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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The worms inside your face
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Dog wins art contest, 1974
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Serial prankster claims to find time machine
Julian Lee Hobbs, aka Rory Emerald, recently placed an ad in the Helena Independent Record claiming to have found H.G. Wells' time machine. The ad became the talk of Helena.

Turns out Emerald is a serial prankster who's done this kind of thing often:

The prankster, which California papers have called “a would be actor,” has placed fictitious ads in the past, including the Roanoke Times, where he allegedly found the diary of a “very famous American” inside an old clock, and in the Miami Harold, where he convinced the entertainment media that he was Elizabeth Taylor’s new beau.

Once, he said, he received a call from Nick Nolte after posting an ad in California suggesting he found an Academy Award in a Beverly Hills park.

Years ago, he said, he even placed an ad in the Missoulian claiming to have found an ancient sarcophagus filled with a mummy and artifacts.
Categories: Future/Time, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 23, 2008
Comments (2)
I heard about this hoax on a Los Angeles radio station. I couldn't stop laughing. "Famed Hollywood Personality & Prankster" Rory Emerald has been hoodwinking the media for years. Finding the original car from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in Iowa City, Iowa was funny too. I wonder if Alex Boese and Rory Emerald are friends?
Posted by Jason Silbersack  in  Los Angeles  on  Fri Jan 25, 2008  at  12:33 AM
Where is Rory Emerald these days? I liked reading about him in the newspaper. He's very funny!
Posted by ♥ Cherilyn ♥  in  Bruxelles  on  Thu Oct 08, 2009  at  11:42 PM
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