The Museum of Hoaxes
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The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Cursed by Allah
Lung-Powered Flying Machine
The Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung ran this photo in its April Fool's Day edition to illustrate a (joke) story about a flying machine powered by the breath from a man's lungs. The man demonstrating the machine was identified as Erich Koycher. International News Photo, believing the story to be true, distributed the photo to its American subscribers. As a consequence, it subsequently appeared as factual news in many American papers, including in the New York Times. "Koycher" was a pun on the German word "keuchen," meaning to wheeze or gasp for breath.

Links and References
Man Flies By Own Lung Power, April Fool's Day Archive.


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