The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
A black lion: real or fake?
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Channel Swim Hoax, 1927
On October 10, 1927, Dorothy Cochrane Logan entered the water at Cape Gris Nez, France. Her goal was to swim across the English Channel. Thirteen hours later she reappeared at Folkestone, England. Her time had set a new world record, for which a newspaper awarded her a prize of 1000 pounds. But a few days later Logan confessed her crossing had been a hoax. She had only spent four hours in the water. The rest of the time she had traveled on board a boat. She said that she perpetrated the hoax in order to demonstrate how simply the world could be fooled, and thus to underscore the necessity of supervising such swims. However, a member of her party, Lieutenant Commander L.S. M. Adam, later claimed she only confessed after he had demanded she do so. She was fined for perjury and returned the prize money.

Links and References
  • Escort Charges Dr. Logan Revealed Channel Swim Hoax Only After Threats. (Oct 21, 1927). Syracuse Herald.
Categories: Sports, 1914-1949
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