The Museum of Hoaxes
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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
A black lion: real or fake?
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Twenty One
During the 1950s Twenty One was one of the most popular quiz shows on TV. Its ratings soared when Charles Van Doren, son of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Van Doren, appeared as a contestant on the show in late 1956. Van Doren seemed unbeatable. For week after week he answered every question correctly, winning a total of $129,000. But in 1957 a previous contestant, Herbert Stempel, revealed that the entire show was rigged. Van Doren, it turned out, was being fed the correct answers. A congressional investigation followed, and NBC, the producer of the show, issued an embarrassed confession.
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