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Pity he wasn't called Jake.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 29, 2014 - 06:37 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: July 28

Turns out that she's still around, and has had four children over the years, among other accomplishments:

http://www.nndb.com/people/402/000166901/
Posted by John Lewis on Jul 28, 2014 - 01:48 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: July 21

I'm sure famed Hollywood prankster Rory Emerald is behind this!
Posted by Andrew on Jul 27, 2014 - 05:32 AM
From the entry: 100-year-old Time Capsule Letter Hoax

hmmm
Posted by JERIC PANGANIBAN on Jul 27, 2014 - 04:21 AM
From the entry: Is the "Hercules the World's Biggest Dog" photo fake, as everyone has assumed?

Phallic shape... horse marines. Anything longer than it is wide can be taken as "phallic" by a lawyer with a repressedly pædophiliac mind, and often will.

Nestlé have many, many, many faults. Making the Milky Bar in the first place isn't the worst of them by a long shot. But putting a penis on children's candy is Robin Jacobs's fault, not Nestlé's.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 19, 2014 - 06:06 AM
From the entry: Milkybar Pareidolia

still love it even tho its fake very pretty grin
Posted by kristal on Jul 17, 2014 - 02:10 PM
From the entry: Long Exposure Photo of a Tree Struck by Lightning

3 days ago I saw exactly the same phenomenon in my back garden. I went outside at 7.30am and saw these flies (they do look a lot like depictions of fairies) going up and down in rays of the morning sun, which turned them golden. I called my husband to come and have a look because I had never seen any insect like this before. They had very long (about an inch or so) legs and looked exactly like the photos John Hyatt had taken. I did laugh to myself and called them 'fairy flies' the minute I saw them ... their behaviour was fascinating, just going up and down in straight lines. We have a rather back-to-nature pond and surmised that they had all hatched from there. We went outside the following morning and this morning and saw nothing, so it really appeared to be a one off, and I feel quite privileged to have seen them. If you are of a fanciful nature, you might think they were fairies. And why not? Life has lost its magic.
Posted by Andria on Jul 16, 2014 - 10:59 AM
From the entry: The Rossendale Fairies

In the early sixties, Woody Allen had a monologue/joke about someone throwing a Bible at him, but thankfully it was deflected by a bullet in his pocket.
Posted by Kevino Gracia on Jul 16, 2014 - 10:30 AM
From the entry: Bible Didn't Stop Bullets

Surely that spells J600? Maybe even J6008. Definitely not God.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 15, 2014 - 08:29 AM
From the entry: Hair Curl Pareidolia

This also shouldn't be confused with what's been called 'fading (or disappearing) redhead syndrome'; a cascade of loosely connected physiological symptoms and characteristics that can be identified by a child born with red to red-blond hair that turns dark at or around puberty.
Posted by Garaan on Jul 14, 2014 - 11:59 PM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

Even ghosts are taking selfies now! Well, photo-sharing social medias should give special attention to those new potential users wink
Posted by Mrs_Foxx on Jul 13, 2014 - 07:45 AM
From the entry: Selfie taken by a ghost

I recall the triceratops picture going around last year sometime, too. I can't say that it wasn't Jay Branscomb that originated it that time, but it certainly wasn't in relation to Kendall Jones at that time.
Posted by Tah on Jul 12, 2014 - 11:42 AM
From the entry: Spielberg Slaughters A Triceratops

I should add to this that since both parents have to carry the relevant genes to pass the trait on and in only 25% of these cases these genes truely express in a child with read hair and fair skin, the relevant genes survive in the gene pool even if people with red hair would have a reduced chance of survival to reproductive age. So the trait will continue, as people without red hair and fair skin can carry the relevant genes (and the trait pops up when they mate with a second individual without red hair but with the relevant gene trait). Another reason why Dr Moffatt is surprisingly wrong for a geneticist.
Posted by LaMa on Jul 11, 2014 - 04:22 AM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

