The Museum of Hoaxes
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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
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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