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The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Zimbabwe Witch Hoax
New Zimbabwe reports that two witches who crash-landed in a suburb of Harare — after flying around in their winnowing baskets, which is the preferred method of transportation of Zimbabwe witches — were not actually witches. It was all an "elaborate hoax." As part of their witch disguise, one of the women had an owl with her — apparently having an owl is a sure sign of being a witch in Zimbabwe — but this owl had been bought "from a man who captured it in a grinding mill building."

The witch hoax was dreamed up by several "self-styled prophets" who talked the women into playing the part. The idea was that the prophets, having shown that they could bring witches out of the sky, would appear powerful and would attract more customers.

The women got the bad end of the deal because they were hauled off to prison. The brother of one of the women said, "What [she] did is embarrassing. She does a lot of other embarrassing things including pretending to be a witch because of the love of money.”
Categories: Paranormal
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 23, 2013
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