This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 7 Posted by The Curator on Sat Jun 07, 2014 June 7, 2009: The Birth of Little April Rose A Chicago woman who identified herself only as "B" or "April's Mom" had attracted a large online following by blogging about her decision to give birth to a child diagnosed as terminally ill. On June 7, 2009 she announced that the child, April Rose, had survived a home birth, but had died a few hours later. But skeptics soon noticed that the photos of April Rose actually showed a lifelike doll and not a real baby. After this revelation, her entire story quickly unraveled, exposing the truth — that she hadn't been pregnant at all. [Chicago Tribune] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 6 Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 06, 2014 June 6, 1944: D-Day Allied forces landed on the beaches at Normandy. The invasion was preceded by Operation Fortitude, one of the largest campaigns of military deception ever undertaken, which involved the creation of fake field armies consisting of inflatable rubber tanks and planes. The Operation succeeded in convincing the Axis powers that the invasion was going to occur somewhere other than Normandy. [wikipedia] June 6, 2011: Gay Girl in Damascus Kidnapped It was reported that popular blogger Amina Abdallah Arraf al Omari, author of the blog "A Gay Girl in Damascus," had been captured and detained by armed men in Syria. But as a result of the media attention generated by this news, questions started to be raised about her identity, leading to the revelation that Amina was actually Tom MacMaster , a 40-year-old American man studying for a masters at Edinburgh University. [wikipedia] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 5 Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 05, 2014 June 5, 1961: Piotr Zak On this day, the highbrow BBC radio show network Third Programme presented an "avant-garde work" titled "Mobile for Tape and Percussion" by the Polish composer Piotr Zak, who was said to be one of the youngest and most controversial figures in modern music. Two months later, the BBC confessed that Piotr Zak didn't exist. A company BBC spokesman explained, "We dragged together all the instruments we could and went around the studio banging them… It was an experiment to demonstrate that some contemporary compositions are so obscure as to be indistinguishable from tapes of percussion played at random." [wikipedia] June 5, 2000: Shades for Men Lipstick Ads appeared on the side of Toronto buses announcing the launch of a men's lipstick line called "Shades for Men." However, this product never went on sale. It turned out to be a hoax campaign used to test the effectiveness of bus advertising as a vehicle for launching new products. Categories: This Day in History Comments (3) My First Tattoo Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 04, 2014 On Tuesday, a sign went up in a shop window in the town of Whitstable alerting residents that Britain's "first tattoo parlour for kids" would soon be opening there. The website for this new business, myfirsttattoo.eu, showed a kid-friendly Hello Kitty tattoo. Surely this can't be happening in Whitstable! It's a joke right! pic.twitter.com/XKvFe36WfT— Deborah Roberts (@robertsontwit) June 3, 2014 Locals were shocked. But the sign was quickly revealed to be a hoax created by artist Sadie Hennessy who told the Daily Mail that, "I'm not doing it to make a fool out of people, I'm just trying to get people thinking about these issues about… Categories: Art Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 4 Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 04, 2014 June 4, 1872: The Great Diamond Hoax Two prospectors arrived with a group of investors at a field in Colorado that appeared to be full of diamonds lying close to the surface — just as the prospectors had promised it would be. The investors enthusiastically paid a large finding fee, but later discovered (after the prospectors had disappeared) that the field had been artificially salted with diamonds. [Smithsonian] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) Rusty AC Jesus Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 03, 2014 Christopher Goldsberry of Jackson County, MS said that when he saw the rust pattern on this old AC unit, he "knew who that was immediately." Of course, it was Jesus. Who else? But Goldsberry added, "The gentleman I purchased it from didn't see any of it. Think about it. They don't recognize what it is. Some people see it, some people don't. Think about that." [foxcarolina.com] Categories: Pareidolia Comments (2) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 3 Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 03, 2014 June 3, 2002: The Retractable Capitol Dome On this day in 2002, the Beijing Evening News ran a story alleging that the U.S. Congress was hoping to construct a new Capitol building that included a retractable dome roof. When critics mocked the newspaper for having mistaken a