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The Museum of Hoaxes
The Museum of Hoaxes

The Museum of Hoaxes

by Alex Boese

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Product ID:11307

Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0143029908 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 266

Binding

Paperback

Alex Boese

Author: Alex Boese
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 266
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143029908

Description

This book is a collection of some of the most engaging and remarkable pranks and hoaxes of the last 300 years. The book contains nearly 100 stories of trickery, gullibility and idiocy, described in detail, and a further 150 short anecdotes of strange-but-not-true incidents, phenomena and events.

Step right up and enter The Museum of Hoaxes where you can: Marvel at such curiosities as Bigfoot, the Cardiff Giant and the Jackalope…Wonder at the mystery of crop circles, the impact of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast and Sydney’s bizarre iceberg…See the Cottingsley fairies, the Stone Age Tasaday tribe and Snowball the monster cat with your own eyes…Or learn from famous hoaxers such as Edgar Allan Poe, PT Barnun and Mark Twain.

Would these hoaxes fool you?
Take the Gullibility Test and find out.

Formatted along the lines of the Darwin Awards books, The Museum of Hoaxes is a collection of some of the most engaging and remarkable pranks and hoaxes of the last 300 years. The book contains nearly 100 stories of trickery, gullibility and idiocy, described in detail, and a further 150 short anecdotes of strange-but-not-true incidents, phenomena and events. It also includes short profiles of famous perpetrators and con artists, an examination of the development and evolution of April fool’s Day, and black and white illustrations throughout.

Contents

Acknowledgements

The Gullibility Test (Questions)

Introduction

CHAPTER ONE: BEFORE 1700
Female Popes and Vegetable Lambs

CHAPTER TWO: THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Rabbit Babies and Lying Stones

CHAPTER THREE: 1800-1868
Lunar Bison and Solar Armor

CHAPTER FOUR: 1869-1913
Stone Giants and Antlered Rabbits

CHAPTER FIVE: 1914-1949
New Jersey Martians and Van Gogh’s Ear

CHAPTER SIX: 1950-1976
Naked Animals and Swiss Spaghetti Trees

CHAPTER SEVEN: 1977-1989
Australian Icebergs and Cockroach Pills

CHAPTER EIGHT: 1990-1999
Crop Circles and Cross-Dressing Ken

CHAPTER NINE: AFTER 2000
Bonsai Kittens and Monster Cats

AFTERWORD

THE GULLIBILITY TEST (ANSWERS)

ENDNOTE

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING

HOAXES BY CATEGORY

INDEX OF STORY TITLES

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