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Conned Jay Anson into writing about the time they spent in a supposedly haunted house. The real (and only) horror at the house occurred prior to Lutz's purchase when Ronald DeFeo Jr. went on a shooting rampage in the house, killing his parents and four siblings.
In the early 1970's he created a fake autobiography of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. He was eventually convicted of fraud. The hoax was reflected in the film “Hoax” with Richard Gere.
October 15, 2009 the world excited about the news of the six year old boy from Colorado, swept away a home-made balloon. His parents had previously participated in a reality show and wanted to become famous again.
He buried on the farm of his brother a carved plaster three-meter giant clutching his stomach, as if at the time of death, it was suffering from pain.
Fooled a generation of spiritualists including Sir Conan Doyle. In 1981 both women revealed that the fairies were nothing more than cardboard cutouts.
In order to make ends, together with a friend he created a fake cupid which they aged in order to make it look ancient. The forgery wasn’t discovered for several years. Michelangelo was allowed to keep his share of the money because the statue was sculpted extremely well.
Claimed to have a corpse in excellent condition. Upon closer examination it was revealed that it was just a rubber gorilla suit.
A mummified body of a creature that was half mammal and half fish. The original exhibit was popularized by circus great P.T. Barnum. It came into his possession via his counterpart Moses Kimball. In reality, it was made using either papier-mâché and materials from exotic fish, or the tail of a fish and a torso of a baby orangutan, stitched together with the head of a monkey.
In 1934 Wilson claimed he filmed the monster accidentally when walking around the loch. It was later determined to be a fake, made by Wilson and his three accomplices.
Allegedly discovered diaries of Adolf Hitler’s. It was later revealed that the diaries were from former Nazis, eager to rehabilitate the image of Hitler.
Suggested “Idaho” as a name for the new state, claiming that it meant “the sun comes from the mountains” in a Native American language. Willing, a known eccentric, admitted that Idaho wasn’t a Native American word at all and claimed that he had simply made it up.
Brodie, supposedly jumped into the water from a height of 42 meters. Subsequently, it became clear that Steve’s pals threw a dummy off the bridge. But the revelation did not prevent Brodie from exploiting his fame as the heroic Brooklyn Bridge diver.
The newspaper published front page articles claiming astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered intelligent life on the moon. He had nothing to do with the stories. The Sun published further instalments until the public guessed they were pretty fishy.
He deftly joined the forty-two-kilometer marathon with less than a kilometer to the end and easily overtook the tired athletes. He found himself in the limelight as the Olympic champion, but officials quickly exposed the hoax.
Forgeries that played a big part in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. The papers supposedly provided evidence that Sadaam Hussein was looking to build weapons of mass destruction.
A 1967 home movie that showed what appeared to be an apelike figure striding away from the camera in a wooded area. The Wallaces admitted that it was Ray's wife, Elna, cavorting in a gorilla suit.
Claim that hidden messages stating that Paul McCartney was dead could be heard when certain Beatles songs were played backwards. A legend arose that McCartney had died in a car accident and had been replaced by a look-alike.
In 1813, thousands of New Yorkers paid a dollar each to gaze upon the invention. A belt-drive was discovered linking the machine to an old man turning a handle in the room next door.
In 1985 Sports Illustrated reported about a player almost 2 times faster than other player and never misses. He was supposedly under the guidance of the great Tibetan lamas Milaraspa. Many believed the story even though the article was joke contrived by Plimpton.
Persisted for 40 years, it consisted of fragments of a skull and jawbone that were thought to be the fossilized remains of an unknown form of early human - the missing link.
Plantard created the whole organization in an attempt to prove that he was related to the Merovingian bloodline. Used by Dan Brown in the DaVinci Code.
A sensational video with the alleged autopsy of an alien from Roswell, NM.
The Canadian comedian and broadcaster claimed to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy. In the conversation hints were provided several times that the call was a hoax.
Published an ad for a new “Left-Handed Whopper”, specially designed for left-handed eaters. It was said the new burger had the same composition as the original Whopper, but all the ingredients were rotated 180 degrees.
A harmless April Fool's Day gag the BBC screened showing women in Switzerland harvesting long strands of pasta before laying these out in the sun to dry.
Claimed to have discovered a Stone Age tribe living on the island of Mindanao. When President Marcos was toppled in 1986, 'tribesmen' were found living in houses and wearing normal clothes. By then the minister in question had fled with millions of dollars donated to help protect these so-called ancient people.
Supposedly fully functional automaton that could play chess and win against any human opponent. Several great minds tried to figure out how the machine worked, including Benjamin Franklin. In reality a man who manipulated the chess pieces was stowed inside the contraption.
A radio program that aired on Oct. 30, 1938, caused panic among millions. The radio play was made in the form of a report about the real invasion of Martians. People fought hysterically, jumped out of windows, and some claimed they witnessed the Martians, and only narrowly escaped death.
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