When the respected astronomer announced that gravity’s effects would be briefly suspended, it got everyone’s attention. People who are accustomed to taking action in response to severe thunderstorm warnings, approaching blizzards, or […]
The 1956 Olympic Torch Hoax
The Olympic torch is one of the most recognizable and time-honored symbols in the world. Whenever it appears in a city, it is a time of rejoicing as we honor the international […]
Does Finland Really Exist?
You’ve heard the conspiracy theories about Area 51, that Paul McCartney died in 1967, and that “conspiracy theories” are just a big conspiracy. Did you know that every time you looked at […]
The Day Aliens Invaded Jafr, Jordan
Readers of the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad were startled to read the reports of an alien encounter close to the town of Jafr. According to the news reports, the desert community witnessed the landing […]
Visit the Monument to the Giant Octopus Attack — That Never Happened
Who can forget the tragedy when the passengers of the ferry Cornelius G. Kloff met their watery deaths in the clutches of a giant octopus? You need only gaze upon the horrifying […]
This Place is a Zoo!
Terror swept the streets of New York on November 9, 1874. In the city that never sleeps, where just about anything can happen without causing a New Yorker to turn his head, […]
The (Late) Great Paul McCartney
In 1967 a rumor began circulating that Beatles member Paul McCartney had died and was replaced by a doppelganger. This rumor picked up steam and within two years had become an international […]
Dying is Easy. Comedy is Hard.
Andy Kaufman (1949-1984) was an entertainer known for elaborate pranks and hoaxes. He was so well known for this that when he died in 1984, rumors immediately started that he staged his […]
The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower
Victor Lustig was one of the most successful con men of all time.
Man in the Moon? Maybe… But Two-Legged Beavers?
New York City newspaper The Sun printed a series of six articles in 1835 about the discovery of civilization on the moon. The articles claimed that a British astronomer named John Herschel […]
The Great Spaghetti Tree Harvest of 1957
In 1957 the BBC pulled an April Fools prank, duping hundreds of thousands of individuals into thinking spaghetti was annually harvested from “spaghetti trees” in Switzerland. Watch the video here. Read about […]