The Museum of Hoaxes
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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The worms inside your face
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Hoaxing of Margaret Mead
Thanks to Derek Freeman's work, a lot of people know that the anthropologist Margaret Mead was hoaxed into believing that young Samoan girls were far more sexually active than they actually were. But Mead made influential claims about other cultures as well, about which she apparently was just as wrong, according to this article in Front Page Magazine. For instance, she claimed that the Mountain Arapesh, a tribe of New Guinea yam gardeners, had no knowledge of the concept of war. Not quite. Other researchers later found that about half the adult male Arapesh had killed people in battle.
Categories: Science
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
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