Indeed, this is nonsense.
First of all: is the larger share of red hair in the northern British Isles the result of selection on red hair because of the environment (climate)? Or is it the result of a founder population effect? i.e. that the founding population initially was small and contained a rare trait (redheads) by chance that got genetically dominant because of this founder effect and the continued genetic isolation of an island.
Second: even if it is climate that selected on redheads, this does not mean that changing climate will make them disappear. First of all, the genes are well-entrenched in the N-British population. Given the significant percentage of the gene pool they represent, they will survive in the gene pool even if no clear positive selection continues to work on them. They will only disappear if some clearly negative selection criterion will start to work on them. Mere climate change will not necessarily do that. For at least some time (if not by definition, as I will argue), redheads will continue to benefit from their increased capability of producing vitamin D compared to non-redheads. Even in a very sunny climate, at 53-54 North latitude the amount of sunlight per day is limited compared to lower latitudes (especially in winter). Someone with fair skin will *always* be in an advantageous position so far North. It is not likely that negative effects will truely matter, certainly as modern people wear clothes, use sunlotion and do not work outside all day. It is unlikely anyway that an increase in skincancer or someting like that will kill off redheads before they can reproduce (and that is what matters), rather than when they are 40. 54 North is not Australia: half of the year the sun is extremely low in the sky and only shines for an extremely short period of the day at this latitude, and climate change will not change that. An increased capability to produce vitamin D will stay advantageous under these conditions.
In other words: the positive selection factor (a better vitamin D production capability) will stay and continue to be beneficial. Negative selection factors appear negligible. Ad to that a potential additional positive selection factor in that positive sexual selection on redheads could be present in the N-British culture, and it is clear that redheads will not disappear.
Posted by LaMa on Jul 11, 2014 - 04:14 AM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

So the locally-born natural redheads and blondes below 50 degrees north latitude I've known are just part of some mass hallucination? We have these inventions around here called "hats" and "buildings" that could possibly help.

Dr. Moffatt is apparent proof that too much sun is bad for you.
Posted by Loyalton on Jul 9, 2014 - 11:28 PM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

I first heard of this on a "ridiculous lawsuits" site that said it was by a West German tourist whose RV microwave was done cooking. The more oddly specific you make your claim, the more people will believe it.
Posted by Bill the Splut on Jul 9, 2014 - 03:01 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: July 9

Did they test ricochets?
Posted by Ironsides on Jul 9, 2014 - 09:01 AM
From the entry: Bible Didn't Stop Bullets

Also... Gruebbersolvik? Really?
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 8, 2014 - 06:52 AM
From the entry: My Lips Are For Blowing

Note, though, that in earlier times books - including bibles - used to be bound in more solid materials than mere cardboard, for those who could (or wanted to, in the case of a bible) afford it, and often reinforced as well; and guns of those days were not nearly as powerful. A story about a musket ball bouncing off a copper stud, or even getting stuck in the leather cover, is rather more believable than one of a handgun bullet being stopped by a modern hardcover.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 8, 2014 - 06:39 AM
From the entry: Bible Didn't Stop Bullets

DNA from a family member? So it's not really Van Gogh's ear, but a part of the family. Like a family earloom, er heirloom?
Posted by Tah on Jul 7, 2014 - 11:15 PM
From the entry: Van Gogh's ear on display

Let's not forget to mention that the woman strikingly resembles Zooey Deschanel.
Posted by Tah on Jul 7, 2014 - 11:10 PM
From the entry: My Lips Are For Blowing

A well-written and informative article.
When I look at it now, it looks pretty shoddy, especially compared to the images I'm making for the New Twisted Vintage.
Museum of Hoaxes looks like a pretty cool site - I'll check it out when I have some time.
Posted by michael mcdonnell on Jul 7, 2014 - 10:06 PM
From the entry: My Lips Are For Blowing

A dead giveaway for typography buffs: the type is set in Arial, which definiitely didn't exist when this record supposedly was made. Furthermore, the setting of the type is awful regardless of font, and at that time typography was still the domain of professionals.
Posted by John on Jul 7, 2014 - 07:40 PM
From the entry: My Lips Are For Blowing

You can't carbon date a bloke. That's not how it works. You could carbon date his corpse and that would tell you the date of his death. So yay...

Posted by Molden on Jul 3, 2014 - 04:15 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

What about the feeding habits of great whites when it comes to seals. I have seen how sharks will bite a seal and let go while waiting for the seal to bleed to death so as to avoid injury which an injured seal is capable of inflicting on a shark.

Is it possible sharks behave the same way in some attacks on humans especially considering we may be unfamiliar prey. I wouldn't be surprised if a shark were to consume us after bleeding to death and bobbing around in the water for a while

Posted by erik on Jul 2, 2014 - 11:34 PM
From the entry: Do sharks dislike the taste of human flesh?

I'm surprised people are even speculating on this. Drop bears are absolutely real, they are the third biggest killer in Australia behind the Huntsmen spider and the Poisonous Possum.

