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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Fake Fish Photos
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
A Homemade UFO, 1947
July 11, 1947: Ten days after residents of Twin Falls, Idaho reported seeing flying saucers in the sky, a woman reported finding a flying saucer embedded in the lawn of her neighbor's home. Police came out to investigate, followed by the FBI and three army officers who flew out from Fort Douglas, Utah. What they found was a small, gold-and-silver-colored saucer about the size of a bicycle wheel. It had gouged long strips in the lawn as it landed. The army officers removed the saucer and took it to Salt Lake City for closer investigation. But the police, working on a tip, then identified the saucer as the creation of four teenage boys, who had spent several days building it out of radio tubes, wires, an old phonograph, and discarded electrical parts. The boys claimed it was "all a joke." Because of their age, no charges were brought against them.

Links and References
  • Idaho Daily Tribune (July 12, 1947). Reproduced at Project 1947.
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