&oldid=912737148 removed. Was also present on dewiki (https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=KZ_Warschau&diff=12164985&oldid=12163126 added 2006 - https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=KZ_Warschau&diff=55200580&oldid=55149640 removed 2009), plwiki(https://pl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Warschau_(KL)&oldid=553623 creation 2005 - https://pl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Warschau_(KL)&diff=44659741&oldid=44567927 removal 2016, + additional wikis (probable transations). See London Review of Books which mentions that promoters of this conspiracy theory amended Wikipedia entries to promote this - https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n09/christian-davies/under-the-railway-line source 1, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-fake-nazi-death-camp-wikipedia-s-longest-hoax-exposed-1.7942233 source 2.
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    Claim that a 10 metre fibreglass Zulu was discovered in a hotel beer cellar in the Scottish Highland village of Tomintoul.
    data-sort-value="1304" 13 years,
    4 months
    August 8, 2006
    December 9, 2019
    The hoax was finally removed when it was mistakenly identified as plagiarising the Travel Scotland tourist site, who had in fact taken their colourful piece of local history from Wikipedia.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tomintoul&diff=68442792&oldid=65363223 added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tomintoul&diff=930012402&oldid=930012180 removed
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    Claim that the 1924 Democratic National Convention was also known as the "Klanbake"
    data-sort-value="1207" 12 years,
    7 months
    August 23, 2005
    March 15, 2018
    "Klanbake" meme
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1924_Democratic_National_Convention&type=revision&diff=830560867&oldid=821094918 removed
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    Claim that the Singaporean town of Ang Mo Kio was named after the fictitious "Lady Jennifer Windsor", whose ghost haunted the bridge where her three children drowned.
    data-sort-value="1007" 11 years,
    8 months
    November 21, 2008
    July 29, 2020
    Added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ang_Mo_Kio&type=revision&diff=970083299&oldid=969220205 removed. In the meantime, the hoax made its way into at least one book https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=bXKZAAAAQBAJ&pg=PT110&dq=lady+jennifer+windsor and a TV show.
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    A claim that former UK Prime Minister John Major's interest in politics was partly sparked by "a chance meeting with Clement Attlee on the King's Road."
    data-sort-value="1105" 11 years,
    5 months
    November 9, 2008
    April 15, 2020
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Major&diff=951096102&oldid=950762330 removed
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    The existence of Boulder Island, an alleged fourth-order island located within Ryan Island on Isle Royale
    data-sort-value="1010" 10 years,
    10 months
    May 5, 2009
    March 10, 2020
    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Isle_Royale&diff=288109348&oldid=286984969
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    Torvald Hightower
    A fictitious 18th-century "philanthropic pioneer," who was claimed to exist on the page for the name Torvald
    data-sort-value="1007" 10 years,
    7 months
    September 10, 2008
    May 5, 2019
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Torvald&type=revision&diff=895542974&oldid=847667584 removed

    Extant for 8–9 years

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    Adam Gilchrist
    Fictitious claims that Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist read the works of Karl Marx when on tour. The hoax claim was cited to a fictitious statement in a real book by Australian Captain Ricky Ponting. Only debunked by Gilchrist himself as "someone taking the piss" after the hoax spread to several newspapers, including The Times of India.
    data-sort-value="902" 9 years,
    2 months
    February 22, 2009
    May 2, 2018
    Added here and here, removed. Gilchrist's denial
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    rowspan=2 data-sort-value="Lord Byron" Claims that Lord Byron kept a crocodile and a honey badger as pets
    data-sort-value="808.5" 8 years,
    8½ months
    November 20, 2006
    rowspan=2 August 7, 2015
    rowspan=2 , ,
    Crocodile mentioned in The Sunday Times
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    data-sort-value="106" 1 year,
    6 months
    January 29, 2014
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    Muhammad Ali
    "A youth club in Ali's home town, a species of rose (Rosa Ali) and a small child have all been named after him." Apparently added by Telegraph journalist Michael Deacon to trick a friend who was compiling a quiz, and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/debates/11500485/My-Wikipedia-page-is-completely-wrong-but-I-cant-be-caught-correcting-it.html confessed to following the creation of an article about him.