satirical story in The Onion for real news, the paper's editor denied this, saying "How can you prove it's not correct? Is it incorrect just because you say it is?" More … Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 2 Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 02, 2014 June 2, 2001: Dave Manning Exposed Newsweek reporter John Horn revealed that movie reviewer Dave Manning, whose positive blurbs often appeared on ads for movies put out by Columbia Pictures, didn't actually exist. He was a fictional person created by a marketing executive at Sony, the parent company of Columbia Pictures, entirely for the purpose of making it appear as if their movies were getting good reviews. More… Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 1 Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 01, 2014 June 1, 1997: Wear Sunscreen! Mary Schmich published a humorous column in the Chicago Tribune on June 1 advising college grads that her best advice for the future was to "wear sunscreen." Two months later, the text of her column began circulating widely via email, but attributed to Kurt Vonnegut and said to be a commencement speech he had given at MIT. Even Vonnegut's wife reportedly received the hoax email and, believing it to actually be the work of her husband, forwarded it to family and friends. [about.com, Chicago Tribune] June 1, 2007: De Grote Donorshow The premise of the Dutch reality TV show De Grote Donorshow (The Big Donor Show) was that a terminally ill woman with an incurable brain tumor would decide which of 25 "contestants" in need of a kidney transplant would get to have her organ. Despite widespread condemnation, the show went ahead as planned, airing on June 1, 2007. But minutes before the end, the entire thing was revealed to be a hoax designed to publicize the urgent need for more organ donors. [wikipedia] Categories: This Day in History Comments (1) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 31 Posted by The Curator on Sat May 31, 2014 May 31, 1725: The Lying Stones of Dr. Beringer On this day, Dr. Johann Beringer, a University of Würzburg professor, was given three unusual fossils that showed images (the sun and several worms) in three-dimensional relief. Beringer thought he had made a remarkable discovery and grew even more convinced of this when many more, similar stones turned up. He eventually authored a book about the stones. At which point, he found out that two fellow professors had created the stones to hoax him. More… May 31, 2003: The Cesky Sen Hypermarket Lured by ads throughout Prague promoting a new hypermarket called Cesky Sen ("Czech Dream") that would sell products at unbelievably low prices, hundreds of people showed up at the Lethany Fairgrounds for the grand opening. But all they found was a giant Cesky Sen banner. There was no hypermarket, nor plans to build one. Several student filmmakers had set out to record what would happen when consumer's expectations collided with reality, and so had launched a marketing blitz to promote a non-existent, too-good-to-be-true store. More… Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 30 Posted by The Curator on Fri May 30, 2014 May 30, 2000: spud server revealed to be a hoax It was purported to be a web server powered entirely by potatoes, and it served up web pages at an appropriately slow, potato-powered speed. After gaining international media exposure — both USA Today and the BBC reported about it — the makers of Spud Server admitted it was all a joke. There was no giant potato battery powering their site. More… Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 29 Posted by The Curator on Thu May 29, 2014 May 29, 1947: Sea Monster Attacks Tokyo The armed forces radio station in Tokyo interrupted its evening broadcast to report that a 20-foot sea monster had emerged from Tokyo Bay and was making its way inland. A series of bulletins provided updates on the progress of the creature as it derailed trains and smashed buildings. The report caused widespread panic. Military police were put on alert, and Japanese police were told to stand by to fight the monster. But after an hour, the announcer admitted the news flashes had just been a joke in honor of the station's fifth anniversary. More… Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) Futility Closet on the Dreadnought Hoax Posted by The Curator on Wed May 28, 2014 The Futility Closet blog recently posted a podcast about the 1910 Dreadnought hoax, in which upper-class British pranksters, disguised as Abyssinian princes, managed to fool the British navy into giving them a tour of the HMS Dreadnought. Even if you're familiar with the story, it's worth a listen, because it's a good account of it. Categories: History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 28 Posted by The Curator on Wed May 28, 2014 May 28, 1952: The Cornell War Broadcast Hoax On the night of May 28, 1952, a group of Cornell students disguised by halloween masks raided the campus radio station, WVBR, and began broadcasting