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World's Greatest Hoaxes & Frauds !!!

Upside-down Room

Upside-down Room Rudolph Schenk was a rich American who loved to play jokes on people. He would often invite people to visit his luxurious home where he would treat them to a hearty meal and rather too much to drink. The guest would then be invited to stay the night to sleep off the effects of the alcohol. When the quest was sound asleep Schenk had him transferred to a specially-built room. The floor of the room was painted white, like a ceiling, and a chandelier rose up from it. The real ceiling was painted to look like floorboards and furniture was fixed to it. There were no windows in the room but Schenk had a secret spy hole through which he could watch what happened when the quest woke up to find himself in an upside-down room.

A Fortune Down Under

A Fortune Down Under Katherine Riach and her husband, Tom, were absolutely delighted when they received a telephone call to say that they had inherited a fortune in Australia from a rich relative there. Tom decided to give up his job in a brewery in Newcastle, England, and start a new life of luxury down under. It was some time before the Riachs realized that they had no relatives in Australia and that they had been hoaxed.

Cadillac Crash

Cadillac Crash An insurance salesman had been pestering the staff of a local radio station in Chicago, USA, to take out insurance with him. They had managed to put up with his continual calls and visits but when he began to use their telephones for personal calls, they decided they had had enough. While he was using one of the radio station's telephones, one of the staff called him, pretending to be a wealthy tycoon. I m speaking from my new Cadillac,' said the fake businessman. 'I have just bought the car and I want fullycomprehensive insurance immediately.' 'You've got it,' said the excited insurance man. 'You ae covered as from this minute. We can sort out the details later.' At that point, one of the radio engineers switched on a tape recording of a terrifying car crash, and then the phone went dead. The insurance man spent an hour phoning the police and hospitals trying to find out what had happened. He eventually realized that he had been hoaxed by the staff of the radio station and never pestered them again.

The Bare-fronted Hoodwink

The Bare-fronted Hoodwink In the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh there is a strange looking bird. It has a large black head, brown wings and a white breast with a large patch of bright red. The bird was first shown on 1 April, 1975, and the date gives a clue to its origins. It is an April Fool hoax. It was in fact made by willie Sterling, a taxidermist at the museum. He named the bird the bare-fronted hoodwink.'


Skullduggery In 1912, Charles Dawson, an amateur geologist, was searching for specimens in a gravel pit on Piltdown Common in Sussex. He discovered flint tools, fossilized teeth and then parts of a human skull. Later it was estimated that the skull was 500 000 years old. It was a great find for Dawson-but even greater treasures were in store. Later, with his friend Dr Arthur Smith Woodword, he found part of a jaw. As this was unearthed near to the original find it was assumed that it came from the same person. But this could have been no ordinary person; it had the jaw of an ape. And yet the teeth had been ground down not as an ape's but as human teeth are worn away. It seemed that here at last was the proof that Man was descended from ape-like creatures. The skull and the jaw provided evidence of the so-called missing link the link between Man and the apes. The remains were displayed in the Nature History Museum in LOndon and 'Pitdown Man' as the exhibit was known, became famous throughout the world. After a while, Piltdown Man began to arouse suspicion. Evidence arising from other discoveries did not fit in with the ape man. By 1953 there was so much controversy surrounding it that a more detailed examination of the remains was carried out. As a result of this examination, an official announcement was made, on 21 November, 1953 which declared Piltdown Man to be a fraud. It was disclosed that some of the tools found at the site had been aged artifically, and that the jaw of Piltdown Man had actually belonged to an orang-utan. Even the skull was not as old as had first been thought. But one mystery still remains. It has never been proved who devised the fraud or why.

Soldier of Fortune

Soldier of Fortune In 1918, the Metripolitan Museum of Art in New York paid $40 000 for a large statue of an Etruscan warrior. It had been made in the 5th century - or so the museum believed. In 1960, the statue and several othe items purchased over the intervening years were proved to be fakes. They had been made by three Italian sculptors who had managed to earn a great deal of money from the gullible museum authorities.

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