    data-sort-value="804.5" 8 years,
    4½ months
    November 9, 2006
    March 28, 2015
    Discussion
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    Extant for 4–7 years

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    ! Removal date
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    Claim that women in Uganda refer to the Protopterus as a "sister fish" and for this reason abstain from eating them.
    data-sort-value="711" 7 years,
    11 months
    March 11, 2009
    February 7, 2017
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Protopterus&diff=764095130 removed
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    data-sort-value="Outstanding Achievement in Winning an Outstanding Achievement" A Japan Academy Prize awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in Winning an Outstanding Achievement"
    data-sort-value="707" 7 years, 7 months
    May 12, 2007
    December 13, 2014
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    In Bill Mauldin:
    Mauldin's friend Irving Richtel supposedly served as the model for Willie, a cartoon character of an American soldier. Mauldin served with a jeep driver named Irving Richtel (Mauldin, Bill (1944). News of the 45th, pp. 97–98, 115, 142.; Mauldin, Bill (1971). The Brass Ring, p. 164.) but never said that Willie was modeled after Richtel. After the 2008 appearance in Wikipedia, the hoax migrated to Julian M. Olejniczak's 2015 book To Be A Soldier: A Selective American Military History, p. 143, and it made it into several websites such as https://web.archive.org/web/20140716125510/http://armedforcesmuseum.com/wwii-bill-mauldin-and-willie-and-joe/ the Armed Air Forces History Museum and https://web.archive.org/web/20130825230421/http://westpointaog.org/page.aspx?pid=3934 the West Point Association.
    data-sort-value="707" 7 years, 7 months
    March 9, 2008
    October 16, 2015
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    In Microsoft Windows:
    "The history of Windows dates back to September 1981, when Chase Bishop, a computer scientist, designed the first model of an electronic device and project Interface Manager was started."
    data-sort-value="703" 7 years,
    3 months
    September 26, 2010
    January 25, 2018
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Microsoft_Windows&diff=822222257&oldid=822218424 removed,
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    data-sort-value="Mousen" Fictional minor planet "14345 Mousen", named after nonexistent Pakistani astronomer and planetarium director "Mousen Saeed"
    data-sort-value="701" 7 years,
    1 month
    April 19, 2012
    May 29, 2019
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    Robert Serber
    Fictitious assassination attempt, fictitious assassin added later
    data-sort-value="609.5" 6 years,
    9½ months
    May 6, 2009
    February 12, 2016
    Diff
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    data-sort-value="Pyruvate dehydrogenase complex" A claim that pyruvate decarboxylation is known as the "Swanson conversion." In actuality, the term was coined by a high school chemistry teacher of the same name, who decided not to remove the reference from Wikipedia in order to encourage his students to be more careful when researching.
    data-sort-value="606.5" 6 years,
    6½ months
    December 15, 2010
    June 24, 2017
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    Claim that the fictitious vulgar name "hairy bush fruit" was an existing synonym for kiwifruit. Hoax only came to light after hoaxer admitted to it.
    data-sort-value="605" 6 years,
    5 months
    November 6, 2007
    March 2, 2014
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    The article on Henry David Thoreau included a made-up quote by Louisa May Alcott about the writer's "neck-beard".
    data-sort-value="603" 6 years,
    3 months
    December 21, 2007
    March 18, 2014
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    Talk page comment detailing the hoax
    Medium article about the hoax
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    data-sort-value="Brierfield" Allegation that Brierfield, Lancashire, with its smoking mills, was Tolkien's inspiration for the evil land of Mordor.
    data-sort-value="600.5" 6 years,
    ½ month
    March 8, 2006
    March 21, 2012
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brierfield%2C_Lancashire&diff=483136210&oldid=483129402 removed; was http://blog.pauked.com/?p=277 spotted by a blogger in August 2006 but didn't follow up; believed by sources including http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/dec/15/pendle-hill-mummified-cat-witches The Guardian
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    Claim that the coati was also known as "Brazilian aardvark". Added by a then 17-year-old student as a private joke, the false information lasted for six years and was propagated by hundreds of websites, several newspapers, and even books by a few university presses. {{cite webtitle=Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails. From aardvark to Bicholim, the encylopedia of things that never wereurl=https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/16/wikipedia_16_birthday_fails/first=Andreaslast=Kolbedate=January 16, 2017work=The Registerurl-status=livearchive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170708162916/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/16/wikipedia_16_birthday_fails/archive-date=July 8, 2017accessdate=June 4, 2017df= The spread was such that the joke indeed became a common name for the animal and was cited in several sources. After the initial removal, the name was reinserted multiple times by users who believed it had become legitimate.
