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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Krkonose Mountains Nuked
Sunday morning viewers of a Czech public television channel saw an unexpected sight during the broadcast of the weather. The screen was showing a panning scenic shot of the Krkonose Mountains in Bohemia, as the announcer delivered the weather report. Suddenly a large mushroom cloud appeared in the distance.

Luckily the Krkonose Mountains hadn't been nuked. The scene was the work of a Czech art group calling itself ZTOHOVEN. They had managed to hack into one of the station's camera feeds, and replace the incoming video with their own content.

Czech TV isn't very happy about the prank. They're filing criminal charges against the group.

Some other pranks that ZTOHOVEN is known for:
One of their number, artist Roman Tyc made headlines in April by unscrewing pedestrian traffic lights and replacing the standing and walking men with figures lying down, peeing or drinking.
And:
Its members also changed into a question mark the red neon heart by Jiri David that was installed at Prague Castle during the last days of Vaclav Havel's tenure as Czech president.
In 2003 they covered 800 advertising showcases in Prague's underground with white posters featuring a large black question mark and a reference to their internet pages.
You can see their latest handiwork on YouTube:

Categories: Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 19, 2007
Comments (4)
Got any pics of the ped traffic lights? Sound amusing.
Posted by Christopher  in  Jolplin, Missouri  on  Wed Jun 20, 2007  at  08:54 AM
...and as for the bomb? Absolutely NO devastation, damage, or destruction at all after the glare from the blast clears. If it was ME viewing in live, I'd of thought more like a refinery explosion, NOT a nuke!

Criminal charges? Damn, a little harsh I'd say... Government ought to go after the station for having lax security and thereby ALLOWING this sort of thing to happen!
Posted by Christopher  in  Joplin, Missouri  on  Wed Jun 20, 2007  at  09:03 AM
I'm not even going to load up that video! Who wants to see naked mountains and shame on the MOH for showing naked anything... what's the site coming to!
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri Jun 22, 2007  at  03:24 PM
ah, jeez... I'm sorry, I did it again... I read the word "nUked" as "naKed". I feel like such a twit. Go ahead and nuke 'em, just don't leave any naked parts. Whew
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri Jun 22, 2007  at  03:26 PM
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