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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
A black lion: real or fake?
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Forest Boy Confirmed as a Hoax
Quite a few have suspected "Forest Boy" might be a hoax, ever since he showed up at a youth emergency center in Berlin last year (Sep 5, 2011). He said he had been living in the woods with his father for the past five years.

That story, authorities have now determined, is false. He's actually a 20-year-old man from the Netherlands who went missing a few days before showing up in Berlin. His real name is Robin van Helsum. He was IDed by former classmates after his picture was recently published in the Telegraaf. Links: LaMa's thread in the forum, msnbc, dutchnews.nl

Categories: Identity/Imposters
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 15, 2012
Comments (1)
There is something on this story that doesn't fit the common sense:

1) That smiling boy doesn't look to have personal problems.

2) I doubt that someone who wants to start a new anonymous life, allow police to take pictures of him and search for him on data bases, which would help to identify him.

I even dont think anything of this story, neither he was found on a forest, nor he is really now a 20 yo boy called Robin. Maybe, all this is just a media prank to sell newspapers or increase the visits on some internet site, a viral or the typical early summer serialized soap opera xD.
Posted by Cruent  in  spain  on  Sat Jun 16, 2012  at  11:36 AM
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