    data-sort-value="508" 5 years, 10 months
    July 12, 2008
    May 20, 2014
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Coati&type=revision&diff=609357621&oldid=607786257 removed
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    Claim that "Bryan Tyler" and "Mark Sims" were former members of the Eli Young Band.
    data-sort-value="508" 5 years,
    8 months
    February 7, 2008
    October 9, 2013
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eli_Young_Band&diff=next&oldid=576403942 removed
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    A wholly fictitious origin story for Amelia Bedelia, the main character of the eponymous popular children's book series: "'Amelia Bedelia' was based on a French colonial maid in Cameroon, where the author spent some time during her formative years. Her vast collection of hats, notorious for their extensive plumage, inspired her to write an assortment of tales based on her experiences in North Africa." After being repeated tens of times, sometimes by journalists and academics, the hoax was identified by EJ Dickson, one of its authors, turned journalist, who had written it as a joke with a friend while "stoned".
    data-sort-value="506" 5 years,
    6 months
    January 31, 2009
    July 29, 2014
    Admission
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    Claim that the "too slow" variant of a high five incited a war in the rebooted Planet of the Apes film series
    data-sort-value="503" 5 years,
    3 months
    August 8, 2014
    November 5, 2019
    , ,
    The first attempt to remove this was reverted by the original editor because the information came from a seemingly reliable source, but the source was making a joke.
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    data-sort-value="Oscar Wilde" Fictitious claim about Oscar Wilde added to List of Latin phrases
    data-sort-value="502" 5 years,
    2 months
    September 19, 2005
    November 26, 2010
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Latin_phrases_(E)&diff=398883469&oldid=398882915 removed, User:Sam Blacketer#A five year old vandalism revertStory and explanation
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    Nonexistent show named "Porn Stars: the New Age" in List of programs broadcast by History (TV channel)
    data-sort-value="411" 4 years,
    11 months
    November 13, 2014
    October 27, 2019
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_programs_broadcast_by_History_%28TV_channel%29&type=revision&diff=923319383&oldid=918291142 removed
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    Lucy Gordon
    Fake filmography credit added the day after actress's suicide alleging she started her career in the sitcom 2.4 Children.
    data-sort-value="411" 4 years, 11 months
    May 21, 2009
    April 10, 2014
    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lucy_Gordon_(actress)&oldid=603661673
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    Julius Freed
    Fictitious claim that the founder of Orange Julius invented auto-cleaning spectacles, an inflatable shrimp trap, and a portable pigeon-bathing unit. Dairy Queen, which now owns Orange Julius, was fooled; the company based an entire ad campaign around the hoax and produced this video about Julius Freed's supposed inventions.
    data-sort-value="409" 4 years,
    9 months
    June 22, 2005
    March 11, 2010
    Reported by Ken Jennings on his blog.
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    Claim in List of adjectival and demonymic forms for countries and nations that a valid demonym for Guam is "Guambat" (possibly a pun on wombat).
    data-sort-value="406.5" 4 years,
    6½ months
    October 24, 2013
    May 13, 2018
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_adjectival_and_demonymic_forms_for_countries_and_nations&type=revision&diff=840970157&oldid=840802291 removed
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    data-sort-value="glucojasinogen" Reference to "glucojasinogen" in diabetic neuropathy
    data-sort-value="404.5" 4 years,
    4½ months
    October 7, 2007
    February 29, 2012
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Diabetic_neuropathy&diff=prev&oldid=479522879 removed; original edit appears word for word in and .
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    data-sort-value="Ysolo" Mention of "Ysolo", a fictional eggplant harvest festival in Albania, in List of harvest festivals
    data-sort-value="404.4" 4 years,
    4½ months
    July 11, 2012
    November 25, 2016
    added, removed, talk page discussion, redirect discussion. For a time, a mountain on Ceres bore the name of this "festival"; upon discovery of this hoax it was renamed "Yamor Mons".
