The Museum of Hoaxes
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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Fake Fish Photos
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The worms inside your face
Shuttle Columbia Explosion Photos
When the space shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, no cameras recorded the event. But online, a dramatic series of images of a space shuttle exploding began to circulate. They were said to have been taken "from an Israeli satellite in space."

The pictures were actually screenshots from the opening scene of the Touchstone Pictures movie Armageddon (1998). In the movie the space shuttle Atlantis is struck by meteorite fragments. An unknown hoaxer lifted these images from a DVD of the movie, added the phony caption, and set the pictures loose on the web.














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