The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The worms inside your face
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Shuttle Columbia Explosion Photos
When the space shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, no cameras recorded the event. But online, a dramatic series of images of a space shuttle exploding began to circulate. They were said to have been taken "from an Israeli satellite in space."

The pictures were actually screenshots from the opening scene of the Touchstone Pictures movie Armageddon (1998). In the movie the space shuttle Atlantis is struck by meteorite fragments. An unknown hoaxer lifted these images from a DVD of the movie, added the phony caption, and set the pictures loose on the web.














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