The Museum of Hoaxes
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Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Sweating Silver Vault -- April Fool's Day, 1896
Hundreds of people gathered outside the New York Sub-Treasury vault, located on Pine Street, due to a rumor (spread by an unknown prankster) that the vault was "sweating" because of the warm weather, causing the silver contained inside it to exude through the marble walls. Specks of mica were pointed out in the walls to prove the theory. [New York Times, Apr 2, 1896.]

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