Have you heard of a new software called SCIGen, that generates academic, conference-worthy papers, packed with features including figures and citations? Its capabilities are so wonderful that a conference even accepted a paper generated by this software.
We now take you over to LanguageLog (Mark Liberman), and to Ernie's 3D Pancakes (Jeff Erickson). Also at LanguageLog, Arnold Zwicky does a wonderful job of deconstructing for you the credentials of the organizer of the 'spamference' (don't you love this word?) that accepted the paper.
Mark Liberman's post also has some juicy stuff about a couple of other scams that academics have managed to pull off!