I received this email from Alanna Fraser:
I am a development producer working at KEO Films in London. I'm looking into the possibility of doing a documentary/series on people who have faked world records/cheated/hood-winked people (either Guinness World Records or others). I came across your website when I was looking for info on this subject on the internet, and wondered whether you might be able to help me out with any advice or suggestions? I'd really appreciate any help that you could give me.
I can think of a lot of sports hoaxes (such as Rosie Ruiz
), but no world-record hoaxes are coming to mind except for the Cook-Peary controversy
over who reached the North Pole first (and the likelihood that neither of them ever reached it). Can anyone else think of some world-record hoaxes?
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