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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Use your left ear to detect lies
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Fake Gospel of St. Mark
A version of the Gospel of St. Mark, once thought to date from the Byzantine era, has now been determined to be a late-19th-century fake. From the Chicago Sun Times:

The manuscript, written in Greek, originally was believed to have been written as early as the 14th century. But strong suspicions that it might not be nearly so old surfaced in 1989, after it was discovered that a blue pigment on one of the pages wasn't available until 1704, Mitchell said.
It took carbon dating, advanced microscope technology and good sleuthing to discover the faker's crafty handiwork.
Through analysis of parchment, ink and paints used in the book, Joseph Barabe, a senior research microscopist at Westmont-based McCrone Associates, determined the book was created after 1874 using materials not available until the late 19th Century.

More support for Jean Hardouin's Theory of Universal Forgery.
Categories: History
Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 16, 2009
Comments (2)
Aren't all the books of the bible fake?
Posted by Mitur Binesderti  in  Right behind you  on  Sat Feb 27, 2010  at  12:13 PM
Religion invented by human beings. So not surprisingly so.
Posted by Philosopher  in  Russia  on  Thu Jun 24, 2010  at  02:34 PM
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