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    data-sort-value="Bill Monnier" Claim that Adrienne Monnier was best known for a book about an American boy named Bill Monnier
    data-sort-value="404.1" 4 years,
    4 months
    November 28, 2010
    March 31, 2015
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Adrienne_Monnier&diff=654392931&oldid=636027368 removed
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    data-sort-value="Will Mellor" Section on the fictional non-league football career of minor British soap opera actor Will Mellor
    data-sort-value="404" 4 years,
    4 months
    January 12, 2007
    May 9, 2011
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Will_Mellor&diff=prev&oldid=428290214 removed. Claim was repeated on the website for the artists agency represents Mellor. http://www.jjbcreative.com/tv-brand/celebrities/P15
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    Extant for 1–3 years

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    data-sort-value="Kaoru Matsumoto" Claim that, due to her fame in Japan, female wrestler Kaoru Matsumoto was known as the "Niall Quinn of Joshi"
    data-sort-value="307.5" 3 years,
    7½ months
    October 13, 2008
    May 24, 2012
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kaoru_Matsumoto&diff=prev&oldid=494201941 removed
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    Jack Mills and Joey Deacon's Farmhouse Brie
    Fictitious cheesemaking house that survived on the Hury page for over three years.
    data-sort-value="306" 3 years,
    6 months,
    13 days
    September 21, 2012
    April 4, 2016
    Reverted
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    data-sort-value="Jonathan Byrne" Former American Gladiator Jonathan Byrne
    Series of edits regarding an eccentric and non-existent American Gladiator
    data-sort-value="305.5" 3 years,
    5½ months
    June 19, 2006
    December 6, 2009
    Thirty pages unraveled over a two day period by Jeandré du Toit.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Timothy_Treadwell&diff=59375704&oldid=57926424 First edit
    Others: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bob_Cornuke&direction=prev&oldid=330067356#Saudi_Arabia https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Aromatherapy&direction=prev&oldid=329854060#Safety_concerns https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Prostitution_in_the_United_States&direction=prev&oldid=329853284#Famous_johns https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Death_of_Dale_Earnhardt&direction=prev&oldid=329853049#Autopsy_photos https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Organ_transplantation_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China&direction=prev&oldid=330071326#International https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_God_Makers&direction=prev&oldid=330067509#Controversy_over_the_film https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Church_Universal_and_Triumphant&direction=prev&oldid=329858711#Recent_news https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=RoboCop:_The_Series&direction=prev&oldid=330068486#Background https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tareq_Salahi&direction=prev&oldid=330070101#Polo https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Whizzinator&direction=prev&oldid=329858962 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Scientism&direction=prev&oldid=329298770#Range_of_meanings https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Football_hooliganism&direction=prev&oldid=329479493#United_States https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Count_Dante&direction=prev&oldid=329856627#Death_and_legacy https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Marree_Man&direction=prev&oldid=329856799#Possible_creators https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jersey_Devil&direction=prev&oldid=329857995#Encounters https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=America%27s_Polo_Cup&direction=prev&oldid=329858354#Event_Chairs https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Trilateral_Commission&direction=prev&oldid=329855083#Others_who_are_or_have_been_members https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Water_fluoridation_in_the_United_States&direction=prev&oldid=329855394#Contemporary_challenges https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Principality_of_Sealand&direction=prev&oldid=329854609#Film https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Skunk_ape&direction=prev&oldid=329853626#Other_Researchers https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cyberchondria&oldid=327536892#Derivation_and_use https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Transports_Schiocchet_Excursions&direction=prev&oldid=329859123 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nathan%27s_Hot_Dog_Eating_Contest&direction=prev&oldid=330065372#Controversy https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Steel_%28disambiguation%29&direction=prev&oldid=325054170 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=American_Gladiators&direction=prev&oldid=329854298#Debuted_during_season_five https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Oscar_af_Str%C3%B6m&direction=prev&oldid=330067828 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_sports_writers&direction=prev&oldid=330066620#Charlotte_Observer https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=South_Dakota_School_of_Mines_and_Technology&direction=prev&oldid=330067678#Notable_alumni https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nebraska_Admiral&direction=prev&oldid=330068976#Notable_admirals
    Other edits had been previously removed on an individual basis. Believed http://excelsiorlodge.com/faq/united-states-america/ by http://www.jennyleewilliams.com/witchtech/cyberchondria/ people online, including http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/2009/11/american-gladiator-movie-still-going-forward/ some people who claimed to remember him.
