Category: Hoaxes

Feejee Mermaid – Hoax?

Another famous hoax! – This time a mermaid The Feejee Mermaid was presented as a mummified body of something, supposedly a creature that was half mammal and half fish (like a grotesque version of normal mermaid stories).  The original exhibit…
Famous Hoaxes – The Turk chess machine

The Turk The Turk was a fake chess-playing machine constructed in 1770. The elaborate machine was designed to look like a Turkish-dressed robot that could defeat even the best human chess players. The Turk toured the world for nearly 84…
Famous hoax or real? – Alien Autopsy

Alien autopsy In the 1990s, a short film surfaced that purported to be real footage of an alien autopsy performed on an extraterrestrial being that crash landed in Roswell, N.M., in 1947. The film was sold to television networks and…
Famous Hoaxes – Clever Hans

The horse that could add and read!   Clever Hans was a remarkable horse capable of complex intellectual tasks such as arithmetic, reading, spelling, telling time and even understanding the German language — or at least he had everyone believing…
Hoaxes – The Piltdown Man

“Piltdown Man” might be the most famous scientific hoax of all time. This skull, which was originally “found” by collector Charles Dawson, fooled most of the world’s paleontologists into believing it represented a key missing link on the ape-human evolutionary…
Hoaxes – The Great Loveland Potato Hoax

Rick Padden of Loveland, Colorado has written a play about a famous hoax from his own town: The Great Loveland Potato Hoax. It’ll be on stage at Loveland’s Rialto Theater. The Loveland Potato Hoax took place in 1895. It involved…
Hoaxes – The Giant Egg

On April 13, 1986, at 5:15 AM, Douglas Arling of Warwick, Rhode Island went out to the chicken coop in his yard and checked on his 9-year-old Araconda chicken. To his astonishment, he found she had laid a massive egg…