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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957

Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Caltech Vs. MIT
Posted by The Curator on Tue Apr 12, 2005
A group of Caltech students heads to MIT to throw down the prank gauntlet. They spend the weekend handing out t-shirts to prefrosh that read "MIT" on the front and "because not everybody can go to Caltech" on the back. During the night they spell out the letters C-A-L-T-E-C-H on an MIT building using a low-power laser. They also hang a banner on the MIT dome, changing its name from 'Massachusetts Institute of Technology' to 'That Other Institute of Technology.' They now await MIT's response. (make sure to check out the page of pictures of the pranks).
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