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Fake Fish Photos
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Supplement to the Boston Independent Chronicle
In 1782 a shocking letter was printed in the Supplement to the Boston Independent Chronicle. It alleged that Indian warriors were sending hundreds of American scalps as war trophies to British royalty and Members of Parliament. The scalps included those of women, as well as young girls and boys.

Soon the letter had crossed the Atlantic and began to circulate throughout Europe, where it shocked European public opinion. But in fact, the British had not received scalps from any Indians. The Supplement to the Boston Independent Chronicle was a fake newspaper which Benjamin Franklin had printed and distributed to his friends.

Franklin intended his hoax to aid the American war effort by turning European opinion against the British.
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