The Museum of Hoaxes
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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Playboy Invests in Rotorua -- April Fool's Day, 2009
The tourism board of Rotorua, New Zealand (a town famous for having a peculiar rotten egg smell caused by sulphur released from nearby geysers and hot thermal springs) ran full-page ads in The New Zealand Herald and The Dominion Post noting that scientists from Italy's University of Naples had recently discovered a positive link between the town's smell and male sexual arousal. This was true. But the ads went on to claim that, as a result, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner had decided to invest in Rotorua by converting the Rotorua Museum into his Holiday Mansion. Rotorua Tourism Marketing general manager Don Gunn said that the Playboy Holiday Mansion development would likely raise a few eyebrows in the local community, but that he expected the long-term tourism benefits to be huge.


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