The Museum of Hoaxes
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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
St. Louis Arena Fund -- April Fool's Day, 1999
Rick Sanborn, a deejay for KLOU-FM in St. Louis, revealed to his listeners that a $24 million trust fund had recently been discovered that would be distributed to local residents. The trust fund had supposedly been established by the builder of the local sports Arena in 1929. He had left instructions to distribute the money to locals should the Arena ever be torn down. Since it was torn down in 1999, his order would go into effect. The money would be paid to anyone who held a St. Louis birth certificate issued after 1929. They would receive $1000 for every year of their age. Sanborn included fake reports and interviews along with his announcement. As a result of the prank, the St. Louis Citizens Service Bureau received over 75 calls before Sanborn revealed that the story was a hoax.

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