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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?

Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Cursed by Allah
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Who is Belle de Jour?
Posted by The Curator on Fri Mar 19, 2004
The Belle de Jour weblog, which records the daily trials and tribulations of a London call girl, began attracting a lot of attention a couple of months ago. It wasn't just the racy, sexy content that got people hooked. It was also the fact that the writing was unusually good. So it wasn't a surprise when the anonymous Belle landed a book deal. But now a new element of controversy has been added to the story. As the London Times writes, "There is growing evidence that Belle may be a fictional character who has never been a prostitute." Dr. Dean Foster, who earlier unmasked the author of Primary Colors, analyzed Belle's writing and concluded that it was very similar to that of 33-year-old...

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