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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Use your left ear to detect lies
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Bigfoot Prank
WTVY News reports on a prank that reminded me of the Winsted Wild Man hoax from 1895, although quite a bit less sensational:
A teenager wore an outfit depicting the mythical Bigfoot creature. He then carried a fellow young person on each shoulder.
Alarmed residents called the sheriff's department and several others armed with shotguns headed to where the prank was taking place.
The young people, ranging in age from 18-to-23, were given a warning.
However, sheriff's officials say those involved in any copycat incidents will face reckless endangerment charges.
Categories: Cryptozoology, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Mon Dec 17, 2007
Comments (5)
Is it just me, or does this not seem like a huge overreaction?
Posted by AqueousBoy  on  Mon Dec 17, 2007  at  10:16 AM
The police let them off with a warning? The only crime committed here is the pranksters underestimated the stupidity of the local people. Check out the other Bigfoot story on that media's website:

http://www.wtvynews4.com/home/headlines/12133536.html

"He could have thrown me two-hundred yards back with the others. He was in excess of eight feet tall, and four-foot wide. Just looking at him, you could tell he was very powerful."
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Mon Dec 17, 2007  at  12:36 PM
Who were they supposed to have been recklessly endangering?
Themselves (given the apparently large population of shotgun-wielding meatheads thereabouts)?
Posted by Big Gary  in  Big Thicket, Texas  on  Mon Dec 17, 2007  at  05:36 PM
They would have actually shot someone wearing what was nothing but a questionable halloween costume, a chia pet gone bad? If this whole thing wasn't tongue in cheek, I'm glad I've held off having kids.
Posted by Petrarchian  in  Toronto  on  Mon Dec 17, 2007  at  11:52 PM
Judging by the photo accompanying the article, this is clearly a hoax. Witnesses did NOT see Bigfoot --- they saw Swamp Thing!
Posted by Vincent  on  Tue Dec 18, 2007  at  09:45 AM
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