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    Monarch (butterfly) as Canada's national insect
    data-sort-value="303.5" 3 years,
    3½ months
    December 9, 2004
    March 26, 2008
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Monarch_butterfly&diff=prev&oldid=201093527 removed
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    Fictitious name for a car model
    data-sort-value="303" 3 years, 3 months
    January 13, 2013
    April 22, 2016
    Talk:Toyota Previa#Toyota Canarado
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    19th-century invention of the hair iron attributed to fictitious persons, "Erica Feldman" (changed from Madam C. J. Walker) and another name (apparently a classmate) on English and Simple English Wikipedia. Both names are now widely credited on the Internet (as well as in one book) with the invention of the hair straightener https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hair_iron&diff=prev&oldid=69632841https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hair_iron&diff=next&oldid=69632841https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hair_iron&diff=114547823&oldid=114547374https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hair_straightening&diff=prev&oldid=459719075http://simple.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hair_iron&diff=prev&oldid=3153616
    data-sort-value="301" 3 years,
    1 month
    August 14, 2006
    September 15, 2009
    Erica http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%22erica+feldman%22+hair&tbm=bks Feldman, http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%22ian+gutgold%22+hair I. G., http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_things_did_ian_gutgold_need_to_know_to_invent_the_hair_straightener, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Hair_iron#Spam, discussion at http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=35451 Wikipedia Review
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    Rosie the Riveter
    Original Rosie was Shirley Karp: hoax
    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rosie_the_Riveter&diff=next&oldid=283362422 Original Rosie was Shirley Karp Dick: vandalism
    data-sort-value="300.5" 3 years,
    ½ month
    January 16, 2009
    January 24, 2012
    Historian Max Hastings published in the first edition of his November 2011 book Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945 (called All Hell Let Loose in the UK): "Another much-publicised 'Rosie' was Shirley Karp Dick, who was paid $6 to model for photos, of which the most famous showed her treading on Hitler's Mein Kampf."http://www.maxhastings.com/assets/All-Hell-Let-Loose-324-360.pdf#page=31 A second edition was published October 2012 after the hoax was revealed.
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    data-sort-value="Khofifah Indar Parawansa" Claim that Khofifah Indar Parawansa's middle name is Tegistha
    data-sort-value="210" 2 years,
    10 months,
    29 days
    June 12, 2017
    May 11, 2020
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Khofifah_Indar_Parawansa&oldid=956058060 removed, cited in https://books.google.co.id/books?id=zqdLDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA151#v=onepage&q&f=false Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2018 Fostering Growth through Digitalisation: Fostering Growth through Digitalisation
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    Mirsk
    Famous Residents section alleging this as city where Nicholas Copernicus contracted genital warts from a Mirsk prostitute, as allegedly proved by DNA evidence. Vandalism was removed by Jimmy Wales.
    data-sort-value="208" 2 years,
    8 months
    January 15, 2012
    September 14, 2014
    User talk:Meishern#Do you have any evidence for this.3F, Added: Removed: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mirsk&diff=625577345&oldid=623751813
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    Eric Clapton's various girlfriends
    data-sort-value="207" 2 years,
    7 months
    May 9, 2011
    December 19, 2013
    A paragraph was inserted listing 15 women that Clapton supposedly dated. One was Alicia Witt who eventually saw the list and https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3AEric_Clapton&diff=571219487&oldid=557373408 complained on Facebook that it was not true about her. The whole paragraph was supported by a hoax reference initially listing the https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eric_Clapton&diff=428319709&oldid=428033853 Boston Beacon which was soon changed to the https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eric_Clapton&diff=next&oldid=428320058 Boston Globe, even though no such article exists.
