Greatest Hoaxes of All Time

There are many spectacular, almost unbelievable happenings that occur on a daily basis. Many times, our brains can’t comprehend what’s going on and we can be thoroughly fooled.

In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, below is a list of the 10 greatest hoaxes of all time. Believers, be prepared to be surprised– skeptics can finally exhale!

  • Loch Ness monster on camera – The Loch Ness monster, also known as Nessie, reputedly inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands and was supposedly captured on camera by Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson in 1934. The image was originally revealed as a fake in 1975.
  • Death of Paul McCartney – In September 1969, American college students claimed in published articles that Paul McCartney of the Beatles had died and was secretly replaced by a look-alike. It was said that you could find clues of this conspiracy in lyrics and artwork of the Beatles. A live interview with Paul later in the year proved he was, in fact, still alive.
  • The ‘Taco Liberty Bell’ – In 1996, Taco Bell bought a full-page ad in 7 major U.S. newspapers announcing that the company had purchased the Liberty Bell to help reduce U.S. debt and had renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell”. Thousands of people protested only to find out that the transaction was a hoax.
  • Spaghetti Trees – On April Fool’s Day in 1957, the BBC show ‘Panorama’ broadcast a fake 3-minute report about a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from ‘spaghetti trees’.
  • The War of the Worlds broadcast – In 1938, a radio show that was dramatizing the novel “The War of the Worlds” initiated a widespread panic as listeners thought the broadcast was an actual newscast of an alien invasion.
  • The ‘Balloon Boy’ – In October 2009, heroic efforts to rescue a young boy who reportedly flew away in his father’s homemade gas balloon could be seen on live television. After a massive rescue effort was underway, it was discovered that the 6-year old had been hiding in his house! The father was charged with filing a false report as he was “in” on the ordeal in an effort to get a reality TV show.
  • The Cardiff Giant – The Cardiff Giant was a 10 foot tall “petrified man” uncovered in October 1869  in Cardiff, NY by workers digging a well. It was found that the giant was created by George Hull, an atheist, after an argument about a Bible passage stating there were once giants who roamed Earth.
  • The Cottingley Fairies – These “fairies” first appeared in a series of photographs taken by 2 young cousins in England. In 1917, writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used them to illustrate an article on fairies and a few people took them as real.
  • The ‘Left-handed Whopper’ – In 1988, Burger King announced the addition of a ‘left-handed’ Whopper to its menu. In an add placed in USA Today, the company claimed the “Left-handed Whopper had been specially designed for the 32-million left-handed Americans.”

Don’t be Fooled. Know Before™.

The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

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