Science | Technology

Pandora’s Hope Movie

Year(s): 2012, 2013

In 2012, while film director Andrea Marini was shooting his documentary Art of the Prank about Joey Skaggs, Joey was producing, directing and appearing in Pandora’s Hope, a fake short documentary about the ethics and perils of genetic modification in plant and human organisms.

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Trump’s Military Parade

Year(s): 2018

New York City’s 33rd Annual April Fools’ Day Parade kicked off with a satirical take on Trump’s Military Parade. President Trump astride a tricycle mounted sling-shot launcher with a 10 foot tall rocket was joined by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un who had his own smaller rocket. 

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Trump’s Golden Throne

Year(s): 2017

April Fools’ Day is Joey Skaggs’ favorite holiday. Every year since 1986, to commemorate and celebrate the folly of mankind, he has organized New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade. Over the years, the parade has grown in stature and has now joined the ranks of beloved New York parades. In 2017, unlike other years when the parades have attracted major media coverage but have basically been a figment of Joey’s imagination, there actually was a parade. It was a Trumpathon!

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Art Attack

Year(s): 2002

In February 2001, Joey Skaggs was invited to participate in an exhibition at the Espai D’Art Contemporani (EACC) in Castellon, Spain. The show, entitled “En el Lado de la Television” [In the Side of Television] was intended to explore the relationships, contradictions and paradoxes between art and the mass media. Skaggs proposed a concept dealing with terrorism, violence and the media…

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Scandal in Slovenia

Year(s): 2001

On February 22, 2001, friend and co-conspirator Miso Alkalaj sent Joey Skaggs the first of many emails about a news story unfolding in Slovenia. A young law student had announced that he, representing all of Europe, had won first prize in a world competition in computer programming in Rio. Skeptics in the media became suspicious because they could not substantiate the existence of the competition, nor could they locate or talk to the student who had received government funding to enter this contest. Because Alkalaj declined to comment, they summarily decided that the whole thing was a hoax and he and Skaggs were behind it. The story gets more bizarre from there.

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Final Curtain

Year(s): 1998, 1999, 2000

The Final Curtain was an over-the-top parody of the death care industry, designed to provoke people to think about their feelings about life, death and burial in a new light–before it’s personally too late.

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Stop BioPEEP

Year(s): 1996, 1997, 1998

BioPEEP, the code name for a top secret research project–which stood for Biological Protocol for Enhanced Economic Production–commissioned by an unnamed multinational corporation, was a sinister plot to genetically alter and irreversibly addict human beings who unknowingly consumed their products. At the point of successful isolation and testing on humans, the research was co-opted by the U.S. military for use as a biological weapon capable of eradicating DNA targeted populations (specifically Jews, Arabs, Africans and Asians) through consumer products.

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Solomon Project

Year(s): 1995, 1996

In October 1995, Dr. Joseph Bonuso, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs), research fellow and founding director of the Solomon Project, sent out more than 3,000 press releases to elected officials, judges, and law school deans. The release stated that he, with 150 computer scientists and attorneys specializing in artificial intelligence, had developed a solution to the crisis of American jurisprudence. It was called Solomon.

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Year(s): 1993

In the Fall of 1993, SEXONIX, the world’s first sexual virtual reality company, planned to exhibit their equipment and software at the Metro Toronto Christmas Gift and Invention Show at Sky-Dome. But, the demonstration was not to be. All of the hardware and software, valued at over $300,000, was confiscated at the border by Canadian customs agents on the grounds that SEXONIX was morally offensive to the Canadian people. So said Joseph Skaggs, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs)…

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Year(s): 1990

In the Fall of 1990, Dr. Schlafer (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs) mailed out brochures announcing a new type of vacation experience, one that was enhanced by anesthesiology and subliminal programming. It was called Comacocoon, and offered a solution to the ever increasing risks of traveling away from home as well as the negative impact of tourism on the environment. In actuality, the letter and brochure were sent only to the media.

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