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The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Fake Fish Photos
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Helix High Hoax
Yesterday (Tuesday) there was a helicopter buzzing around in the sky outside my window for about half an hour. I was speculating what it might be: bank robbery, accident, men in black? No, turns out it was just a local, neighborhood hoax. (I live about 2 blocks from Helix High School in La Mesa, a San Diego suburb):

A report of an armed man at Helix High School that prompted a lockdown on the campus Tuesday was a student hoax, police said.
An investigation by school staff and the La Mesa Police Department determined that the student who reported seeing a man with a gun had fabricated the report, La Mesa police Lt. David Bond said Wednesday.
The school and two neighboring schools were locked down for about an hour while about 15 officers and and a police helicopter searched the campus and surrounding neighborhood.
It is not yet known why the student lied, Bond said.

This is the same school that can boast that, within the past two years, four teachers have been accused of sexual misconduct with students. Let's hear it for the La Mesa educational system!
Categories: Hate Crimes/Terror, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 18, 2008
Comments (5)
I'm thinking the kid made the call figuring that the school would close early and he'd get to go home.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Dec 18, 2008  at  04:18 AM
Not a prank, finals week!
Posted by floormaster squeeze  in  Quinta  on  Thu Dec 18, 2008  at  09:40 AM
I went to Mt. Miguel myself.
Posted by Kevin Kirk  in  Nevada  on  Thu Dec 18, 2008  at  12:37 PM
please...I live in Hillsborough county. Our teachers get caught having sex with students like once a month.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Thu Dec 18, 2008  at  01:24 PM
I got chased by a helicopter once. It was one of the most bizarre experiences I've ever had.

But anyway, we used to have pranks like that at least once every year at my school. They used to tell us all to go into the gym, which didn't seem very helpful to me, because they were usually bomb threats.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Tue Dec 23, 2008  at  07:11 PM
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