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The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The worms inside your face
The Great Pingpong Hoax of 1974
The Akron Beacon Journal tells the story of the Great University of Akron pingpong hoax:

Local history: Fake pingpong team pulls off hoax at University of Akron in 1970s
ohio.com

The University of Akron table-tennis team created a national sensation in the 1970s by compiling a winning record without playing a single game. Submitting articles about a pingpong team that didn't exist, UA students pulled off an outrageous hoax against the Buchtelite newspaper... The writers peppered their stories with details about flagrant fouls and trying conditions: A foe threw ice chips on a table, a player hurt his knee, a coach got kicked out after protesting a referee's call, rowdy fans interrupted a game... The Zips' crowning triumph was at the fictional Northwestern Open Table Tennis Tournament in Evanston, Ill., where UA defeated Ohio University and Notre Dame while a TV crew supposedly filmed the event for ABC's Wide World of Sports. The Buch­telite published a 41-inch article about the title — and it overshadowed March Madness... Stein, Nelson and Sekerak took a team photo with their "championship trophy" — actually a bowling trophy turned sideways to disguise its purpose. They borrowed it from ABC Trophy off Case Avenue.

Categories: Sports
Posted by The Curator on Tue Apr 10, 2012
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