The Museum of Hoaxes
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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Atomic Sub in Bedford -- April Fool's Day, 1960
The Pennsylvania Bedford Express ran a photograph on its front page of an atomic submarine floating in the Raystown River. The paper was subsequently flooded with calls from its readers: "Was there really a sub in the river? Where is it now? Has it left yet?" The image had been created by a Gazette photographer who superimposed a picture of the sub onto a picture of the river. The Raystown River is only three feet deep in the Bedford area. [Syracuse Herald-Journal, Apr 2, 1960.]

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