The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
The Hoax Museum Blog
Category: History
The Vinland Map
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 03, 2004
The debate about the Vinland Map continues, and Scientific American summarizes the controversy. Everyone agrees that the parchment the map was written on is medieval, but what about the ink? That's the question.
Categories: History Comments (0)
Kensington Runestone
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 12, 2004
The Kensington Runestone, unearthed in Minnesota in 1898 and hailed as evidence of the presence of Norse explorers in ancient America, is off on a grand tour. First stop Sweden.
Categories: History Comments (0)
The Commissar Vanishes
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 12, 2004
The Michigan Relics
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 01, 2004
In October, 1890 James Scotford unearthed some relics while digging postholes for a fence in Montcalm County, Michigan. The relics appeared to demonstrate the prior existence of a Near Eastern culture in ancient America. They were eventually debunked as frauds, though not before attracting a lot of attention and stirring up lots of controversy. Now the relics are on display again. The Michigan Historical Museum has a special exhibit devoted to them titled 'Digging Up Controversy: The Michigan Relics.' Much of the exhibit can be viewed online. Definitely worth checking out.
Categories: History Comments (0)
Vindication for Man Will Never Fly Society
Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 17, 2003
The reenactment of the Wright Brothers' first flight failed. I hate to say it, but the members of the Man Will Never Fly Society, whom I linked to just a few posts below, did predict that would happen.
Manned Flight is a Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Fri Dec 12, 2003
According to the members of the Man Will Never Fly Society, the official account of the Wright Brothers' 1903 first flight, the anniversary of which is coming up on Dec. 17th, is all a hoax. They contend that the plane never flew... and all subsequent manned flights are a hoax also. Never mind that the majority of the members of this society are pilots. Every year they meet and have a boozy celebration to commemmorate the Wright Brothers' non-flight. In fact, alcohol seems to be the main focus of their meetings, because the more they drink the more confident they become in the truth of their position. So it…
Antebellum Island
Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 04, 2003
The Onion has a good parody of the Reality TV genre: Antebellum Island. It's a new 'alternate reality' show, supposedly being aired by CBS, set on an island on which the South won the Civil War. The show's motto is 'Secede, Suppress, Survive.'
Categories: Entertainment, History Comments (0)
Princess Caraboo
Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 03, 2003
BBC Legacies, the BBC's new website for exploring local history, is doing a feature this month on Local Legends, and has put up an article about one of Bristol's local legends, Princess Caraboo (though perhaps legends is the wrong word to describe the Princess, since she was quite real, though not a real Princess). It's a good article, and they were nice enough to link back to the Museum of Hoaxes in a sidebar.
Vinland Map
Posted by The Curator on Wed Nov 26, 2003
According to a new study, the Vinland Map (that map of North America drawn by ancient Vikings) may be genuine.
Categories: History Comments (0)
Hitler Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 18, 2003
Mixing together some content that had been on the site before, with a little stuff from my book, I just created a small gallery of hoaxes involving Adolf Hitler. He was a strange man, and he inspired some strange hoaxes.
Categories: History, Politics Comments (0)
Hi-Brazil
Posted by The Curator on Wed Nov 12, 2003
When I was writing up the book version of The Museum of Hoaxes, there were quite a few hoaxes that, for one reason or another, I had to leave out. I went so far as to write up descriptions of many hoaxes that I later had to cut from the book, in order to keep the book's length manageable. All these discarded hoaxes have been sitting on my hard drive for over a year now, but I've decided to put them all up here on the website. I should have done it sooner, but laziness got in the way. So over the next few weeks I'll be adding these hoaxes to the site. For the first hoax I'm going…
Cardiff Giant
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
At the Farmer's Museum in upstate New York this weekend they're celebrating the Cardiff Giant's 134th birthday with a birthday cake contest. It seems to me they're celebrating his birthday a little early. I thought he was discovered on October 16, 1869. But I'm not one to split hairs over something like that. I just wish I was there.
Categories: History Comments (0)
A Fake at the Smithsonian
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 01, 2003
19th century gold bar on display at the Smithsonian turns out to be a fake.
Categories: History Comments (0)
San Diego Faux History
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Being a San Diegan I appreciated this hoax history of San Diego from the San Diego Hysterical Society.
Categories: History, Places Comments (0)
Happy Birthday, P.T. Barnum!
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 06, 2003
America's greatest showman, Phineas Taylor Barnum, born July 5, 1810, celebrates his 193rd birthday today. Happy Birthday, Barnum! In his autobiography Barnum had this to say about his birthday: My first appearance upon this stage was on the 5th day of July, Anno Domini 1810. Independence Day had gone by, the cannons had ceased to thunder forth their remembrances of our National Anniversary, the smoke had all cleared away, the drums had finished their rattle, and when peace and quiet were restored, I made my debut. This propensity of keeping out of harm's way has always stuck by me. Barnum was responsible for many hoaxes. Among his more famous ones were Joice Heth (billed as the oldest…
Categories: History Comments (0)
Page 6 of 8 pages ‹ First  < 4 5 6 7 8 > 
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.