The Museum of Hoaxes
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Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Cursed by Allah
Cicada Cash
image The cicadas have returned, and with them the rumor that researchers at Johns Hopkins University will pay up to $1000 for specimens of rare blue-eyed cicadas. Unfortunately, the rumor simply isn't true. In fact, no researcher at Johns Hopkins even studies cicadas, let alone insects, though back in 1947 the university did employ a Biologist, William D. McElroy (who later moved out to UC San Diego), who announced that he would pay kids twenty-five cents for every 100 fireflies they could catch. McElroy was always criticized for this by people who said that he was somehow contributing to the depletion of the firefly population, though I doubt the kids ever made a dent in their numbers. (via David Emery).
Categories: Animals, Science
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 18, 2004
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