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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
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The Secret History of the Flying Carpet
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 10, 2004
In late July an essay appeared in the Australian literary journal Meanjin written by Azhar Abidi. It was titled 'The Secret History of the Flying Carpet'. The essay described the discovery of 13th-century Persian scrolls that suggested there was some truth to the old legends of flying carpets. Ancient Persian artisans had apparently discovered a process of boiling fibers in a magnetic clay before weaving them into a carpet. These magnetized fibers then floated above the ground, repelled by the Earth's own magnetism. According to the scrolls, the fledgling flying carpet industry was driven out of existence by horse and camel breeders worried about future competition. This all sounds pretty...

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