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A black lion: real or fake?
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Use your left ear to detect lies
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Whopper Hoppers
Giant grasshoppers were popular subjects for tall-tale postcards, particularly in the Great Plains during the 1930s where grasshoppers were a common pest.

The top photo shows a scene captured by an unknown photographer near Mitchell, South Dakota. Three men struggle to subdue "the largest grasshopper in existence." The "whopper hopper" appears to be a wooden model.

The bottom image was created by Frank D. "Pop" Conard of Garden City, Kansas. He was considered to be the master of the 'whopper hopper' genre of postcards. In this image by Conard, a farmer hauls out a particularly large hopper specimen.

Links and References
• Rubin, C.E. & Williams, M. (1990). Larger Than Life: The American Tall-Tale Postcard, 1905-1915. Abbeville Press.


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