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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
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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