Nobody has ever survived a drop bear attack to live to tell the tale, but campaigners are out there such as Drop Bear Aware, putting up signs and warning tourists of the danger. Let's face facts, why would a drop bear onesie exist if a drop bear didn't: http://www.animalsuits.com.au/shop/drop-bear-onesie/

Case closed, this should be removed from the Museum of Hoaxes and promoted to the Museum of Deadly Killer Animals
Posted by Tom on Jun 30, 2014 - 08:39 PM
From the entry: Drop Bear

I always think the salient point of the Kenneth Arnold sighting is that his description of them as 'flying saucers' applied to the movement of the observed objects, but in subsequent UFO reports the term 'saucer' describes the objects' shape. This suggests to me many UFO reports have been influenced by a misunderstanding of the language of this early report, which lends little weight to their veracity.

However, it should also be noted luminous disk and cigar shaped objects in the sky have been reported since long before Arnold's sighting. Charles Fort records several from the 19th century.
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Jun 24, 2014 - 11:24 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 24

Here's an interesting side note: Martha's story is mentioned in the 1964 book "Empyreal Sea" by Hilton Hotema, along with about 30 other examples of people who reportedly did not eat for long periods of time. Hotema was an alternative health writer who believed that it was possible to derive sustenance from air and sunlight rather than from food. I don't buy his theory, but the case examples make interesting reading.
Posted by Mike on Jun 22, 2014 - 08:17 AM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink

to the neptunian guy,
carbon dating would be the easiest way yes
and to all disbelievers,
it could be a hoax yes, but srsly, birth certificates in early india?
nope.. they should have carbon dated him after his death
Posted by Alex on Jun 17, 2014 - 02:02 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Jodi -- thanks for posting and sharing the info about your grandmother. She was definitely a character!

Was the name of your father Ralph, not Robert? The newspaper accounts from the 30s said 'Robert' but I see that 'Ralph' is listed in the later census info.

Posted by The Curator on Jun 14, 2014 - 07:46 PM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink

This woman IS my paternal grandmother. (This is not a joke, we were randomly web searching info on her, and were greatly surprised when this website popped up!! Imagine how you'd feel seeing grandma on the world wide web!!)I don't want to post too many personal details here...unless there are some legitimate inquiries, vs. poking fun of her mental disorder or credibility...please respect our feelings. The entire story is TRUE. Whether she believed it (which, if you're mentally ill is quite credible) isn't so up for speculation. Where the speculation comes in, is if my grandfather actually believed it...or had other suspect motives to exploit her mental illness. That may remain a mystery. However, the factual information in the article is accurate, except for misidentifying the name of my father incorrectly, who, by the way, at age 92, is still living, and verified the authenticity and veracity of these events. Clearly, the woman DID eat or drink, as she survived (vs. a modern day anorexia, etc.) But not having the benefit of a medical background, I have no clue whether it's a situation where you literally don't remember eating or drinking or sleeping (delusional, cognitive impairment, denial) in spite of competing medical evidence. I don't know how "woo hoo" the responders on this website are, but depending on your religious / philosophical framework, there could be an entirely alternative, "other worldly" explanation getting into areas of demonic possession, and I don't know that to be true, I"m simply throwing it out there. Signed, Martha's Grandaughter
Posted by Jodi on Jun 13, 2014 - 11:53 AM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink

I know of somebody else just like this. 20 years no food or drink or sleep.
(Also hasn't used the toilet)
She won't go public for the same reason.
Posted by sassyangelkiwi on Jun 12, 2014 - 10:35 PM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink

There's a thorough account of the Austin Seven prank, written by two of the pranksters, here:

http://babylon.acad.cai.cam.ac.uk/college/past/legend/index.php
Posted by Beanolini on Jun 11, 2014 - 09:13 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes (and Pranks): June 8

Lawrence M -- Good to know. Thanks for the correction!
Posted by The Curator on Jun 10, 2014 - 06:55 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 5

Just changed the title, for the sake of accuracy!
Posted by The Curator on Jun 10, 2014 - 06:54 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes (and Pranks): June 8

>>In what way was "The Rooftop Austin Seven" a hoax?

I thought to myself, as I posted that, that it wasn't really a hoax. It's a classic prank. And then I thought 'surely no one will call me on that!!!'

Let's just say that I slipped it in there because it seemed like an anniversary worth remembering in the general history of mischief.
Posted by The Curator on Jun 10, 2014 - 06:52 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes (and Pranks): June 8

I always hate it when Im pooping in my shanty and a vicious abbagoochie attacks it. It seems like its the same three every time. One night it was an extended period of time where I was in my shanty because I ate tacos. The wild abbagoochies snuck up on me and beat me with the bucket of poop that he was clenching on to. I woke up in my shanty and was so confused. All of a sudden I was wearing a Mountaineers jersey and was covered in abbagoochie bites. It was the scariest experience of my life!!!!!
Posted by Abbagoochie Hunter on Jun 9, 2014 - 01:13 PM
From the entry: Abbagoochie

Piotr Zak:
The "company spokesman" must have been a time-traveler since the BBC ceased to be a company in 1926.

