The Museum of Hoaxes
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Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Giant Skeleton Unearthed
image A remarkable photograph reveals archaeologists unearthing a massive (and when I say massive, I mean massive... we're talking a 50-foot behemoth here) skeleton at a site in Saudi Arabia. Of course, the Saudi military is keeping this all very hush, hush. The public couldn't handle knowing about such a remarkable discovery. If you get your news from The New Nation, 'Bangladesh's Independent News Source,' you might think this was an actual piece of news. But of course, it's totally false. The picture comes from a Worth1000 photoshop contest. The original, undoctored source of the image was a Cornell-sponsored dig of a mastodon in New York. Somehow the picture escaped into the alternative reality of email, accompanied by a bogus caption claiming that the picture was taken in Saudi Arabia, etc., etc. Apparently The New Nation received this email (forwarded to them from an anti-Muslim group that takes it upon itself to hoax Muslim papers) and fell for it hook, line, and sinker. The historically minded will note the long-standing popularity of Giant hoaxes, going all the way back to the 18th century where we find Commodore Byron's tales of Patagonian Giants, or the amazing popularity of giants, such as the Cardiff Giant, in the 19th century. (via Liquito and Apothecary's Drawer)
Categories: History, Photos/Videos, Science
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 13, 2004
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