The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Jacko
The British Columbia Daily Colonist reported that a gorilla-type creature had been captured by railway workers and was being held in a local jail. It was given the nickname "Jacko." However, the entire thing turned out to be a hoax, as the hundreds of people who visited the jail and tried to view Jacko discovered, since Jacko was nonexistent. This story languished in obscurity until the 1950s when a reporter came across a reference to it (unaware it had turned out to be a newspaper hoax) and publicized it as an early example of a Sasquatch sighting.
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