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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Loch Ness Muppet, 1977
May 21, 1977: Anthony 'Doc' Shiels claimed that he took this picture while camping beside Urquhart Castle. Its startling clarity (it's probably the clearest picture of Nessie ever taken) has made it popular with the public. But it's hard to find any expert willing to take it seriously, simply because the creature depicted in it looks so obviously fake. (And it's odd that there are no ripples in the water around the neck.) Skeptics refer to Shiels's monster as "The Loch Ness Muppet." The fact that Shiels was a showman, "wizard," and psychic entertainer who was developing a side business as a professional monster hunter didn't help his credibility. Shiels himself commented that while he definitely took photos of lake monsters, he didn't believe in them.
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