The Museum of Hoaxes
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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Peace Treaty Signed -- April Fool's Day, 1919
A prankster started a rumor alleging that a peace treaty ending World War I had been signed. According to the Associated Press: "The report rapidly spread over all Paris and the telephone wires to the American headquarters in the hotel de Crillon became hot with inquiries as to the truth of the rumor. It did not take long however, for inquiries to realize the character of the report when they were reminded that today was April 1st." The Treaty of Versailles, which marked the formal end of the war, was signed on June 28, 1919. [Daily Northwestern, Apr 1, 1919.]

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