The Internet, where every day is April Fool's Day

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SEATTLE -- It's April Fool's day every day on the Internet. Thousands of joke and hoax e-mails are in circulation, and more get added every week. And they're spreading faster than ever.

Many of the e-mail rumors making the rounds right now deal with Barack Obama or the Obama administration. Most of them are totally false or filled with inaccurate information.

A few examples of these hoax messages:

  • The president will legalize marijuana if a million people call a special phone number.
  • President Obama admitted he was a Muslim during an interview with ABC News.
  • That he did not attend Columbia University.
There's a photograph that shows a young Barack Obama as a member of the Black Panthers -- again, false.

A current e-rumor claims the basketball coach at Oregon State University, Craig Robinson, had his job saved by federal stimulus funds. Robinson, of course, is Michelle Obama's brother. The e-mail says the school got a check for $17 million in stimulus funds once the Obama Administration heard Robinson was about to be fired. All of this is total fabrication.

"There was no $17 million dollar check in stimulus funds that came to the university, and certainly not in a fashion to preserve coach Robinson's job," said Oregon State University spokesman Todd Simmons. "He does a fine job of preserving his own job by himself."

Pictures can also lie, and there are lots of them out there.

You may have seen the photo of Sarah Palin holding a machine gun and wearing a bikini made from the U.S. flag. Totally bogus.

And there's a photo that purports to show an archeological dig that found skeletons of a race of "giants" dating back to biblical times. It's fake.