The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
April Fool Riot Call -- April Fool's Day, 1920
The desk sergeant at the San Francisco police station received a frantic phone call. "For God's sake rush the wagon to 1448 Bush Street." A dozen officers were sent to the address. The local paper reported, "They found 1448 Bush Street. It is a branch police station." [Modesto Evening News, Apr 1, 1920.]

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