The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Modern-Day Diplocaulus
The caption that accompanied these photos, when they circulated online in late 2004, claimed that the mysterious creature in the bucket had been found in Malta.

Professor Patrick Schembri of the Department of Biology at the University of Malta discussed the photos in an article that was published in November 2004 in the Malta Times. He identified the creature as an amphibian called a Diplocaulus, but he noted that the photos had to be fake because the Diplocaulus had been extinct for 270 million years. He speculated that the creature was a model.

The image was later traced back to an amateur Japanese model-maker who had taken the photo back in 1992 and submitted it to a magazine as part of a contest.

Links and References
Diplocaulus Found. Museum of Hoaxes' comment thread.
interq.or.jp (in Japanese)


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