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24th Sep '16 12:41:29 AM Cyborg_Zombie
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** [[http://www.vice.com/read/crackedcom-is-full-of-lies Not that their own writers are above such actions]].
31st Aug '16 6:14:11 PM MikeK
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* Music/CamperVanBeethoven originally claimed their CoverAlbum of Music/FleetwoodMac's ''Tusk'' was a series of lost recordings they made while snowed in on a retreat in 1987, which they remixed and added some overdubs to for its release in 2002. The band later admitted it was entirely new recordings: they wanted to see if they could get along in the studio after reuniting, but didn't want to write new songs, and decided the results of the experiment would be better received if they passed it off as some old forgotten demos instead of a new studio album.

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* Music/CamperVanBeethoven originally claimed their CoverAlbum of Music/FleetwoodMac's ''Tusk'' was a series of lost recordings they made while snowed in on a retreat in 1987, which they remixed and added some overdubs to for its release in 2002. The band later admitted it was entirely new recordings: After having been broken up for about a decade, they wanted decided to see if they could get along do a cover album as a way to test out how they'd work together in the studio after reuniting, but didn't want without having to write new original songs, and decided with the results of the experiment would be better received if they passed it off as some old forgotten demos instead of fake back-story being a new studio album.way to keep expectations from getting too high.
25th Aug '16 4:38:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheHauntingInConnecticut'' purports to be based on a true story. However, Ray Garton, the author of the book that the film (and a DiscoveryChannel documentary) was based on, has admitted that the "true story" was a fabrication. He has said that none of the family members could get their story straight, and that they were dealing with alcoholism and drug addiction at the time, which may have affected their judgment. When he pointed this out to Ed and Lorraine Warren, the case investigators and self-professed "demonologists" (who, not coincidentally, also investigated the Amityville case), they reportedly told him to "make it up and make it scary."

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* ''Film/TheHauntingInConnecticut'' purports to be based on a true story. However, Ray Garton, the author of the book that the film (and a DiscoveryChannel Creator/DiscoveryChannel documentary) was based on, has admitted that the "true story" was a fabrication. He has said that none of the family members could get their story straight, and that they were dealing with alcoholism and drug addiction at the time, which may have affected their judgment. When he pointed this out to Ed and Lorraine Warren, the case investigators and self-professed "demonologists" (who, not coincidentally, also investigated the Amityville case), they reportedly told him to "make it up and make it scary."
10th Aug '16 7:48:30 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' is based on an odd amalgamation of the historical Satsuma rebellion and the part played in the earlier Boshin war by French officer Jules Brunet. It also borrows heavily from other fictional works, such as ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' and James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]''. The "guns vs. swords" plot is particularly ironic, considering that even the real "last samurai" of the Satsuma rebellion openly embraced modern weaponry for the tactical advantages it offered.[[note]]For a period of time prior to the unification of Japan, samurai (and the peasant soldiers serving under their command) used guns more prolifically than any other group on Earth. Any reluctance to use guns was simply to reserve them for serious crises.[[/note]] The decline of the samurai class in real life came about in a much slower and less dramatic fashion and there were certainly no embittered American Civil War heroes involved.

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* ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' is based on an odd amalgamation of the historical Satsuma rebellion and the part played in the earlier Boshin war by French officer Jules Brunet. It also borrows heavily from other fictional works, such as ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' and James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]''.''Literature/{{Shogun}}''. The "guns vs. swords" plot is particularly ironic, considering that even the real "last samurai" of the Satsuma rebellion openly embraced modern weaponry for the tactical advantages it offered.[[note]]For a period of time prior to the unification of Japan, samurai (and the peasant soldiers serving under their command) used guns more prolifically than any other group on Earth. Any reluctance to use guns was simply to reserve them for serious crises.[[/note]] The decline of the samurai class in real life came about in a much slower and less dramatic fashion and there were certainly no embittered American Civil War heroes involved.
28th Jul '16 8:08:09 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* ''VideoGame/LakeviewCabinCollection'' gives one at the beginning of ''Part IV'', the entire episode being a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre''.



* Most CreepyPasta present themselves as being true stories.

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* Most CreepyPasta {{Creepypasta}} present themselves as being true stories.
30th Jun '16 7:41:51 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** Australian writer Helen Darville won 1993's ''Australian/Vogel Literary Award'' and ''Miles Franklin Award'' for a novel named ''The hand that signed the paper'', written under the pen name "Helen Demidenko". It supposedly described her antisemitic Ukranian family's experiences through UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Darville#The_Hand_That_Signed_the_Paper:_novel_and_controversy it turned out to be a complete fabrication]] and opened the floodgates for quite the discussion on literary hoaxes in Australia.

