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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
A black lion: real or fake?
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Laramie Kid Hoax
More about the Laramie Kid Hoax. I just received an email from the Long Riders guild alerting me to the great series of articles they have on their website, fully debunking the claims of Frank Hopkins (aka the Laramie Kid). Hopkins claimed to have been one of the great horse riders of all time, including among his accomplishments winning a 3000 mile horse race across Arabia on a mustang called 'Hidalgo.' In October 2003 Disney will be releasing a film based on this supposed event, starring Viggo Mortensen as Hopkins. It is claiming the movie is 'based on the true story of Frank Hopkins.' But as the Long Riders Guild demonstrates, none of Hopkins' claims were true. There's no evidence that he won ANY races at all. It's not clear he even rode horses. Other sources have also been picking up on the Laramie Kid Hoax, including the Billings Gazette (which I linked to previously).
Categories: History
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 01, 2003
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