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  • Greatest hoax of all time?

    The diary thread got me thinking about hoaxes. Whatís the greatest one of all time?

    The Trojan horse, piltdown man, Olson Wells war of the worlds radio broadcast, the Bigfoot video?

    Any others?
    "Is all that we see or seem
    but a dream within a dream?"

    -Edgar Allan Poe


    "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
    quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

    -Frederick G. Abberline

  • #2
    The moon landings.

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    • #3
      Aggers setting up Boycott to believe his 100th century was not at his home ground of Headingley against Australia but in Faisalabad against a presidents XI.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40781223

      Even if you don't like or understand cricket, it is still hilarious.
      My opinion is all I have to offer here,

      Dave.

      Smilies are canned laughter.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DirectorDave View Post
        Aggers setting up Boycott to believe his 100th century was not at his home ground of Headingley against Australia but in Faisalabad against a presidents XI.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40781223

        Even if you don't like or understand cricket, it is still hilarious.
        I have no idea what you just said
        "Is all that we see or seem
        but a dream within a dream?"

        -Edgar Allan Poe


        "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
        quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

        -Frederick G. Abberline

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Joshua Rogan View Post
          The moon landings.
          Yeah. That was a good one
          "Is all that we see or seem
          but a dream within a dream?"

          -Edgar Allan Poe


          "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
          quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

          -Frederick G. Abberline

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post
            The diary thread got me thinking about hoaxes. Whatís the greatest one of all time?

            The Trojan horse, piltdown man, Olson Wells war of the worlds radio broadcast, the Bigfoot video?

            Any others?
            It's not Orson Welles and his War of the Worlds broadcast. The panic surrounding that broadcast is mostly a myth. If anything the reports of "mass panic" was the hoax.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jason_c View Post
              It's not Orson Welles and his War of the Worlds broadcast. The panic surrounding that broadcast is mostly a myth. If anything the reports of "mass panic" was the hoax.
              Iíve never heard that, please expound.
              "Is all that we see or seem
              but a dream within a dream?"

              -Edgar Allan Poe


              "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
              quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

              -Frederick G. Abberline

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              • #8
                Hans van Meegeren's forgeries of old masters, including Franz Hals and Vermeer, take a bit of beating. During the 1930's and 1940's he fooled nearly all of the so-called 'expert' art critics of the day. Hermann Goering sold over a hundred of his own collection of (genuine) paintings to buy one van Meegeren forgery, a Vermeer if I recall correctly. When van Meegeren was arrested at the end of WW2 and charged with forging Old Masters, many 'experts' still refused to accept that many of his paintings were forgeries, even though he confessed. He was a very good painter in his own right, and some of his genuine original works fetch high prices - the amazing thing is that at least some of his own works have been forged in turn by others. There is a lot on the internet about him and his work.

                Graham
                We are suffering from a plethora of surmise, conjecture and hypothesis. - Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure Of Silver Blaze

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DirectorDave View Post
                  Aggers setting up Boycott to believe his 100th century was not at his home ground of Headingley against Australia but in Faisalabad against a presidents XI.

                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40781223

                  Even if you don't like or understand cricket, it is still hilarious.
                  Cricket fan and Boycott fan.....loved it. How did Aggers keep a straight face? I certainly couldnít have
                  Regards

                  Herlock






                  "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post
                    Iíve never heard that, please expound.
                    Hi Abby,

                    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/h...dcast_did.html
                    Regards

                    Herlock






                    "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DirectorDave View Post
                      Aggers setting up Boycott to believe his 100th century was not at his home ground of Headingley against Australia but in Faisalabad against a presidents XI.

                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40781223

                      Even if you don't like or understand cricket, it is still hilarious.
                      Boycott pretending not to be too bothered, then the relief in his voice when he was told it was a wind up was priceless

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                      • #12
                        Not a hoax, because it wasn't intentional, but still worth mentioning :

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Y2uQn_wvc

                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Goma

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                        • #13
                          I vote for crop circles, because they were intentional hoaxes and weren't made by extraterrestrials.

                          The Moon Landings were NOT a hoax, they really happened.

                          Welles didn't intend to hoax the country with his broadcast, it was just a radio show for Pete's sake!
                          Pat D. https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...rt/reading.gif
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Graham View Post
                            Hans van Meegeren's forgeries of old masters, including Franz Hals and Vermeer, take a bit of beating. During the 1930's and 1940's he fooled nearly all of the so-called 'expert' art critics of the day. Hermann Goering sold over a hundred of his own collection of (genuine) paintings to buy one van Meegeren forgery, a Vermeer if I recall correctly. When van Meegeren was arrested at the end of WW2 and charged with forging Old Masters, many 'experts' still refused to accept that many of his paintings were forgeries, even though he confessed. He was a very good painter in his own right, and some of his genuine original works fetch high prices - the amazing thing is that at least some of his own works have been forged in turn by others. There is a lot on the internet about him and his work.

                            Graham
                            Hello Graham,

                            I read the book "The Man Who Made Vermeers" which is all about van Meegeren. It was very interesting and a good look inside the art world.

                            c.d.

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                            • #15
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                              Christopher T. George
                              Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conference
                              just held in Baltimore, April 7-8, 2018.
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