The Museum of Hoaxes
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Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Fake Fish Photos
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
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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