hoaxes

  1. EnolaGaia

    Alleged Galileo Documents Proven To Be Fake

    This story concerns an early draft document treasured as an authentic handwritten Galileo letter that is now demonstrated to be a modern forgery. FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/galileo-document-fake
  2. bakelite brain

    The 'Lost TV Signal' (TX Station KLEE ID 'Received' In UK; 1953)

    Can anyone remember if FT ever published a story about a 'lost TV signal' hoax? The story goes that a programme (or test card) from a long-closed TV station re-appeared years later. Thanks.
  3. GNC

    Hoax Deadly Animal Escape Posters

    Was reading in FT 385 about the new phenomenon of hoaxes where posters are put up warning of a deadly animal, like a snake, escaping and telling the public to look out for it. Seems most of these happen on the Continent (like in Germany), but may be happening elsewhere too (like in the UK)...
  4. ramonmercado

    Exeter Woman Claims Time Travel; Solicits Companion (2015 Hoax)

    Any takers? Exeter woman claims to have built time machine in her garage and is searching Gumtree for a travel companion A woman from a village near Exeter has claimed to have built a fully-functioning time machine in her garage – and is now looking for a partner to share the journey with. In...
  5. W

    Monkey From Mars & Other Mars-Related Hoaxes

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  6. Graylien

    German 1950s Alien Photos (Silver Man; Monkey Man; Hoaxes)

    Do you recognise this alien? According to a book I have by Jenny Randles, it's a German April Fool's hoax (ah, those wacky Germans), but it seems that she may have confused the photo with a similar one reproduced near the foot of that webpage. Now, I'm convinced that I've seen the 'monkeyman'...
  7. ramonmercado

    The Great Moon Hoax (1835)

    "D'ya hear about the moon-bison?" How Twain and other writers pulled off elegant pranks against 19th century life science ... From 1835-1880, famous writers including Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe published dozens of hoaxes in American newspapers, many of them about discoveries in zoology...
  8. ramonmercado

    Science Hoaxes (General; Miscellaneous)

    "D'ya hear about the moon-bison?" How Twain and other writers pulled off elegant pranks against 19th century life science By Lynda Walsh [Published 2nd March 2007 03:10 PM GMT] It was September 1880, and the famous American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope was in Arizona, furiously digging...
  9. M

    The Clearwater Monster Hoax (Florida; 1940s)

    Source Link is dead. The MIA article can be accessed at: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2005-04-25-0504220620-story.html I dunno - we go round and round discussing giant penguins here and elsewhere ... And I leave this hanging. Although in my defence it was covered back in the day...
  10. M

    Faking It: The Creation Of Bogus Artefacts

    Thought it worth having a general thread on this. Some more specific threads on potential fakes: Crystal skull: https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/crystal-skulls.394/ King Solomon's treasure: https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/king-solomons-treasure-is-fake.19581/ Jesus'...
  11. D

    The Scarith of Scornello: 17th Century Hoax / Forgery

    This review was in the NEW YORK TIMES, book review section, 16 Jan 2005. You might be able to read an excerpt from the book if you go to www.nytimes.com (You have to register to get in, but its free.) Note: I'm not sure what they mean by "hairball." _________________________________ 'The...
  12. M

    Faking Victimhood To Get Attention / Celebrity / Notoriety

    Although it touches on other topics that come up here: Munchausen Syndrome Missing Persons (who aren't actually missing). It seems like a broader topic that might need its own thread. A report: requires (free) registration...
  13. M

    Aztec Saucer Crash (New Mexico; 1948)

    Cover article for FT181:30-36 and some news: http://www.daily-times.com/artman/publish/article_9513.shtml
  14. M

    Priest Fakes Kidnapping To Go To The Casino

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8569885%255E29677,00.html http://www.sabcnews.com/south_africa/crime1justice/0,2172,73211,00.html
  15. austen27

    The Cardiff Giant

    There is a site about a C19th fake in New York State here: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/NYCOOgiant.html
  16. A

    Preposterous Imposters (Identity Thieves; Fraudsters; Etc.)

    http://www.newzimbabwe.com/pages/salvado.1272.html Quote "The fake El Salvador national football team fled the country Tuesday, three days before their scheduled departure, after they were sensationally exposed as impostors." They still managed a 0-0 tie, now they are off to Houston...
  17. A

    Paul Is Dead (Sixties Hoax)

    It's amazing to think that a hoax deliberately started in the late sixties is still doing the rounds on the Internet. I'm of course referring to the notion that Paul McCartney in fact died in a car crash in 1967, to be replaced by a lookalike whilst a myriad of "clues" were hidden in subsequent...
  18. G

    Hoaxes & Pranks

    Absolutely Hideous and Disturbing "Prank-Gone-Wrong&quo THREE CLEARED OVER 'JOKE' EMAIL TO KNIFE HORROR FATHER "Three workers have been cleared of forgery after sending joke emails about a fake business trip to a rival. The man later had a mental breakdown and stabbed his 12-year-old...
  19. P

    The Bumper Swiss Spaghetti Harvest of 1957

    Does anyone remember a news report from the bbc about spaghetti trees, also on the first of April, it was in the days when spaghetti was considered rather exotic.
  20. H

    Teeny, Tiny, Bite-Size Elephants!? (Thai "Water Elephants")

    Anyone remember this? There was a very not-well-publicized thing a few years back about a collection of miniature, petrified elephants. They could fit in your hand. They have been Xrayed and have bones in them. I find this VERY intriguing, hoax or not, and I want one XD I remember...
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