The Museum of Hoaxes
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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
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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