The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Canada Buys Ely -- April Fool's Day, 2008
The Chamber of Commerce of Ely, Minnesota announced that Canada had expressed interest in buying the town and moving it north of the US/Canada border. In response to the offer, the town launched a "Keep Ely in Minnesota" campaign. Other buyers said to be interested in the town were Kansas, Oklahoma, Uzbekistan and a private party who wanted to move Ely to the South Pacific. The Ely Tourism Board subsequently said it dreamed up the hoax as a way to remind tourists that "we're still here." Reportedly, one woman phoned up the Chamber of Commerce in a panic, worried about what would happen to her property once the town moved to Canada.

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