The Museum of Hoaxes
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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Vancouver UFO Hoax
On September 3, a small "UFO" was seen hovering outside a Vancouver Canadians baseball game at Nat Bailey Stadium. Turns out it was a fake UFO that was part of a viral marketing scheme to promote Vancouver's H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Footage of the UFO was circulated online by an ad agency. The Space Centre has seen attendance rise by 65 percent in the last week. So apparently the viral campaign worked. [CTV News]



It certainly isn't the first time a planetarium has used a hoax to drum up business. The example that comes to mind is the time back in 1940 when Philadelphia's Franklin Institute created a panic by announcing that the world was going to end the next day. The startling announcement (which pretty much backfired on them because of all the negative publicity) was intended to promote a talk at its planetarium titled "How Will the World End?"
Categories: Extraterrestrial Life
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 11, 2013
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