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Critical Evaluation Links to Bogus and Hoax Websites

Bogus or Real Web Sites?


Bogus web sites have become a serious problem for those who surf the Internet in search of accurate information. The spoof site, SkyHigh Airlines is one example. Here is a list of links to additional sites that, in some cases, are hard to distinguish between bogus or real.

Sites to Use for Demonstrating Critical Evaluation


Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanies Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide Boilerplate: Mechanical Marvel of the 19th Century

Boilerplate Man. "Built in a small Chicago laboratory, Boilerplate was originally designed as a prototype soldier for use in resolving the conflicts of nations. Although it was the only such prototype, Boilerplate was eventually able to exercise its proposed function by participating in several combat actions."

Burmese Mountain Dog

Burmese Mountain Dog is a medium sized, muscular dog originally bred in Burma (Myanmar) to guard Buddhist temples. The Burmese Mountain Dog Club of America was established in 1985 to foster the breed in the United States and the world.

Buy an Ancestor Online California's Velcro Crop Under Challenge

California Velcro Crop Under Attack. "California's important Velcro crop, vital to the clothing, footwear, and sporting goods industries, has been severely stressed by drought, disease, and pests."

Case Analysis of a Historic Killer Tornado Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division

Dihydrogen Monoxide. "Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division (DMRD), currently located in Newark, Delaware. The controversy surrounding dihydrogen monoxide has never been more widely debated, and the goal of this site is to provide an unbiased data clearinghouse and a forum for public discussion."

Feline Reactions to Bearded Men Golden Gate Tunnel (archive.org) Google Job Opportunities Google Technology Jacopo di Poggibonsi Mankato (MN) Home Page MoonBeam Enterprises and Lunar Travel Agency

History of the Fisher-Price Airplane OvaPrima Foundation Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Taxonomy of Barney Visit Exciting Fredericton

http://1147.129.226.1/library/research/AIDSFACTS.htm http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalexpl.html http://clickmonkeys.com Elementary level tutorial for evaluating web sites http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/webevaluation/ http://www.andoverhs.anoka.k12.mn.us/IMC/bogus.html
Bonzai Kitten. This is a site with very dark humor about raising kittens as one would a Bonzai tree. It takes a while to realize this is not for real. GenoChoice. "Create your own genetically healthy baby online.From the first human male pregnancy to the first successful medical application of nanotechnology, RYT Hospital-Dwayne Medical Center has dramatically advanced the art, science, and technology of medicine..." Male Pregnancy."In the years since the first "test tube baby" was born in 1978, physicians and scientists from RYT Hospital have been working to develop a viable technique for the successful impregnation of male individuals." Mankato, Minnesota. Mecca for scores of knowing Midwesterners. The winter temperature in many Mankato neighborhoods has never dropped below a balmy 70 degrees. SEC. "McWhortle Enterprises is an established and well-known manufacturer of biological defense mechanisms. Fortune 500 companies routinely use McWhortle Defense systems to protect their far-flung executives living in dangerous areas. These discreet, confidential safeguards have for years given employees and their families peace of mind".

IDChip.com IDChip.com, which claimed in 1999 it was already implanting identification microchips in human beings, created a bit of apocalyptic hysteria in its time -- a cautionary tale for all aspiring Net satirists. Look up Anyone's Driver's License on the Web! "Welcome to the National Driver's License Records Bureau Website," this site boasts, "where you can search our online database of over 220 million U.S. driver's license photos and driver's license information currently on file, absolutely FREE."

Man Beef This controversial site purported to sell "high quality human meat" products, but, like the similarly provocative Bonsai Kitten Website, ManBeef.com was just an elaborate prank designed to push people's emotional buttons. http://www.museumofhozes.com/hoaxsites.html New Hartford, MN Homepage Burmese Mountain Dog Strawberry Pop Tart Blow Torches Study of Holocaust Revisionism descy.50megs.com/NewHartford/newhtfd.html descy.50megs.com/akcj3/bmd.html

www.sci.tamucc.edu/~pmichaud/toast/ www.codoh.com/revisionist/tr03butzhr.html

Some pages can still fool even the most seasoned navigator. Students need to think critically and carefully to evaluate any Internet information.