Also, the "Third Programme" was radio station - not a "show".
Posted by Lawrence M on Jun 8, 2014 - 12:38 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 5

In what way was "The Rooftop Austin Seven" a hoax?
Posted by Lawrence M on Jun 8, 2014 - 12:23 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes (and Pranks): June 8

Where did you find this information and how can I find more? I am researching my family and this crazy lady happens to be my great grandma. Thanks!
Posted by The great granddaughter on Jun 7, 2014 - 12:21 AM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink

It appears to be Coral Blue #3...
Posted by Dana on Jun 6, 2014 - 03:59 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 5

Apple bought Beats...or something like that...
Posted by Seth on Jun 6, 2014 - 03:52 PM
From the entry: Apple's heart rate and blood pressure monitoring headphones

actually the dog is a Neapolitan mastiff,
Posted by marsha boyer on Jun 6, 2014 - 12:57 AM
From the entry: Is the "Hercules the World's Biggest Dog" photo fake, as everyone has assumed?

I would also like to add,Richard Bos you are sadly one of those misinformed people.You believe Cats are 'the greatest danger to wildlife' and are yourself spreading misinformation,I am duty bound to correct your misinformation.The largest threat to Wildlife,In the UK,USA and Globally is Habitat destruction,Caused by mans encroachment into their habitat and thus depriving Wildlife of their fundamental right on this Earth.A place to exist.In the skies of the USA alone more birds are killed by birdstrike ,600 million (Birds hitting windows/Planes/motor vehicles) Than the combined number of all other causes,Cats in the US are estimated to be the cause of approximately 60 million.So next time you decide to speak in public,please make sure of your facts because your last comment made you sound like an imbecile. smile

Posted by KnightCats on Jun 3, 2014 - 04:09 PM
From the entry: Operation Cat Nip Confusion

As with most subject matter on the internet Animal issues are not immune to these kind of sensationalist stories because there are certain individuals who suffer attention deficit disorders who spread these misleading stories,it is the same with the stories of 'liking' Facebook images of children in hospital beds suffering from Cancer or having been beaten,If the image is 'liked' enough,then the message promises Facebook will donate xxxx amount of cash.Or they are spread by people who run Facebook pages and require more 'likes' (More likes a page has =More money they can sell the page for to a commercial organisation,Yes,that is how that company you never heard of now shows in your news feed wink )
Most people legitimately involved in Animal causes will check out the authenticity of stories first and will not circulate misleading or incorrect information,But sadly,most of these images and stories are shared by people who are ignorant of these facts and share them to others because they are shocking,Anyone involved in Animal Welfare can see at a glance what this photo is showing,People who don't,would innocently share it believing this is Animal testing. wink
Posted by KnightCats on Jun 3, 2014 - 03:53 PM
From the entry: Operation Cat Nip Confusion

My first thought was some Anglo-Saxon or Frankish king from an illuminated manuscript (or maybe from the Bayeux Tapestry), but no, it's certainly not Jesus.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jun 3, 2014 - 09:49 AM
From the entry: Rusty AC Jesus

Note on the Donorshow: the founder of the company that made that show had needed a kidney transplant himself, and died when it was rejected after a few years, so these people had (and still have) some strong and not unjustified feelings on this subject.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jun 3, 2014 - 09:46 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 1

Looks more like King Menelaus to me, complete with a metal crown formed from the divots; something Jesus wouldn't have worn.
Posted by Charybdis on Jun 3, 2014 - 08:55 AM
From the entry: Rusty AC Jesus

Sometimes hip replacement involves removing a chunk of the femur, as in my father's case, but even then the hospital is not going to give the patient a chunk of muscle, what most of us call "meat". They leave that in the patient to, you know, move the leg.
Posted by Carl Fink on May 29, 2014 - 06:31 AM
From the entry: Norwegian artist ate his own hip, maybe

Wait, it's true, my great grandfather discovered this piscatorial wonder. It's a rare, nearly extinct breed, the Hicken's Furbearing Trout is from the Artikdannder genus of fish and is found in the arctic lakes north of the 72nd parallel. Its diet consists primarily of ice-worms and fod. Sometimes confused with the more common Alpino-Pelted Trout.

http://www.furbearingtrout.com/
Posted by Jeffrey Hicken on May 27, 2014 - 12:55 PM
From the entry: Fur-Bearing Trout