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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Electric Kite Hoax
MAJOR HOAX NEWS: Historian Tom Tucker argues in a recent book that Benjamin Franklin's story about flying a kite in a thunderstorm to prove that lightning was a form of electricity was actually a hoax. Franklin never did the experiment. I'm going to order a copy of Tucker's book (which will be released in a week or so) to read the full argument for myself, but if true, then I guess I can add the 'electric kite hoax' to the list of Franklin's other hoaxes.
Categories: History
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 01, 2003
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