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Old 05-17-2012, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I get how practical jokes and the like are fun, but the best part of a practical joke is when you reveal to your victim that they've been had!

But that doesn't usually happen with UFO/Ghost/Bigfoot/ect. hoaxes; the hoaxers are usually determined to keep the hoax going forever, and it's not until they are debunked or the hoaxer admits to the hoax years later that the hoax finally dies. (though some famous hoaxes take on a life of their own, like the Patterson Bigfoot video or Gulf breeze UFO pictures that many still insist are real even after they've been thoroughly debunked and the hoaxers even come clean)

Nor is it particularly profitable, (unless you are Whitley Strieber and let's face it, he didn't get insanely rich either!) to put on a hoax.

And for fame or notoriety? Who wants to be famous for being a liar anyway?

I just wonder what's going through their heads? Where does it get fun to make up UFO photos, stomp through the forest with "bigfoot feet" tied to your boots or tie a fishing line to your door then film it opening "by itself" and try to pass it off as the real deal?

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:37 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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some people find it amusing to watch others make fools of themselves by falling for their lies.

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I get how practical jokes and the like are fun, but the best part of a practical joke is when you reveal to your victim that they've been had!

But that doesn't usually happen with UFO/Ghost/Bigfoot/ect. hoaxes; the hoaxers are usually determined to keep the hoax going forever, and it's not until they are debunked or the hoaxer admits to the hoax years later that the hoax finally dies. (though some famous hoaxes take on a life of their own, like the Patterson Bigfoot video or Gulf breeze UFO pictures that many still insist are real even after they've been thoroughly debunked and the hoaxers even come clean)

Nor is it particularly profitable, (unless you are Whitley Strieber and let's face it, he didn't get insanely rich either!) to put on a hoax.

And for fame or notoriety? Who wants to be famous for being a liar anyway?

I just wonder what's going through their heads? Where does it get fun to make up UFO photos, stomp through the forest with "bigfoot feet" tied to your boots or tie a fishing line to your door then film it opening "by itself" and try to pass it off as the real deal?

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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some people find it amusing to watch others make fools of themselves by falling for their lies.
I guess I'm not evil enough to get it. I get a lot more satisfaction from helping others learn than from enjoying people's ignorance.

Twisted.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:06 PM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I guess I'm not evil enough to get it. I get a lot more satisfaction from helping others learn than from enjoying people's ignorance.

Twisted.

Neither am I. I think the people who do this have way too much time on their hands.

I am also a great believer that "what goes around comes around".

And so it shall be.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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I get how practical jokes and the like are fun, but the best part of a practical joke is when you reveal to your victim that they've been had!

But that doesn't usually happen with UFO/Ghost/Bigfoot/ect. hoaxes; the hoaxers are usually determined to keep the hoax going forever, and it's not until they are debunked or the hoaxer admits to the hoax years later that the hoax finally dies. (though some famous hoaxes take on a life of their own, like the Patterson Bigfoot video or Gulf breeze UFO pictures that many still insist are real even after they've been thoroughly debunked and the hoaxers even come clean)

Nor is it particularly profitable, (unless you are Whitley Strieber and let's face it, he didn't get insanely rich either!) to put on a hoax.

And for fame or notoriety? Who wants to be famous for being a liar anyway?

I just wonder what's going through their heads? Where does it get fun to make up UFO photos, stomp through the forest with "bigfoot feet" tied to your boots or tie a fishing line to your door then film it opening "by itself" and try to pass it off as the real deal?

Have you ever noticed that none of these "hoaxer's" are exactly Rhodes Scholars?

Apparently they think the rest of the world is just as stupid, if not more so, than they are.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:56 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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Hoaxing paranormal stories seems to be fairly common. I guess they lie for the same reasons people lie about anything else.

Like the elderly couple who appeared on Oprah Winfrey, hoaxed a holocaust tear jerker story. I think there were plans for a movie and book deals.

When his wife was asked why she went along with her husbands contrived story she said, it sounded good, she wanted to believe it was true.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:12 AM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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Hoaxing paranormal stories seems to be fairly common. I guess they lie for the same reasons people lie about anything else.

Like the elderly couple who appeared on Oprah Winfrey, hoaxed a holocaust tear jerker story. I think there were plans for a movie and book deals.

When his wife was asked why she went along with her husbands contrived story she said, it sounded good, she wanted to believe it was true.
People wonder if there is intelligent life on other planets, maybe we should be worried about the intelligent life here first.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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I've known a couple of people who have been involved with hoaxing people (not paranormal) and in one case I think it was the literal "too much time on one's hands" and the other one is a case of a seriously disturbed mind, even though I was not caught up in the hoax.

Both of them are not only no longer in my life, but they also have caused me to ramp up my distrust of people. Basically -- although this sounds negative -- I don't trust you from the outset and you have to prove yourself to me, by actions.

It's not like I put you through tests to be my friend, but I do rather carefully watch what's going on around you.

But paranormal hoaxers? Sometimes I think that's the scientist in people. "I saw this, now how can I replicate it?" I did it with "orbs". There's a show out there that looks for ways to replicate things they've had sent to them, and a lot of the times, they discover the reality -- it's a mis-identification sort of thing, or something mimics what they thought happened...

It's sort of fun to do this.... but I would never try to pass off my creations as real (unless the person I passed it off to was being a real wanker)
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:36 PM
 
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But paranormal hoaxers? Sometimes I think that's the scientist in people. "I saw this, now how can I replicate it?"
Sort of like crop circles and bigfoot. Or maybe like one I`ve heard of recently about a trucker who had a visit from a pilot that died in a crash 40 years ago. lol
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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They have free time and nothing truly constructive to do.
Hoaxes are often perpetrated by a group, so they can sit around together and snicker at the hoaxees.
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