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The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
A Phony Yacht Explosion, and Other New Jersey Emergency Hoaxes
Last Monday, the Coast Guard received a distress call reporting that a yacht had exploded. Twenty-one people were said to be floating in rafts 17 miles off the New Jersey shore, and at least three were believed to be dead. A massive rescue operation was launched. But the Coast Guard soon realized that the call was a hoax.

It turns out that New Jersey has quite a long history of hoax calls to emergency service providers. The New Jersey Star-Ledger has compiled a list of the most memorable examples. It traces all the way back to what is probably the most famous hoax emergency call of all time, the 1938 War of the Worlds 'Panic' Broadcast.

Some might argue that the Panic Broadcast shouldn't be on the list because it wasn't a call to emergency services, and was even identified as fiction. But thousands of people nevertheless thought it was a report of an emergency, so I see their point in including it.

If one were willing to include New York City hoaxes, the 1874 Central Park Zoo Escape could also be included in the list.
Categories: Law/Police/Crime
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 18, 2012
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