15 Most Bizarre Hoaxes in History

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A hoax is something that is intentionally meant to fool people into believing something that has been made up to be true. During our history there have been many successful hoaxes and although many of them are intended to create the instigator wealth or fame, others seem to serve no purpose.

Here are 15 of the more bizarre hoaxes that have fooled people.

Balloon Boy

Balloon Boy

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In Fort Collins, Colorado, USA in 2009 a couple by the name of Heene, claimed that their son named Falcon who was only 6 years old, had floated away in a balloon.

Millions of people watched as the balloon was followed; only to learn it was a hoax, the boy had been hidden at home.

Birth of a Rabbit

Birth of a Rabbit

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In 1726 in England, Mary Toft managed to convince many people, including some from the scientific community that she had given birth to a rabbit.

Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Protocols of the Elders of Zion

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This was a document that appeared in Russia in 1905 and was a secret Jewish plan to rule the world. Many believe it was one of the reasons for Hitler’s hatred of Jews even though, in 1921, it was proven to be a hoax.

Gold

Gold

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In 1897 in Lubec, Maine, USA Prescott Ford Jernegan and Charles Fisher managed to make thousands of people to believe and invest in a machine they had built, that could obtain gold from sea water.

The machine was a fake and the two fled with hoards of investor’s money.

Cottingley Fairies

Cottingley Fairies

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In 1917, two English girls cut out pictures of fairies and took photos of them. Many people believed them to be proof of fairies until 1983 that the hoax was exposed.

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