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    data-sort-value="Hans Geiger" Claim that physicist Hans Geiger was supposedly nicknamed "Gengar"
    data-sort-value="206" 2 years,
    6 months
    May 22, 2015
    November 18, 2017
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    data-sort-value="Bridgestone" Fictitious "yachting" section on Bridgestone
    data-sort-value="204.5" 2 years,
    4½ months
    September 4, 2015
    January 24, 2018
    Added to article 4 September 2015, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bridgestone&diff=next&oldid=792298405 extended July 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bridgestone&action=historysubmit&type=revision&diff=822089166&oldid=816297136 removed 24 January 2018
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    data-sort-value="Bullshit" Fictitious "further reading" on bullshit
    data-sort-value="204.5" 2 years,
    4½ months
    November 23, 2007
    April 8, 2010
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bullshit&diff=354835825 deleted
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    Claim that the Cuban township of Guanabacoa's nickname was "Villa de Pepe Armenio", when it was really "Villa de Pepe Antonio". May have been a mistake rather than intentionally misleading information.
    data-sort-value="204.05" 2 years,
    4 months,
    5 days
    January 11, 2016
    May 15, 2018
    Differences between hoax and correction on the Guanabacoa article
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    data-sort-value="Angel Marble" Claims that Adams Packer Film Productions produced an animated series named Angel Marble Elijah or Angel Marble Eddy in the 1970's and that the series was subsequently dubbed in Finnish by Golden Voice
    data-sort-value="204" 2 years,
    4 months
    July 8, 2015
    November 1, 2017
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Adams_Packer_Film_Productions&diff=808242392&oldid=782545783 removed
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    data-sort-value="Illyrian gods" Fictitious Illyrian gods
    data-sort-value="203.5" 2 years,
    3½ months
    October 27, 2005
    February 18, 2008
    Old revision of Paleo-Balkanic mythology showing fictitious gods, Talk:Paleo-Balkanic mythology#Family treediscussion
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    data-sort-value="Shane" Characterisation of Shane (name) signifying a violent individual
    data-sort-value="203.5" 2 years,
    3½ months
    December 21, 2007
    April 12, 2010
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shane_(name)&diff=355623089&oldid=355569477 deleted, believed by http://webdocs.cs.ualberta.ca/~bergsma/HTML/longbio.html and http://www.bleachanime.org/forums/showthread.php?t=38946&page=2
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    Just When I Needed You Most
    Cover version by "Daniel Selby"
    data-sort-value="200.5" 2 years,
    ½ month
    January 22, 2011
    January 31, 2013
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Just_When_I_Needed_You_Most&diff=prev&oldid=535813813 removed
    Reference to Selby also https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Randy_VanWarmer&diff=prev&oldid=409453764 added on songwriter Randy VanWarmer's page (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Randy_VanWarmer&diff=next&oldid=534648978 removed)
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    PC Card
    Claimed to be invented by "Jacob D. Holm" in 1986. In reality, the PCMCIA organization was formed in 1989-09, based on the initiative of Poqet Computer Corporation's Ian Cullimore with support from Fujitsu and Intel since 1989-07.
    data-sort-value="200.5" 2 years,
    ½ month
    August 18, 2011
    August 30, 2013
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=PC_Card&action=historysubmit&diff=570735849&oldid=562604445 removed
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    Stephen Gostkowski
    Claim that "Benjamin Skiest" was a high school football opponent of Stephen Gostkowski and became a running back for the Atlanta Falcons.
    data-sort-value="109.5" 1 year,
    11 months
    November 1, 2018
    September 27, 2020
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stephen_Gostkowski&diff=980677587&oldid=980675736 removed
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    Let Me Be There and If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
    For nearly two years, both articles credited a "Navin Harris" as the backing vocalist instead of Mike Sammes.
    data-sort-value="109.5" 1 year,
    9½ months
    June 17, 2010
    April 2, 2012 (both articles)
    Appears in this article and http://books.google.com/books?id=_EMOW7P3DssC&pg=PA147&dq=%22navin+harris%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vv7MUNaGOO3U0gHX64DIAg&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22navin%20harris%22&f=false this publication of Olivia Newton-John related Wikipedia articles
    Content was repeatedly re-added by an IP-hopper after first removal in April 2012, even after the addition of a source verifying the real vocalist's name, leading to indefinite semi-protection of both articles; see also Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/IncidentArchive747#Repeated vandalism for a likely source of the name.