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** Australian writer Helen Darville won 1993's 1995's ''Australian/Vogel Literary Award'' and ''Miles Franklin Award'' for a novel named ''The hand that signed the paper'', written under the pen name "Helen Demidenko". It supposedly described her antisemitic Ukranian family's experiences through UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[note]](i.e, a teenage male character is involucrated in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babi_Yar massacres at Babi Yar]] and later is in a Waffen SS group, his older brother becomes a guard in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treblinka_death_camp Treblinka death camp]], their sister is the lover of a German officer, and the older brother's girlfriend helps out a Treblinka prisoner in the 1943 camp revolt)[[/note]], but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Darville#The_Hand_That_Signed_the_Paper:_novel_and_controversy it turned out to be a complete fabrication]] and opened the floodgates for quite the discussion on literary hoaxes in Australia. It was later re-issued under Darville's actual name.
22nd Jun '16 9:41:28 PM PaulA
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* Creator/KarlMay is best known for his stories about [[AuthorStandIn "his"]] travels through the American West and the Middle East long before he actually visited the US and the Orient in person. Today that's no longer a major issue, but some of his contemporaries didn't take it well.

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* Creator/KarlMay is best known for his stories about [[AuthorStandIn "his"]] travels through [[Literature/{{Winnetou}} the American West West]] and [[Literature/OrientCycle the Middle East East]] long before he actually visited the US and the Orient in person. Today that's no longer a major issue, but some of his contemporaries didn't take it well.
14th Jun '16 2:35:41 AM Doug86
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* ''Film/KingArthur'' is billed as the true historical story of KingArthur, but instead is little more than a "remix" of the popular Arthur mythos with some garbled bits of Late Roman/Early Medieval history. Whether there was a historical Arthur at all remains a matter of fierce historical debate, and there are several potential candidates for the basis of the character, none of which bear more than a surface similarity to the movie's Arthur. It's not exactly a success as a "true historical story" either - the entire movie is one [[HollywoodHistory long]] [[TheThemeParkVersion historical]] [[AnachronismStew inaccuracy]]. Heck, the title character himself lived (''if'' he lived) about 300 years ''before'' the movie is supposed to take place.

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* ''Film/KingArthur'' is billed as the true historical story of KingArthur, Myth/KingArthur, but instead is little more than a "remix" of the popular Arthur mythos with some garbled bits of Late Roman/Early Medieval history. Whether there was a historical Arthur at all remains a matter of fierce historical debate, and there are several potential candidates for the basis of the character, none of which bear more than a surface similarity to the movie's Arthur. It's not exactly a success as a "true historical story" either - the entire movie is one [[HollywoodHistory long]] [[TheThemeParkVersion historical]] [[AnachronismStew inaccuracy]]. Heck, the title character himself lived (''if'' he lived) about 300 years ''before'' the movie is supposed to take place.
8th Jun '16 4:26:04 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has an in-universe double-subversion in the second book. [[SmallNameBigEgo Gilderoy Lockhart]] has written several self-serving autobiographies about his impossibly heroic escapades, which seem to be a pack of lies because [[InformedAbility Lockhart is totally incompetent at everything we see him doing.]] But the stories are true...except for the part about Lockhart being the hero. He based them on various real incidents and [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped the memories]] of the real heroes]], making it impossible to prove that he was lying.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has an in-universe double-subversion twist on this in the second book. [[SmallNameBigEgo Gilderoy Lockhart]] has written several self-serving autobiographies about his impossibly heroic escapades, which seem to be a pack of lies because [[InformedAbility Lockhart is totally incompetent at everything we see him doing.]] But the stories are true...except for the part about Lockhart being the hero. He based them on various real incidents and [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped the memories]] of the real heroes]], making it impossible to prove that he was lying.
6th Jun '16 11:01:09 PM sonicsuns3
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Before the hoax was revealed in 1972, even President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson was fooled by it (and reportedly "[[BerserkButton hit the roof]]" when he read it), and there remain {{conspiracy theorist}}s who believe that it actually ''is'' the real deal, claimed to be a hoax [[ParodyRetcon as a means of damage control]].

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Before the hoax was revealed in 1972, even President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson was (allegedly) fooled by it (and reportedly "[[BerserkButton hit the roof]]" when he read it), and there remain {{conspiracy theorist}}s who believe that it actually ''is'' the real deal, claimed to be a hoax [[ParodyRetcon as a means of damage control]].
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