In pictures: Top 12 tech hoaxes of all time

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

"War of the Worlds" One of history's most famous hoaxes was never intended to be a hoax at all. Or was it? On October 30, 1938, the CBS radio network broadcast "The War of the Worlds," based on H.G. Wells' story of Martian invasion. Directed by media wunderkind Orson Welles, the production was structured as a series of "live" news bulletins describing the unfolding alien invasion. Welles' narrative strategy was to leverage the dramatic possibilities of mass media, but listeners weren't accustomed to staged newscasts, and they freaked out. In his later years, Welles admitted that he wasn't entirely surprised by the public panic, suggesting that the incident may have been a deliberate hoax all along.

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