The Museum of Hoaxes
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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
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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