Aluminum Foil Detector Beanie AyleeOrgNetCom Desinternetation Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide Boilerplate, the Victorian Era Robot Bonsai Kitten Burmese Mountain Dog Buy An Ancestor Online-NEW! Cicada Information Source - NEW! Click Monkeys California Velcro Crop Computer Virus Linked to Humans - NEW! Continental Drift Cam Digital Recomposition for wide screen film to video transfer Dog Island - NEW! Drivers License Search Final Curtain Visit Exciting Fredericton - NEW! Funky Shoes Genochoice Greenpeas Feline Reactions to Bearded Men Hacker Barbie Jackalope Conspiracy Kresky TV Little Known Facts About Women and Aids Lunar Travel Agency - NEW! Mankato, Minnesota

McWhortle Enterprises, Inc.


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission A hoax site set up to teach people how to watch out for scams. The site looks and feels real to the people searching the Internet for investment opportunities and is great to use with older secondary students. A similar site is Parsons Heritage Offshore Opportunities Ltd.

Miskatonic University - NEW! MoonBeam Enterprises New Hartford, Minnesota Ova Prima Foundation Penguins Conspiracy - NEW! Pets or Food - NEW! Republic of Molossia - NEW! Sasquatch Save the Mountain Walrus Tass Net Ruslafield Zoo sian Newspaper Time Travel Fund - NEW! Tree Octopus Whitehouse.Net Wingmakers

Check these sites to verify spoofs, hoaxes, urban legends or myths you may have read about:

About.com Urban Legends

http://urbanlegends.about.com

CDC Health Hoaxes & Rumors

http://www.cdc.gov/hoax_rumors.htm

Hoaxbusters

http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org

Vmyths

http://www.vmyths.com

Snopes.com

http://www.snopes.com

FunPhone Throw away your mobile phone and use this website. Haggis Hunt This funny site adamantly proclaims that a Haggis is a wild animal. Ova Prima Foundation Linger-Not Associates Investigates which came first - the chicken or the egg. Randolph Y. Teasley Hospital - Dwayne Medical Center o Male Pregnancy o Transgenic Talking Mouse

Sellafield Zoo John Hopkin, Hull, United Kingdom Where the wildlife has a half-life

Clones Are Us http://www.d-b.net/dti/ Internet Evaluation - Hoax Sites - compiled by Celita de Armond at U Texas San Antonio Questionable Web Sites - good resource page created by Ken Winter, Preston Library, Virginia Military Institute.

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Secondary ICT: Web Literacy (online video)


http://www.teachers.tv/video/5425 Secondary ICT: Web Literacy This programme reveals the critical importance for teachers to provide guidance to their pupils when using the internet for research. A group of Year 9 pupils at Wortley High School in Leeds are asked to look at three websites. The subject matters are Martin Luther King, the holocaust and Victorian robots. None of the websites are what they seem. The first two are fronts for racists and holocaust deniers. The last is a good-natured spoof. None of the pupils spot any problems with the validity, reliability or authority of the sites and many say they would cut and paste information from the sites for use in homework or other projects.

Beluga Whale Facts


http://www.idiotica.com/encyclopedia/content/Beluga.htm Beluga Whale Facts The Beluga Whale, first discovered by Spanish explorers in 1719, is among the most misunderstood sea creatures in the animal world. The Beluga is not a "true whale," but rather a water-breathing fish closely related to the sailfish and marlin.

Note Taking ... not what it seems


http://www.wiredsafety.org/wiredlearning/Evaluation/notetaking/index.htm#slide=1 Note Taking ... not what it seems "This (evaluating websites lesson)is disguised as a lesson on note taking. It starts with a Flash presentation on how to take effective notes and then sends students to some great bogus web sites created by Jeff Hastings of the Howell School District. The note taking lessons is appropriate for upper elementary and MS."

Jo Cool or Jo Fool
http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/games/jocool_jofool/ Jo Cool or Jo Fool This interactive online module takes students through a CyberTour of twelve mock Web sites to test their savvy surfing skills. It includes a 20-question online quiz that provides additional food for thought about the Web issues that the brother and sister team Josie and Joseph Cool encounter. Jo Cool or Jo Fool is also accompanied by an extensive Teacher's Guide, that contains background information for teachers, and questions and classroom activities for students, about online issues such as marketing, privacy, safety, responsible Internet use and authenticating information.

Panexa
http://www.panexa.com/ No matter what you do or where you go, you're always going to be yourself. And Panexa knows this. Your lifestyle is one of the biggest factors in choosing how to live. Why trust it to anything less? Panexa is proven to provide more medication to those who take it than any other comparable solution. Panexa is the right choice, the safe choice.