news flashes claiming that Russian planes had bombed Paris, Marseilles, and London. The reports initially caused hysteria in the dorms, although most people soon realized they were fake. The Dean of the University later described it as a "lunatic stunt." The students involved were suspended for a year. [Cornell Archives] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 27 Posted by The Curator on Tue May 27, 2014 May 27, 1959: SINA makes Today Show debut Actor Buck Henry, in character as G. Clifford Prout, president of the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, appeared on NBC's Today Show. As Prout, he urged Americans to promote decency by putting clothes on naked animals. SINA continued its unusual campaign for four years until it was revealed to be a hoax masterminded by Alan Abel. More… Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) Page 5 of 295 pages ‹ First < 3 4 5 6 7 > Last › Member Login/Password? Forum Posts Oh the irony...— Hitler died in Brazil???— Baby with electric hair— July 1st--Because Its Time for a New Thread!— Story of girl getting tossed from KFC hoax— Did your brain shut down a little bit there ladies? — Happy Birthday, Oppiejoe!— Way out there science— Happy Birthday, Hulitoons!— Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground— Subscribe To receive Hoax Museum blog posts by email, enter your email address:via Feedburner Blog Categories Advertising Animals April Fools Day Art Bad Excuses Birth/Babies Body Manipulation Books Business/Finance Celebrations Celebrities Con Artists Conspiracy Theories Crop Circles Cryptozoology Nessie Death eBay Education Email Hoaxes Entertainment Exploration/Travel Extraterrestrial Life Fashion Folklore/Tall Tales Food Free Energy Future/Time Gnomes Gross Hate Crimes/Terror Health/Medicine History Identity/Imposters Journalism Law/Police/Crime Literature/Language Magic Mass Delusion Military Miscellaneous Music Paranormal Pareidolia Photos/Videos Places Politics Pranks Products Pseudoscience Psychology Radio Religion Scams Science Sex/Romance Social Networking Sites Sports Technology This Day in History Urban Legends Videos Websites zzPhoto Archive Large Animals viral images Blog Archive July, 2014 June, 2014 May, 2014 April, 2014 March, 2014 February, 2014 January, 2014 December, 2013 November, 2013 October, 2013 September, 2013 August, 2013 May, 2013 April, 2013 March, 2013 February, 2013 January, 2013 October, 2012 September, 2012 August, 2012 July, 2012 June, 2012 May, 2012 April, 2012 March, 2012 February, 2012 January, 2012 December, 2011 November, 2011 October, 2011 September, 2011 August, 2011 November, 2010 April, 2010 January, 2010 December, 2009 November, 2009 October, 2009 September, 2009 August, 2009 July, 2009 June, 2009 May, 2009 April, 2009 March, 2009 February, 2009 January, 2009 December, 2008 November, 2008 October, 2008 September, 2008 August, 2008 July, 2008 June, 2008 May, 2008 April, 2008 March, 2008 February, 2008 January, 2008 December, 2007 November, 2007 October, 2007 September, 2007 August, 2007 July, 2007 June, 2007 May, 2007 April, 2007 March, 2007 February, 2007 January, 2007 December, 2006 November, 2006 October, 2006 September, 2006 August, 2006 July, 2006 June, 2006 May, 2006 April, 2006 March, 2006 February, 2006 January, 2006 December, 2005 November, 2005 October, 2005 September, 2005 August, 2005 July, 2005 June, 2005 May, 2005 April, 2005 March, 2005 February, 2005 January, 2005 December, 2004 November, 2004 October, 2004 September, 2004 August, 2004 July, 2004 June, 2004 May, 2004 April, 2004 March, 2004 February, 2004 January, 2004 December, 2003 November, 2003 October, 2003 September, 2003 August, 2003 July, 2003 June, 2003 May, 2003 January, 2003 November, 2002 October, 2002 September, 2002 August, 2002 July, 2002 Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966? The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954 BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874 Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817 The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959 Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978 Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920 Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974 Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog Bonsai Kittens, 2000 The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842 Fake Fish Photos Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860 Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953 The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924 Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps? Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898 Site Map Main Page Recent Comments About the Museum Contact Archives Hoax Archive Hoax Photo Archive April Fool Archive Tall-Tale Creatures Forum Old Forum Galleries Top 100 April Fools Hoax Political Candidates Top 10 College Pranks Tests Hoax Photo Tests Gullibility Tests All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.