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World's Greatest Hoaxes & Frauds !!!

Washing the White Lions

Washing the White Lions On 1 April, 1860, several people in London received invitations to the Tower of London. They were asked to gather at the White Gate to witness the annual ceremony of washing the white lions. There was confusion when the guests reached the Tower. The gate proved to be as non-existent as the event.

On The Wrong Side

On The Wrong Side An April Fool item on Paris radio once caused traffic chaos in the French captial. It was announced that from 1 April all Europe would drive on the left. The result was absolute pandemonium: drivers who had heard the broadcast drove on the left of the road, while those who had not listened in stayed on the right.

Magnetic Money

Magnetic Money An American con-man once fiddled a great deal of money from a bank, by means of a surprisingly simple trick. He opened an account at the bank and was given a supply of paying-in slips. These were printed with his account number in magnetic ink. Knowing that the computer picked up magnetic ink and not ordinary ink, the man simply went to the bank, removed the loose slips left on the counter for the use of customers, and substituted the slips bearing his account number. No matter what account number was written on the slip, the computer picked up his number printed in magnetic ink. After three days the con-man closed his account and got away with $100 000!

George Washington's Nurse

George Washington's Nurse In 1835, P T Barnum made a great deal of money by exhibiting an old lady called Joice Heth. She was said to be 161 years old and had been the nurse to George Washington, the first President of America. In 1836, Joice Heth died and it was revealed that she was in fact about 80 years old. The public complained it had been duped but Barnum insisted that he had hired the old lady believing her story to be true. A case of the hoaxer being hoaxed?

The Cardiff Giant

The Cardiff Giant Stubby Newell had hired two men to dig a well at his farm near Cardiff, New York, USA. They were rather surprised when they hit something solid about 1 metre (3 feet) underground. They cleared away the earth and to their amazement discovered the fossilized body of a giant man. News soon got around about the incredible find and so many people wanted to see it that Stubby erected a tent over the site and charged visitors 50 cents to look at the giant. Some maintained that it was an ancient statue but others believed it to be the fossil remains of a giant human. Eventually, the Cardiff Giant was exhibited in the nearby town of Syracuse. Then the great showman, P T Barnum, never one to miss out on a money-making idea, commissioned some sculptors to carve a similar giant for his show. He called it 'The Original Cardiff Giant'. Both giants continued to draw the crowds. Barnum's giant was a fake - but what of the man found in Stubby Newell's field? Well, as was later discovered, that was a fake as well. It had been commissioned a year and a half previously by George Hull, Stubby's cousin. Hull got the idea after hearing a preacher talk about the giants mentioned in Genesis in the Old Teatament. The giant had been stained with sulphuric acid to make it look old and buried for a year to ad the finishing touches.

Multiple Monas

Multiple Monas On 21 August, 1911, one of the world's most famous paintings, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. In the following six months at least six wealthy Americans bought what they thought to be the genuine Mona Lisa. But they were all fakes, painted by master forger, Yves Chaudron. But the frauds did not make Chaudron any wealthier. All the money he made was stolen by one of his accomplices.

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