The Museum of Hoaxes
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Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Fake Fish Photos
The Brown Lady of Raynham
This is one of the most famous ghost photos of all time. It supposedly shows the "Brown Lady" who haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England.

The image was taken by Captain Provand and Indre Shira (a pseudonym), two photographers on assignment for Country Life magazine. According to their later testimony, the pair saw an ethereal form descending the staircase and quickly snapped a picture.

Skeptics argue that the photo does not show a ghost, but rather was the result of mundane causes such as camera vibration, afternoon light from the window above the stairs catching the lens of the camera, and double exposure. What is not known is whether these effects were produced purposefully, or if they were the accidental result of a faulty camera.

Links and References
Murdie, A. (Sep 2006). The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall. Fortean Times.


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