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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
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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