The Museum of Hoaxes
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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Euro Disney Lenin -- April Fool's Day, 1995
The Irish Times reported that the Disney Corporation was negotiating with the Russian government to purchase the embalmed body of communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, which had been kept on display in Red Square since the leader's death. Disney wanted to move the body and the mausoleum to the new Euro Disney, where it would be given the "full Disney treatment." This would include displaying the body "under stroboscopic lights which will tone up the pallid face while excerpts from President Reagan's 'evil empire' speech will be played in quadrophonic sound." Lenin t-shirts would also be sold.

Disney anticipated that this attraction would bring more visitors to the theme park, significantly boosting profits which had been weak since the park's opening. The Russians, for their part, were agreeable to the sale of Lenin's body. However, a controversy had erupted about the sale of the mausoleum. Liberal groups wanted to keep the mausoleum empty "to symbolize the 'emptiness of the Communist system,'" whereas Russian nationalists wanted to transform it into a memorial to Tsar Nicholas II.

And yet - almost believable
Posted by Michelle  in  London  on  Mon Feb 19, 2007  at  08:03 AM
Great idea, it should be done:-)))))
Posted by Jerry Flyer  in  Toronto, ON  on  Sat Mar 31, 2007  at  02:46 PM
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