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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Fake WWI Spy Trees
An unusual example of military deception!

The Army's special branch: How bizarre fake spy trees appeared in no-man's land during WWI (and killed hundreds of soldiers)
Daily Mail

Artists in the Royal Engineers were tasked with meticulously selecting a real tree on the battlefield by measuring and photographing it extensively. The ideal tree was dead and often it was bomb blasted. The photographs and sketches were then sent to a workshop where artists constructed an artificial tree of hollow steel cylinders. It contained an internal scaffolding for reinforcement, to allow a sniper or observer to ascend within the structure. Then, under the cover of night, the team cut down the authentic tree and dug a hole in the place of its roots, in which they placed the O.P. Tree. When the sun rose over the battlefield, what looked like a tree was a tree no longer. Instead, it was an enemy lookout tower.


Categories: Military
Posted by The Curator on Thu Feb 07, 2013
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