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The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Roving Ovines Return
image Three and a half years ago Larry and Sean disappeared from their home in Norfolk. Larry and Sean were ornamental sheep. Plywood cutouts covered with a woolly coat. About a week ago they reappeared, much to the delight of their owner, and they brought back with them a letter marked 'Larry and Sean's Holiday Photos,' showing the adventures they had in India. Turns out that Larry and Sean had been sheep-napped by a local man, Joe Claydon, who saw them one night while stumbling home from a late-night party and decided to make off with them. Years later Claydon felt guilty and took the sheep on an Indian holiday before returning them to their rightful owner. A small gallery of their vacation photos can be seen here. I think this prank (sending ornamental garden figures, usually gnomes, on foreign vacations) has become quite popular after it was featured in the movie Amelie. It was also the theme of a Travelocity ad campaign.
Categories: Exploration/Travel, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 22, 2004
Comments (3)
As a side note...those pictures of the sheep don't look real. I seriously think they're a fake. I have been to a theme park where you can set your camera up on a certain level, and if you stand on X mark, where begind you is a fake background...it looks like you're getting your picture taken at the Eiffel tower or in New York. It's not the same as the back-drop scenes, I know the one I did was a city-scene on 2 wooden posts, set about 15 ft behind me. I set my camera on timer, stood on the X, & when I got my pictures developed it looked as if I had my picture taken with the skyline of New York behind me. You could see the sidewalks & people all around me, as they actually were when I took the picture. And the sky was the same. I don't really know how to explain it. I wish I still had the picture...And the rest of the pictures are taken in such a way that there's no distinguishing surroundings.

England is an island...it's bound to have beaches. That Nativity scene could be anywhere! Something about the camel's picture just doesn't seem real, same thing with the pictures of the backpackers...the background just seems so in-focus for a busy street.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Nov 23, 2004  at  02:47 PM
I just want to say that all the photos are real and I know as my ex girlfriend and I took them..... or by my parents... and I didn't feel guilty about them thats not the reason why I took them back.... the plan was the same from the begining.... to take them all over the world and take photos of Larry and Sean in exciting places..... I only got as far as Ireland(The photos didn't come out very good as it was always raining) and India.... and it was really hard traveling with two plywood cut out sheep on the back of your backpacks while bording trains as the doors were not wide enough to get through.... and as its in India the train doesn't always fully stop when ariving at stations and you would have to jump on..... but it was a laugh and we had lots of fun and many strange looks from other travelers...... if you don't believe me then you can ask my friends on myspace.... this is my myspace address http://www.myspace.com/josecuervojoe
Posted by Joe Claydon  in  England  on  Tue May 29, 2007  at  04:13 PM
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