The Museum of Hoaxes
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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Spray Photograph
On November 12, 1933, Hugh Gray was walking back from church along the shore of Loch Ness when, so he later claimed, he saw an "object of considerable dimensions—making a big splash with spray on the surface" of the Loch. Luckily he had his camera with him, so he began snapping pictures. Only one of the pictures showed anything. Nessie believers hailed it as the first photographic evidence of the monster. Skeptics, however, dismissed it as a blurry mess that doesn't show anything at all. Many have suggested that it looks like a distorted image of a dog (perhaps Mr. Gray's own) carrying a stick in its mouth as it swims through water.
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