A Neglected Anniversary (text)
Reproduced below is the complete text of Henry L. Mencken's article "A Neglected Anniversary," published in the New York Evening Mail on December 28, 1917. The article presented a false history of the bathtub. Details from the article circulated widely and were accepted by many as true. For a complete account of this hoax see: A History of the Bathtub. Mencken revealed the article to be a hoax eight years later in an article in the Chicago Tribune titled "Melancholy Reflections."