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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Wimbledon Common Grand Military Review
This day in hoax history. June 19, 1812: The Wimbledon Common Grand Military Review. 20,000 people assembled on Wimbledon Common in England to witness a 'Grand Military Review' that pamphlets had promised would occur. When it became clear that no parade was happening the crowd began to grow restless and set fire to the grass. They weren't appeased when officials explained that no parade had ever been planned. The pamphlets were just the work of some mischievous prankster. The crowd continued to grow ever more violent, so violent that the police were not able to contain them. Eventually a detachment of guards was swiftly dispatched from London with orders to parade up and down on the Common, just to satisfy the wishes of the crowd.
Categories: Military
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 20, 2003
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