Titles from the 'Facts About' series


http://www.idiotica.com/cranium/encyclopedia/ Titles from the "Facts About" series Facts about Beluga Whales | Facts about the American Civil War | Facts about "Huckleberry Finn" | Facts about the Planet Mars | Facts about Sheldrake the Beneficent | Facts about Biomes of the World | Facts about Ancient China | Facts about Albert Einstein |

Gallery of Hoax Websites


http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoaxsites.html Gallery of Hoax Websites

Californians for Ferret Legalization


http://www.ferretnews.org/misinfo.html Californians for Ferret Legalization California is the only State on the continent that prohibits possession of the domestic ferret, although there are currently estimated to be 500,000 here* kept as family pets.

Gullible
http://www.gullible.info/ Gullible

Looks Too Good To Be True


http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/ Looks Too Good To Be True This website was developed to arm you with information so you don? fall victim to these Internet scam artists. Education, good judgment, and a healthy dose of skepticism are the best defenses against becoming a victim. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Save the Rennets


http://www.savetherennets.com Welcome to the web site dedicated to saving rennets from unnecessary torture and slaughter. Rennets are small hamster like rodents which are intensively factory farmed and slaughtered for the production of cheese. Rennets are added to milk when making cheese as this aids the coagulation process necessary for the production of cheese.

Victorian-era robots
http://bigredhair.com/robots/index.html Here is the most extensive collection of images and information on Victorian-era robots to be found in the whole World Wide Web.

Google Gulp
http://www.google.com/googlegulp/ At Google our mission is to organize the world's information and make it useful and accessible to our users. But any piece of information's usefulness derives, to a depressing degree, from the cognitive ability of the user who's using it. That's why we're pleased to announce Google Gulp (BETA) with Auto-Drink (LIMITED RELEASE), a line of "smart drinks" designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty.

The history of the fisher price aeroplane


http://www.weathergraphics.com/tim/fisher Almost forgotten, the Fisher-Price Airplane is a relic from the 1970s, a rare example of a Soviet design that was adopted by Western airlines. It is the predecessor of regional jets, which are beginning to form the backbone of major U.S. airlines.

ova prima
http://www.ovaprima.org

Since 1887, the Ova Prima Foundation has existed for the sole purpose of exploring the mystery and the beauty that is the egg. It is the Foundation's primary objective to continue to build a body of scientific evidence that will shed light on the egg-and-chicken controversy, that most basic of conundrums. The Foundation's long and exciting history began in 1865 when Craigorn Shippen discovered the first scientific evidence that the egg came first.

Penguin Warehouse
http://www.penguinwarehouse.com/ Welcome to the most respected, domesticated penguin dealer on the Internet! Relax and take a look around our site where you can find information on our company, our products, and what goes into the care of a penguin. Penguin Warehouse, Inc. sells certified purebred penguins, useful penguin books, and many other items to make you and your new pet happy.

Titles from the "Facts About" series


http://scnc.hps.k12.mi.us/~hwmedia/encyclopedia/ Titles from the "Facts About" series | Facts about Beluga Whales | Facts about the American Civil War | Facts about "Huckleberry Finn" | Facts about the Planet Mars | Facts about Sheldrake the Beneficent | Facts about Biomes of the World | Facts about Ancient China | Facts about Albert Einstein |

Furnetics
http://www.seanmcelroy.com/imagine_furnetics/ Furnetics is the only provider of complete genetic modification solutions. The first genetic engineering Fortune 1000 Company, Furnetics continues its tradition of providing safe, effective, and timely alteration services to people around the globe. Please take a moment to discover the wide array of solutions we offer and find which solution is right for you.

The Lunar Travel Agency


http://dreamweaverstudios.com/moonbeam/moon.htm The Lunar Travel Agency Moon Beam Enterprise proudly announces the development of the Moon Through innovations and our creative skills we developed several areas of the Moon. Reserve your home in the Sea of Serenity Lunar Colony, Honeymoon at the Sea of Fertility Honeymoon Resort, Rest in Peace at The Sea of Clouds Cemetery, vacation at the Lake of Dreams Lunar Resort, Retire to the Sea of Nectar Retirement Resort, Reserve the right to a Lunar Franchise, send a friend, co-worker, or boss to the Lake of Death Lunar Prison.

Dog Island
http://www.thedogisland.com/index.html Over 2,500 dogs are already enjoying a better life at Dog Island. Separated from the anxieties of urban life, dogs on Dog Island live a natural, healthy and happy life. They live with almost limitless space, and tens of thousands of rabbits, rodents and other natural prey. Surrounded by thousands of other dogs, this is the only place for them to be

truly social and create healthy families.

