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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Angolan Witch Spider

Thankfully spiders don't actually get this large. The largest spiders in the world are only about as big as an adult human's hand.

The above image was created by artist/photographer/musician Paul Santa Maria in 2011 after he snapped a photo of a large wolf spider outside his Florida home. Twenty minutes of photoshopping later, he had transformed the normal-sized spider into a monster almost as large as his house.

The original image of a wolf spider that Paul Santa Marie used to create the hoax photo

He uploaded the photo to his Facebook page, intending it as a bit of photographic humor. He captioned it, "Sure You Want To Move To Florida?"

Within hours the image had gone viral, and soon the Internet had supplied the photo with a new, more alarming caption:
it's a new Spider call the Angolan Witch spider. They migrated from South America. They primarily eat dogs and cats In Texas this abnormally large spider was found on the side of this home. It took several gun shots to kill it.

"Angolan Witch Spider" is a creative name, but there is no such species in reality.

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