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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The worms inside your face
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Nessiteras Rhombopteryx
Sir Peter Scott of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau participated in the 1972 expedition that produced the flipper photo. Feeling that the photo provided proof that some kind of large creature existed in the loch, he decided to give the animal a scientific name: Nessiteras Rhombopteryx (which meant "the Ness wonder with a diamond fin"). But London newspapers soon pointed out that if you juggled around the letters in this name, you got the phrase "monster hoax by Sir Peter S." Was this evidence that the flipper photo had been a deliberate hoax? Scott denied it. Dr. Rines came to his rescue by pointing out that if you juggled the letters around a bit more, you could spell "Yes, both pix are monsters. R."
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