The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
A black lion: real or fake?
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The worms inside your face
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
California As An Island
image The Philadelphia Print Shop has a great online collection of ancient maps that contain mythical geography. Mythical geography describes "geographic features that appear on the map but not on the earth; cities where none ever were, islands where there are but waves, lakes and rivers where there is dry land, and kingdoms of non-existent kings." (I have some more information about this topic in my Medieval Travel Lies Gallery). My favorite ancient maps in the Print Shop's collection are the ones of California as an island. Of course, it remains to be seen whether these were actually geographic myths, or astute predictions of the future. Being in San Diego, I'd love to be able to hang a map of California as an island in my living room, but since their prices range from $500 all the way up to $7000, that's not going to happen anytime soon. (via J-Walk)
Categories: History, Places
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 04, 2004
Comments (4)
The maps are either legit, or good enough to fool the Library of Congress. See the URL.
Posted by JC  in  PA  on  Wed Aug 04, 2004  at  06:24 PM
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g3291s+mf000074))

Sorry for not posting the link in my comments.
Posted by JC  in  PA  on  Wed Aug 04, 2004  at  06:27 PM
Cool. cool smile
Posted by Shah  in  Singapore  on  Thu Aug 05, 2004  at  01:56 AM
I've got one showing CA as an island -- keep an eye out in college poster shops, or see if Allposters.com happens to have it.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Sun Aug 08, 2004  at  10:41 PM
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