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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
85-year-old Woman To Climb Everest
Status: Hoax (mockumentary)
image Mary Woodbridge, from Greenfield, Great Britain, plans to climb Mount Everest, and she's taking her dachsund, Daisy, with her. Some might think her age will prove an obstacle (she's 85), but Mary is very confident in herself and has set herself some real challenges. She writes:

I'm not really into this whole camping thing. So Daisy and I will choose a direct route from the Base Camp to the Top... We have decided to go without Sherpas. Poor guys! I can certainly carry my own food (I have prepared a solid Irish Stew and Power Crunchies!) and the few cans of dog food for Daisy. Since we are training very hard, we don't expect to need additional oxygen on our ascent. (There are no oxygen masks for Daisy anyway!)

Yes, Mary's Everest expedition is just a joke. Her site was created by Mammut, a seller of mountain sports gear. However, reports that a 74-year-old Japanese woman really is planning to climb Everest. And they swear it's not a hoax.
Categories: Sports, Websites
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 08, 2006
Comments (1)
Climbing Everest has actually become rather routine now, so this hoax isn't really as outlandish as it sounds at first. People have climbed Mt. Everest without oxygen tanks, people have climbed it all alone, someone who was blind has climbed it, a 15-year-old kid and a 70-year-old man have climbed it, a man with only one foot has climbed it. . .there have even been people climb it to get married on the summit. It's all very commercialised and touristy now. These days, there's not really any reason why anybody can't get to the top, as long as they're well-prepared and can find somebody willing to help drag them and their equipment along.

That's not to say that it's not still dangerous, of course. For about every ten people who have made it to the top, somebody hasn't ever made it back down to the bottom again. But there have been something like several thousand people climb it by now.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Wed Mar 08, 2006  at  01:16 AM
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