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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Fake Fish Photos
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983

The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Bush-Voters-Have-Lower-IQs Hoax Runs its Course
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 11, 2004
The Bush-voters-have-lower-IQs hoax appears to have run its course. The editor at American Assembler who posted the table that got the whole firestorm going has posted an abject apology. Meanwhile I've still been trying to contact Robert Calvert, the guy who originally posted the IQ/election data two years ago on rec.org.mensa, to see if he would admit that he made it up. But no luck. He doesn't reply to email. So the possibility hangs out there that he got the info from some obscure source that no one else has been able to find. But this possibility seems vanishingly small to me, especially when you consider the character of Calvert's other Usenet postings, many of which relate to the topic...

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