The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
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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