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    Lustfaust hoax
    The real band Lustfaust, which the article is now about, used this fake band as a marketing tactic
    data-sort-value="109" 1 year,
    9 months
    October 15, 2005
    July 14, 2007
    Old revision of article about fake band, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A01EED8173FF932A15754C0A9609C8B63 NYT article describing fake article
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    data-sort-value="Brian Reddyb" Involvement of Brian Reddyb in the band Rednex
    data-sort-value="108.5" 1 year,
    8½ months
    October 17, 2005
    July 3, 2007
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rednex&diff=142329709&oldid=142146349 removed; User:Brian Reddyb vocally defended his hoax edits until he was banned, and Rednex https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3ARednex&diff=156070269&oldid=156051437 personally denounced his story. Brian made a https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Saddam_Hussein&diff=prev&oldid=138338223 similar hoax edit to Saddam Hussein.
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    Palladium
    claim under 'Applications' that palladium is used in the production of the fictional substance Thiotimoline
    data-sort-value="102" 1 year,
    2 months
    February 22, 2011
    April 19, 2012
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    Traffic cones called "kafele boothe cones"
    data-sort-value="107.5" 1 year,
    7½ months
    October 4, 2010
    May 24, 2012
    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Traffic_cone&diff=494098576&oldid=492463285
    Returned from July 28, 2012 to https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Traffic_cone&diff=next&oldid=528739216 December 18, 2012, again on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Traffic_cone&diff=546913718&oldid=543837633 March 25, 2013, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Traffic_cone&diff=558756998&oldid=556525406 June 7, 2013 to https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Traffic_cone&diff=559882376&oldid=559791284 June 14, 2013, and https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Traffic_cone&diff=560923781&oldid=560685363 June 21, 2013 to https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Traffic_cone&diff=563921776&oldid=563417435 July 12, 2013
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    data-sort-value="Conrad Dean" "Conrad Dean" as backing vocalist on Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy
    data-sort-value="106" 1 year,
    6 months
    March 29, 2012
    September 25, 2013
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    rowspan=3 Dexter, New York and Dexter, Maine
    On two distinct occasions, it was falsely claimed the town was named after "Dexter Borup". The IP that made the first edit also added the name uncapitalized to Dexter, Maine.
    data-sort-value="11" 11 months
    February 23, 2007
    January 17, 2008
    rowspan=3 first time: added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dexter,_New_York&diff=184963311&oldid=184557631 removed; second time: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dexter%2C_New_York&diff=267887978&oldid=265922814 added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dexter%2C_New_York&diff=376279579&oldid=367069688 removed. http://www.tripwolf.com/en/guide/show/362617/United-States-of-America/New-York-State-NY/Dexter Was picked up by other resources on the town.
    Maine: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dexter,_Maine&diff=110198703&oldid=109598376added,https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dexter,_Maine&diff=193627438&oldid=193023261removed
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    data-sort-value="106" 1 year,
    6 months
    February 1, 2009
    July 30, 2010
    -
    data-sort-value="11" 11 months
    February 27, 2007
    February 23, 2008
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    data-sort-value="Tristan" Fake material in Tristan
    Sir Tristan as an "overweight knight"
    data-sort-value="105.5" 1 year,
    5½ months
    September 2, 2004
    February 20, 2006
    Added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tristan&diff=40456296&oldid=40417137 removed
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    Arthur Foot being Michael Foot′s brother.
    data-sort-value="105" 1 year,
    5 months
    November 14, 2013
    April 21, 2015
    Added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michael_Foot&diff=prev&oldid=657380630 removed/names of actual brothers and a nephew added
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    data-sort-value="Duñak" Addition of three trees to Man-eating tree, one of which (Duñak) is completely fabricated
    Inspired several pieces of artwork and literature, including a novel.
    data-sort-value="103" 1 year,
    3 months
    October 26, 2008
    February 2, 2010
    added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Man-eating_tree&diff=prev&oldid=341467318 removed. Believed by http://epoch-archive.com/a1/en/us/sfo/2009/05-May/14/full.pdf The Epoch Times (May 5, 2009)
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    data-sort-value="Aaron" Fictitious sons of Aaron
    Nada and Abidjan
    data-sort-value="101.5" 1 year,
    1½ months
    March 16, 2008
    April 26, 2009
    Added
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    Gérard Louis-Dreyfus
    Fictitious children named "Rover and Bethlehem". (revision)
    data-sort-value="100" 1 year
    March 9, 2009
    March 24, 2010
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    Extant for less than one year

    This section lists hoaxes covered for less than one year. See Wikipedia:List of hoaxes on Wikipedia/Less than one year for the full list. This section should list only hoaxes covered in independent third-party sources. Short-lived hoaxes are innumerable and so we do not normally track them â€” they can be found by searching deletion logs for "hoax".
