The Museum of Hoaxes
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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Fake Fish Photos
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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