In pictures: Top 12 tech hoaxes of all time

Social media pranks and viral videos have nothing on these truly historical technical hoaxes

The "Death Star" petition In keeping with the Star Wars theme, a public policy initiative rose to the level of classic hoax last year. The federalWe The People website allows any citizen to file a petition on any issue. Gather enough signatures, and the petition will be reviewed. When more than 25,000 signed a petition for the U.S. government to build a Death Star, the press got involved, and White House technology adviser Paul Shawcross issued a reply. The salient points: "The Administration does not support blowing up planets" and "why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?" Solid jokes for a science adviser.

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