Chemical Castration Bill Becomes Law


http://www.disconnect.net/underground/volume2/castration01.html Chemical Castration Bill Becomes Law The controversial "Chemical Castration Bill" was accepted into law yesterday. This now provides for chemical castration as the standard punishment for each and every crime or infringement upon the law. It is being hailed as the best determent for crime ever. "I believe it to be an idea whose time has come," said Senator Dale Bumpers from Arkansas. "The American people are finally fighting back against criminals."

Photographs on the Internet .. real or ?


http://www.snopes.com/photos/photos.asp Photographs on the Internet .. real or ?

GenoChoice : RYT Hospital


http://www.genochoice.com Thank you for considering GenoChoice to plan the future well-being of you and your family. My name is Dr. Elizabeth Preatner, a prenatal geneticist and embryologist here at GenoChoice. Using our state-of-the-art technologies, you can quite possibly ensure that your child's life may be free of such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease -as well as conditions like obesity, aggression, and dyslexia. Our probes and DNA amplifiers can identify these negative genes and eliminate them in your child... all at the pre-embryonic stage!

Build your very own powered aircraft


http://www.ebaumsworld.com/flyaircraft.html Build your very own powered aircraft.

The Godsend Institute


http://www.godsendinstitute.org/ The Godsend Institute is a fertility clinic and practice, specializing in the replication of cells for the purpose of creating life from life. We believe those with the power to grant or restore life have an obligation to our community and our world to share that power. At Godsend, we have perfected a procedure by which a single cell could be used to create a genetically identical fetus ?a fetus which could be carried to term and, in effect, be reborn. Godsend is ranked among the leading fertility clinics and research facilities in the world. Our resources are committed to providing exceptional patient care and facilitating continued breakthroughs in the fields of fertility and cell duplication.

Computer Virus Spreads to Human


http://www.betterhumans.com/News/news.aspx?articleID=2003-04-01-1 Computer Virus Spreads to Human

Google Technology
http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html As a Google user, you're familiar with the speed and accuracy of a Google search. How exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query as quickly as it does? The heart of Google's search technology is PigeonRank? a system for ranking web pages developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University.

The White House


http://www.whitehouse.org/ The White House

The Vatican Online


http://www.vatican.va/ The Vatican Online

Boilerplate
http://bigredhair.com/boilerplate Boilerplate was a mechanical man developed by Professor Archibald Campion during the 1880s and unveiled at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Built in a small Chicago laboratory, Boilerplate was originally designed as a prototype soldier for use in resolving the conflicts of nations. Although it was the only such prototype, Boilerplate was eventually able to exercise its proposed function by participating in several combat actions.

Welcome to the eConfessional


http://www.absolution-online.com/confessional/ Welcome to the eConfessional Please select a sin, start by selecting a category (some sins occur in more than one section).

General Delivery University


http://www.bandersnatch.com/guide.htm General Delivery University This Web site, which provides a comprehensive look over of one of the world's most overlooked virtual universities, should prove to be a welcome surprise to all high school level educators -- teachers and guidance counselors in particular. The site offers a thorough discussion of university Rules and Regulations, including a sample Scholastic Ineptitude Test, a link to the school newspaper, and a discussion of the school's history.

First Genetics
http://www.kontraband.com/firstgenetics.htm First Genetics "Marty the Mandrill," as we've named him, is also the first genetically engineered

organism to show signs of intelligence manipulation through selective chromosome laser enhancement. The result has stunned the science world. Marty is the only primate able to communicate with Homo Sapiens in their own language via typing in fluent English.

Britain for Americans


http://www.brookview.karoo.net/BFA/ Britain for Americans This is a guide to Britain written for Americans who may be planning a visit here. Use this guide to help you become familar with the many complex, sometimes strange customs of the British People.

The First Page of the Internet


http://www.internetfirstpage.com/ This is the First Page of the Internet - Everything starts here!

Local officials nearly fall for H2O hoax


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4534017/ Local officials nearly fall for H2O hoax ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - City officials were so concerned about the potentially dangerous properties of dihydrogen monoxide that they considered banning foam cups after they learned the chemical was used in their production.

The Republic of Molossia


http://www.molossia.org/countryeng.html The Republic of Molossia

Ziplock bags filled with water rtepell insects


http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mwaterbags.html Ziplock bags filled with water rtepell insects What is the deal with the bags of water hanging in restaurants? In the past month I've been enjoying beers on the outdoor patio of various restaurants and noticed large ziplock bags filled with water hanging from the ceiling. A friend told me it is supposed to keep away flies.

