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    The Hitler Diaries




    On April 22, 1983 the German magazine Der Stern announced that it had made the greatest Nazi memorabilia find of all time: a diary kept by Adolf Hitler himself. To top it all, this was not just one thin journal, with the magazine announcing that they had paid 10 million German marks ($6 million at that time) for the sixty small books as well as two "special issues" about Rudolf Hess' flight to the United Kingdom.
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    The secrecy required to keep the story exclusive meant that the historians and handwriting experts were'nt able to properly examine the diaries to confirm their authenticity and only after the article was published that they were revealed to be fakes. It was found out that the diaries were actually written by Konrad Kujau, a notorious Stuttgart forger of Hitler's works. The ensuing scandal resulted in several of the magazine's editors resigning with Kujau sentenced to 42 months in prison.

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    Loch Ness Monster -- The Surgeon's Photo




    There have been many hoaxes associated with the Loch Ness Monster but none more enduring than 'The Surgeon's Photo', submitted to the London Daily Mail by Dr R.Kenneth Wilson in 1934. It wasn't the first sighting of the monster, or even the most convincing, but the photo became an icon in the world of crypt zoology. The hoax was believed to have been orchestrated by photographer Marmaduke Wetherall who supposedly used a toy submarine attached to a wooden neck.
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    The Shroud of Turin




    Debate still rages till today over the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, which is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The image of a man, apparently dead from crucifixion, is most obvious when viewed as a photographic negative. The image was first revealed in 1898 by amateur photographer Secondo Pia who had clicked the picture of the shroud at Turin Cathedral.




    However, scientific examinations indicate that the image was made with tempera paint sometime between 1260 and 1390 A.D. This fits with a bishop's claim at the time, that he had heard an artist confess to the work. Whatever the truth maybe, many consider the Shroud of Turin as a hoax played on an unsuspecting public.

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    Uri Geller's Spoon-Bending




    A psychic entertainer, Uri Geller enjoyed huge success with his mentalism acts during the 1970's, acts based on his alleged ability to bend spoons with his mind. Geller staunchly defended his claim to supernatural powers until hard evidence caught up with him. In a 1982 book by James *****, his tricks were exposed and Geller was caught numerous times on camera manipulating stage props (pre-bending spoons).




    Despite never officially 'outing' himself, Geller has tacitly confessed to the hoax. In 2007 he expressed the following change of heart: 'I'll no longer say that I have supernatural powers. I am an entertainer....My entire character has changed.'

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    The Cottingley Fairies



    The Cottingley Fairies are a series of five photographs taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, two young cousins living in Cottingley, England, depicting the two in various activities with supposed fairies. For fifty years the girls avoided publicity and the hoax continued to be believed by man. In late 1981 and 1982 respectively, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright admitted that the first four pictures were fakes. Both the girls claimed, however, to their deaths that the fifth photo was authentic.




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    King Tut's Curse



    This hoax is from the land of pyramids and mummies. When Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered early in the 20th Century, a curse was found inscribed over the entrance: 'Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the king'. Before long, stories were being told about unnatural deaths of workers on the site. 'King Tut's Curse' eventually found its way into popular culture and set the stage for a whole sub-genre of horror stories and movies.



    However, it seems that King Tut's Curse was nothing but a big hoax when in 1980 the security officer for the original excavation site admitted that stories had been circulated to scare away thieves. Historical records show that most excavation workers went on to lead long and healthy lives.


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    Feejee Mermaid



    The Feejee Mermaid hoax captured the imagination of hundreds when it first came out. It was presented as a mummified body of something, supposedly a creature that was half mammal and half fish. The original exhibit was popularized by circus great P.T. Barnum, but has since been copied many times in other attractions. The Fiji mermaid came into Barnum's possession via his Boston counterpart Moses Kimball, who brought it down to Barnum in late spring of 1842. In reality, the mermaid was a gaff, the work of an Indonesian craftsman using either papier-mâché and materials from exotic fish, or the tail of a fish and a torso of a baby orangutan, stitched together with the head of a monkey
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    Flying Penguins



    In the year 2008, the BBC announced that camera crews filming neart the Atlantic for a natural history series had captured footage of Adelie penguins taking to the air. It even offered a video clip of these flying penguins, which became one of the most viewed videos on the internet. Presenter Terry Jones explained that, instead of huddling together to endure the cold winter, these penguins took to the air and flew thousands of miles to the rainforests of South America where they 'spend the winter basking in the tropical sun.' Later, the hoax was explained when a follow-up video was released explaining how the BBC created the special effects.
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    The War of The Worlds Radio Show



    Perhaps the most famous hoax in entertainment history, a 1938 radio play version of H.G.Wells' War of the Worlds is said to have caused mass hysteria. The show aired on Halloween and narrated by Orson Welles, was presented in the form of a special news bulletin leading many to believe that there was a Martian invasion of earth. The six million people who heard the broadcast overflooded the police stations with distress calls.
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    In one small town in Washington, the broadcast coincided with a freak citywide power failure, leading many to arm themselves with guns and flee to the mountains. Media backlash was huge with CBS radio, promising never to try a similar stunt again.

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    to be continued...
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    Nice share..

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    Quote Originally Posted by complete_man View Post
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