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In Pictures: Famous hoaxes that fooled the world

For over a century, satirical news continues to go viral from time to time. Kipp brings you some of the most famous hoaxes that fooled mankind...

August 30, 2012 2:00 by

  • British farmers Doug Bower and Dave Chorley admitted in 1991 that they had been making the crop circles that led the world to believe that they were designed by supernatural beings.

  • A school transcript indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school.

  • The legend of the Lochness Monster has been around for ages but it was never truly believed until 1934, when a photo supposedly taken by Robert Wilson was published in the Daily Mail. In 1994 Christian Spurling, friend of the family, came forth and admitted the whole image was a fake and submitted merely as a prank.

  • George Bush has an IQ of 91, lowest than any other American president since 1945. Although Kipp can't blame too many people for believing that!

  • Cottingley Fairies became a viral sensation throughout England and other parts of the world when two girls decided to cut pictures of Fairies out of a children's book and mount them on pins. They then photographed them and to their shock and others, many believed them to be real.

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  • Did you know that Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 and was then replaced by an impostor that took his place? Aside from the fact that he has the same face, family, friends, musical talent and vocal chords, the story is quite believable. The spark that initiated this rumour was that he had walked barefooted across the crossing in Abbey Road.


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