The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
Hoaxes Throughout History
Middle AgesEarly Modern1700s1800-1840s1850-1890s
1900s1910s1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s21st Century2014
The Buxton Mermaid
An old mermaid was recently found, stored in the archives of the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, and a research team from the University of Lincoln decided to examine it. So far they've discovered that its hair is human, its upper body is constructed of wood and wire, its teeth are carved bone, and its eyes are mollusc shell. Future tests will determine what fish its tail came from. (link: BBC News)

At first I thought it looked like the Bloomsbury Mermaid (pictured below). But no, they're definitely different mermaids. Though similar in design. (Thanks, Hudson!)

Posted by The Curator on Thu Feb 16, 2012

Tie me to the mast. I can't resist their beauty. smile
Posted by Paul Taylor  in  Peterborough, UK  on  Thu Feb 16, 2012  at  11:40 AM
Those may be some of the least-convincing mermaids I've ever seen.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Thu Feb 16, 2012  at  03:08 PM
Have you seen this? I can't get onto this site at work.

This skeleton - of what looks like a mermaid - was discovered two weeks ago in the Egyptian desert near Fayoum...

Posted by Mr R  on  Fri Feb 17, 2012  at  03:19 AM
I swear, I read "Buxom Mermaid" first....
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Sat Feb 18, 2012  at  02:49 AM
So did I LaMa...
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Mon Feb 20, 2012  at  04:31 AM
Thanks for the nightmares, Alex. :D
The lower one looks quite convincing actually. I might have to try and create some ''artists impressions'' of what they looked like when alive...would be a fun challenge.
Posted by Cliodna  in  Estonia  on  Mon Feb 27, 2012  at  06:23 AM
Commenting is no longer available in this channel entry.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.