The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
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.














All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.