15 Most Bizarre Hoaxes in History

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The Chess Machine

The Chess Machine

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In Europe in 1770, a Turkish man claimed to have a machine that played chess. The machine went on to beat Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon but later a chess master was discovered inside the machine.

Fiji Mermaid

Fiji Mermaid

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Displayed in the Barnum museum was what was claimed to be a mummified mermaid found in Fiji. Later it was found to be the head of a monkey connected to the body of a fish.

Spaghetti Tree

Spaghetti Tree

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In the 50s, the BBC received hundreds of calls after they aired an April Fools segment about harvesting spaghetti trees in Switzerland.

Tasaday Tribe

Tasaday Tribe

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An ex-prime minister of the Philippines claimed that a lost tribe had been found. Later he fled with millions of dollars that had been donated for the tribe’s development.

Dihydrogen Monoxide

Dihydrogen Monoxide

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As not everybody knows that this is water (H2O), many claims are made on the internet that it can be hazard to both humans and the planet.

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