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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Cursed by Allah
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Flypaper Report, 1943
During World War II, the illustrator Hugh Troy was given a desk job stateside. He found it excruciatingly boring. So to amuse himself he began preparing Daily Flypaper Reports in the style of standard army regulations. These were counts, printed on official-looking paper, of all the flies trapped on flypaper in the mess hall during the last twenty-four hours. He analyzed the results according to wind direction, nearness to windows, nearness to the kitchen, length of the flypaper, etc. He then would mimeograph the report and slip it in among the other official forms submitted to headquarters each day.

After keeping this up for a month, he received a call from an officer in another comapny: "Lieutenant, Can you tell me the proper procedure for filing fly reports? We've been catching hell from the Pentagon for not sending them in."

Links and References
  • Spong, Richard. (Mar 19, 1972). "Daily Flypaper Reports: An Historic Hoaxist." The Washington Post.
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