The jackalope or lepus cornutus is a fearsome hybrid of a jackrabbit and an antelope. Documented in many medieval scientific texts, the American version (pictured here) is native to Wyoming.
January 01, 1900 Licence
Princess Caraboo - Supposedly hailing from the island of Javasu, she was actually none other than Mary Willcocks, a servant girl from Devon. So curious was her story that Hollywood made the film 'Princess Caraboo' with actress Phoebe...More
January 01, 1994 Licence
The Cottingley Fairies - Photographs taken by young Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths in Cottingley seemingly showed fairies and was taken by some as evidence of their existence. The fairies were cardboard cutouts.
July 01, 1917 Licence
Surgeon's Photograph of the Loch Ness Monster - has been called into question but still taken by some as the best evidence for Nessie lurking under the waters of the Scottish lake.
April 19, 1934 Licence
The Cardiff Giant - the ten foot petrified man drew crowds when first exhibited on a farm in Cardiff, New York. The giant was revealed to be a hoax by George Hull and William Newell.
January 01, 1955 Licence
The Piltdown Skull - Supposedly the 'missing link' from the bones of an early human discovered by Charles Dawson, it was actually made from human, orangutan, and chimpanzee fragments.
December 03, 1953 Licence
Centenaries of Vilcabamba - The claim was that the citizens of the magical town of Vilcabamba all lived past one hundred years. In actuality, one report noted that life expectancy there was no more robust than in other locales, though...More
June 01, 1971 Licence
Psychic healing - Filipino faith healers claim that they can heal and practice surgery without tools, using only their hands to remove tumors and cure disease.
January 15, 1974 Licence
Howard Hughes' biography - Author Clifford Irving submitted a manuscript which was supposedly the autobiography of reclusive businessman Howard Hughes. It was a fake.
January 01, 1972 Licence
Fact Or Fiction - 15 Reported Hoaxes
Actor Richard Gere played Clifford Irving in a film titled 'The Hoax', based on Clifford Irving's book of the same name.
April 01, 2007 Licence
Thatchergate - Punk band Crass created a recording splicing together a phone conversation between Reagan and Thatcher.
October 01, 1981 Licence
The Tasaday tribe - Supposedly a stone age tribe untouched for thousands of years in the rainforests of the Philippines.
Rose Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, except that no other runners recalled seeing her in the race. She was later disqualified though she maintains having run the entire course.
April 21, 1980 Licence
Hitler's Diaries - What was supposedly sixty volumes of journals written by Adolf Hitler was actually a forgery by Konrad Kujau. Here Stern reporter Gerd Heidemann is interviewed about the items.
May 10, 1983 Licence
Journalist Jayson Blair had to resign from the New York Times after incidents of plagiarism and deceptive practices in his reporting surfaced.
May 22, 2003 Licence
Crop Circles - Began by Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, these are still thought by some to be evidence of alien visitation.
August 19, 2009 Licence