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BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Blessed Virgin Apparitions in Knock
Visions of the Virgin Mary have been predicted in Knock, Ireland. From the Irish Times:

some 5,000 people gathered [in Knock] in the hope of seeing an apparition of Our Lady, following the prediction by Dubliner Joe Coleman, who describes himself as “a visionary of our Blessed Mother and a spiritual healer under the energy of the Holy Spirit”. A video posted on YouTube of the sun breaking through the clouds at Knock on October 11th, with a voiceover by Coleman, has to date attracted almost 10,500 views.

Meanwhile, skeptics are pointing out, once again, that the original vision of the Virgin Mary in Knock in 1879 was probably a hoax:

Eoghan Harris in the Sunday Independent newspaper says his grandfather, a farmer from near the area, believed like many at the time that it was two local policemen with a magic lantern, a device that was widespread in the 19th century which allowed a small lightbox to project an image on a wall, who did it.
Others have suggested that a returning Irish American brought the magic lantern back, though magic lantern tours of rural Ireland and Britain were common at the time.

The Knock Shrine article on Wikipedia has more background info.
Categories: Religion
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 02, 2009
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