The Museum of Hoaxes
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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Discovery of the Bigon -- April Fool's Day, 1996
Discover Magazine reported that physicists had discovered a new fundamental particle of matter, dubbed the Bigon. It could only be coaxed into existence for mere millionths of a second, but amazingly, when it did materialize it was the size of a bowling ball. Physicist Albert Manque and his colleagues accidentally found the particle when a computer connected to one of their vacuum-tube experiments exploded. Video analysis of the explosion revealed the Bigon hovering over the computer for a fraction of a second. Manque theorized that the Bigon might be responsible for a host of other unexplained phenomena such as ball lightning, sinking souffles, and spontaneous human combustion. Discover received huge amounts of mail in response to the story.

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