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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Firediving Image
Status: Photoshopped
A Brazilian ad agency (FCB Brasil) has created some pictures as part of a campaign for a diving magazine, one of which illustrates the firediving urban legend (in which a diver gets scooped up by a helicopter bucket and dumped onto a forest fire). The second picture shows a diver getting shot out of a dam. The tagline is "Read Before Diving." Cute. (via Coolzor)

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Categories: Photos/Videos, Urban Legends
Posted by The Curator on Tue May 30, 2006
Comments (3)
"The Mythbusters" did a show on a related myth. Some of these helicopters hover over the water and suck the water up into the craft using a long hose, then later dump it over the fire. They tried to recreate this, but "Buster" (the crash test dummy used for stunts) wouldn't stay suctioned to the hose after he was pulled from the water. There wasn't a sufficient seal to keep him attached.
Posted by dae dae  on  Wed May 31, 2006  at  01:44 PM
There was an episode of CSI where they thought this had happened. It hadn't though..
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Tue Mar 13, 2007  at  08:30 AM
Oddly enough I actually caught the beginning of that episode, and I don't even watch the show. I kind of spoiled it for my parents by giving it away, but I couldn't stop myself from pointing out it was simply an old urban legend.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Mar 13, 2007  at  10:33 AM
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