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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Samsung invents the on/off switch
WWI Armistice Announced Early
By November 1918 it seemed that the four-year-long conflict between the Allied and Axis powers might finally be coming to an end. Word leaked to the president of the United Press, who was in Europe at the time, that an armistice had been signed on November 7. Excitedly he cabled the news to America, where it then appeared as front page news across the country and sparked nationwide celebrations. The only problem was that the armistice hadn’t actually been signed. Apparently a German agent had planted the false news in order to demonstrate that the public in the Allied countries would welcome peace rather than a continuation of the conflict. The agent had actually read the political and public mood correctly. He was just a few days early. The real armistice was signed on November 11.
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