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'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Bride of Bigfoot
Cherie Darvell was a member of a film crew searching for Bigfoot in the woods outside Eureka, California. Unfortunately for her, she found Bigfoot and he abducted her. Or so she claimed. Humboldt County organized a search party to find her, but without success. (Total cost for the search: $11,613. Humboldt County tried to sue Shasta County to make them pay a portion of the cost, but a judge struck down their suit, ruling that the search for Bigfoot had been an "exercise in futility.") A few days later, Darvell walked into a nearby resort, looking none the worse for wear, despite her experience as a Bride of Bigfoot. When reporters tried to ask her questions about her ordeal, her only response was to scream. Her fellow filmmakers, Ed Bush and Terry Gaston, later released a movie showing her being carried away by Bigfoot. It crossed the minds of a few people that the "abduction" had been simply an elaborate publicity stunt.
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