The Museum of Hoaxes
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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The worms inside your face
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Loch Ness Fossil
July 2, 2003: Gerald McSorley, a Scottish pensioner, found a fossilized section of a plesiosaur vertebrae when he accidentally tripped and fell into the loch. Nessie enthusiasts speculated the fossil might have come from an ancestor of the monster. But subsequent examination revealed the vertebrae were embedded in limestone not found near Loch Ness, and the fossil showed signs of having recently been in a marine environment. In other words, it was clear the fossil had been planted at the loch.
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