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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Keely Motor Company, 1875
John Worrell Keely founded the Keely Motor Company in 1875 in order to develop and commercialize his invention: a "vibratory generator" that required only a quart of water to generate the equivalent of the power needed to pull a fully-loaded train for over 75 minutes. Following successful demonstrations of this miraculous device in his workshop, investors rushed to give him money, even though the scientific community derided his claims. For fourteen years he kept working on his engine, promising investors that the moment was just around the corner when he would unveil it to the world. The investors believed him and kept pouring money into his bank account. When he died in 1898 investigators discovered the secret of the engine. There was a compressed air machine hidden in the basement of his house that fed power to the engine located two floors directly above it.
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