RYT Hospital-Dwayne Medical Center


http://www.rythospital.com/ RYT Hospital-Dwayne Medical Center is synonymous with the world's most innovative and extraordinary healthcare. Through its affiliation with Dwayne University Medical College, RYT Hospital is responsible for the cutting-edge research that leads to the clinical treatments of the future. At RYT, medical possibilities become medical breakthroughs. From the first human male pregnancy to the first successful medical application of nanotechnology, RYT Hospital-Dwayne Medical Center has dramatically advanced the art, science, and technology of medicine

The Federal Vampire & Zombie Agency


http://www.fvza.org/ This site was turned in by a student doing research on vampires. With a subject like vampires. I realize that it is a little tricky to find credible sources - but there really are many sites out there that cover the history of vampire legends in a scholarly manner. Trust me....this is not one of them ... or is it?

The rise and fall of IDChip.com


http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa090199.htm The Internet was abuzz two weeks ago with news that a multi-billion dollar company called Global Monetary had established a Web presence to promote its plan to implement a "proprietary global system of exchange, customer tracking and profiling."

Welcome To ManBeef
http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa072301a.htm For the last 19 years ManBeef has been the world's leading human meat distributor. We have established a reputation for having only the highest quality human meat products and dedicated customer service representatives. Because we only cater to a select group of people, we try to keep a close relationship with all of our customers.

National Driver's License Records Bureau


http://www.license.shorturl.com Welcome to the National Driver's License Records Bureau web site - where you can search our online database of over 220 million U.S. driver's license photos and driver's license information currently on file, absolutely FREE. Search our files with the form below.

The First Male Pregnancy


http://www.malepregnancy.com/ The First Male Pregnancy Join physicians and scientists around the world in monitoring Mr. Lee's pregnancy online.

Amazing Magic Cyber Camera


http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/3072/camera1.html Amazing Magic Cyber Camera It's still in the state of testing. But Misrocoft decided to release this beta version to let future customers take an active part in testing. Microsoft has encouraged webdesigners world wide to add this "camera" to private sites, which makes it possible for me to introduce it to you. The Magic "Camera" will activate your screen to make it light sensitive. It will work like a digital camera. This enables you to have a picture on your very own computer. This sounds too good to be true.

Welcome to New Hartford


http://web.fvdes.com/teacher_resources/Web_Eval_TL/NewHartford/WW1.html Welcome to New Hartford, Minnesota. We are a community of 3027 in south central Minnesota. Please enjoy our pages. We have sections focused on town and tourism related information. New Hartford is a comfortable place to settle down. You will really feel at home. You may even think that you recognize some of these places! New Hartford, Minnesota's history dates back to the mid 1800's when it was founded by a group of German and Norwegian immigrants who left Hartford, Connecticut after the great fire of '55. The culture and traditions that the original immigrants brought with them from Germany and Norway remain active today, giving New Hartford a distinctively European feel.

Teaching Zack to Think


http://www.anovember.com/articles/zack.html Teaching Zack to Think Is your high school teaching students to access the Internet for research? Then it is essential that students also learn how to validate the information. The Internet is a place where you can find "proof" of essentially any belief system that you can imagine. And, for too many students, "If it is on the Internet, it is true."

The Burmese Mountain Dog


http://descy.50megs.com/akcj3/bmd.html The Burmese Mountain Dog The Burmese Mountain Dog is a medium sized, muscular dog originally bred in Burma (Myanmar) to guard Buddhist temples. It was bred to guard the temples, and keep the temples free of rodents and beggars. It is also known as the Burmese Temple Dog. In 1954, a group of Burmese Opium Lords set up a standard for the Burmese Mountain Dog which has remained virtually unchanged ever since. The Burmese Mountain Dog Club of America was established in 1985 to foster the breed in the United States and the world.

Burger King Introduces left-handed Whopper


http://www.burgerking.com/CompanyInfo/onlinepressroom/release.asp?id=249 MIAMI, FL, March 31 -- BURGER KING Corporation today announced the launch of the new Left Handed WHOPPER? which will become available nationwide tomorrow. America's most preferred premium hamburger will feature the trademark build of lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup and 4-ounce flame broiled hamburger patty, but the newly designed sandwich has been re-engineered to fit more comfortably in the left hand, thereby reducing condiment "spills" for left-handed hamburger lovers. It is estimated that more than 1.4 million left-handed customers visit U.S. BURGER KING?restaurants each day.

Feral flamingos of Sacramento's Capitol Park


http://www.umbachconsulting.com/FeralFlamingo.pdf Feral flamingos of Sacramento's Capitol Park Note that this is a large pdf file to download ... but easy(ish) reading as several illustrations.