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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The worms inside your face
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
British Miracle Babies
Birth hoaxes are always the weirdest. A religious guru in Britain, 'Archbishop Gilbert Deya,' has been convincing his female followers that they've been impregnated by Jesus. He then helps them to give birth to these 'holy ghost babies'. The catch is that the women aren't actually pregnant, though they now have a child on their hands. I've researched hoaxes a long time, but still it's hard for me to fathom how someone could be so gullible that they would believe they're pregnant (when they're not), and that they've given birth (when they haven't). The mind boggles. He's assisted one 56-year-old lady 'give birth' thirteen times in the past three years!!! You have to wonder what planet this lady is living on. British authorities suspect that the 'Archbisop' is involved in some kind of illegal baby trafficking trade.
Categories: Birth/Babies
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 13, 2004
Comments (3)
confused Hi there, sorry for the late response - just found (and bookmarked) the site.
The miracle babies case has been floating around the papers for about 4 months but I've been aware of it for about 3 years as someone I am close to is caught up in the whole affair (although she is not pregnant!).

I see no reason to believe that the women actually believe they are pregnant - at least in most cases they are willing partners to the scam. The point of the exercise is to raisde Gilbert Deya's profile - and get him loads of dosh! In addition the women receive large sums of money from 'godparents' in Britain, which must ease the 'pain' of taking on someone else's baby.
Posted by BJ  on  Fri Oct 29, 2004  at  05:51 AM
I can see how this is happening. Many Africna prechers are preying on the desperate and vulnerable population, to convince them that they have 'special powers to perform miracles'. One such preacher has been sent to jail.

The sooner people strt realising that life is hard and accept it, the better.
Posted by Nkonye Oyewusi  in  London  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  09:12 AM
I forgot to add the link to this hoax preacher in jail. Mind control, anyone?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/3690439.stm
Posted by Nkonye Oyewusi  in  London  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  09:20 AM
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