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The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Dragon Hoax Was a Hoax
image Back in January I posted an entry about what I called the Almost Great Dragon Hoax. It described a tiny dragon that had been found in a jar of formaldehyde in a garage in Oxfordshire. Supposedly the dragon had been created in the nineteenth century by German scientists trying to hoax their British counterparts, but the joke had been spotted by the British and placed in the trash... only to be recovered from there and end up years later in the Oxfordshire garage. Now it turns out that the dragon is actually of a much more modern origin. BBC News is reporting that author Allistair Mitchell created the story about the dragon as a publicity stunt in order to convince a publisher to publish his book, Unearthly History. It worked, because he just signed a deal with Waterstone. The dragon itself was built by Crawley Creatures, professional model makers. (Thanks to everyone who sent me links about this story).
Categories: Advertising, Science
Posted by The Curator on Mon Mar 29, 2004
Comments (1)
"in order to convince a publisher to publish his book"

Not exactly. The book is self-published, and the stunt was to persuade Waterstone's bookshop chain to stock and promote it (normally major bookshops aren't very interested in books in that category). Ref: Publishing News.
Posted by Ray Girvan  in  Devon, UK  on  Sun Apr 04, 2004  at  12:02 AM
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