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    Ronnie Hazlehurst
    Erroneous information (alleging that he had co-written a pop hit for band S Club 7) inserted into this article led to several news outlets repeating it in his obituary following his death, which in turn led to verifiable citations. The incident was widely reported in the UK meta-media, in particular by Private Eye and Have I Got News for You (the latter featuring the editor of the former as a regular panellist.)
    data-sort-value="11" 11 days
    September 20, 2007
    October 1, 2007
    The incorrect information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Ronnie_Hazlehurst#The_SClub_7_Hoax talk page discussing the issue
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    John F. Street
    Vandalism from IP editor inserting false information about how the Philadelphia mayor had formerly worked as Bozo the Clown.
    data-sort-value="5" 5 days
    January 14, 2007
    January 19, 2007
    The incorrect information. Other IPs restore the vandalism https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_F._Street&diff=102297037&oldid=101878961https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_F._Street&diff=102445801&oldid=102443225 but it is quickly reverted. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:John_F._Street#Bozo Talk page discussing the issue. http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/16515352.htm Article about the hoax in the Philadelphia Inquirer(dead link). A couple of months later, an IP editor added information about the hoax to the biography.https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_F._Street&diff=118501124&oldid=118128773 Over the next few years this material was variously kept as reliably sourced, or deleted as trivial.
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    data-sort-value="Maurice Jarre" Falsified quotes by Maurice Jarre
    Went viral in mainstream media after his death
    data-sort-value="1" 24 hours
    March 30, 2009
    March 31, 2009
    added
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0506/1224245992919.html Discussion at Irish Times
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    -
    Roger Vinson
    Addition that the individual was an amateur taxidermist who mounted bear heads above the door of his courtroom. The hoax information became known when Rush Limbaugh misused it on his radio program.
    data-sort-value="1" 1 day
    September 13, 2010
    September 14, 2010
    Huffington Post
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/us/16judge.html New York Times
    http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/09/16/in-rush-to-chat-up-health-care-judge-limbaugh-goofs/ Wall Street Journal
    http://www.pnj.com/article/20100916/NEWS01/9160335/Limbaugh-falls-for-wacky-Wiki-hoax-about-Judge-Vinson Pensacola News Journal
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    Wrightbus
    A hoax edit alleged that the company was being sold; the quickly-deleted hoax nonetheless caused alarm at its headquarters in Northern Ireland, prompting a report from the Belfast Telegraph.
    data-sort-value="0.0047" 47 minutes
    November 26, 2015
    November 26, 2015
    First part added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wrightbus&diff=692537579&oldid=692537215 second part added, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wrightbus&diff=692538010&oldid=692537906 removed
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    MESSENGER (NASA probe)
    Destination of interplanetary probe changed from Mercury (planet) to Canada.
    data-sort-value="0.0005" 5 minutes
    January 17, 2008
    January 17, 2008
    Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Canada, page 272, inexplicably devotes two thirds of a printed page to this short-lived bit of vandalism, explaining in detail how MESSENGER was the first mission to visit Canada in over 30 years, studying its environment and characteristics from orbit.

    See also

    • User:JohnCD/Hoaxes#Deleted at AfD, a list of confirmed hoaxes that are not included on this page
    • List of hoaxes, articles which factually describe encyclopedically notable hoaxes
    • Wikipedia:List of citogenesis incidents
    • List of Wikipedia controversies
    • Reliability of Wikipedia
    • :Category:Wikipedia suspected hoax articles
    • :Category:AfC submissions declined as jokes
    • Wikipedia:Society for the Preservation of the Quazer Beast
    • Fictitious entry
    • "How many more hoaxes will Wikipedia find?", The Signpost
    • Wikipedia:Wikipedia records

    Further reading

    • "Revenge, Ego and the Corruption of Wikipedia", an article that describes several hoaxes which are not listed on this page
    • "After a half-decade, massive Wikipedia hoax finally exposed" at dailydot.com
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