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Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Use your left ear to detect lies
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Diepholz Mummy
Last month a 10-year-old German boy found what appeared to be an ancient Egyptian mummy in the attic of his grandmother, who lives in Diepholz. His parents excitedly speculated that it must have belonged to his grandfather, who had traveled throughout North Africa during the 1950s.

There were some artifacts along with the mummy that were quickly dismissed as fakes, and the mummy cloth appeared to be 20th-century fabric. But when the mummy was x-rayed, the head was found to be an actual human skull, which raised hopes that it was perhaps a real mummy.

However, closer examination (unwrapping the mummy) has revealed that the rest of the skeleton is made of plastic. So it's definitely a fake.

The question that remains is why this fake mummy was created. And who created it? Was it intended as a hoax? Or was it some kind of elaborate tourist souvenir? Links: Daily Mail, Spiegel

Categories: History
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 26, 2013
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