10 Of The Biggest (Funniest) Hoaxes That People Have Fallen For!
Published: Jun 16, 2015

Everyone loves pulling pranks on others, but these guys took it to a whole other level!

1. Proof of evolution

Source: telegraph.co.uk

In 1912, some remains were found from a gravel pit in Sussex England. They were presented as remains of “early man”. It was revealed 42 years later that this was actually the skull of a man with the lower jaw of an orangutan.

2. Microsoft buys Catholic Church

Source: dailytelegraph.com.au

In 1994, it was revealed that Microsoft was planning to buy the Catholic Church because it was a growing market and combined with Microsoft’s resources they would make religion more fun. This was revealed as a hoax in December 1994.

3. Martian Invasion

Source: openculture.com

In 1938, Orson Wells characterised HG Wells’ book The War of The Worlds on the radio. People were not aware that it was a reading and the broadcast caused mass panic because people actually thought martians were invading earth.

4. Bigfoot

Source: seattletimes.com

In August 2008, Matthew Whitman and Rick Dyer claimed to find Bigfoot’s remains in the Georgia mountains while hiking. The ‘remains’ later turned out to be a rubber suit.

5. Pasta gardens

Source: reddit.com

On April 1957, the BBC news featured a story on a Swiss family that had, allegedly, harvested spaghetti from ‘spaghetti trees’. Yup. That happened.

6. Hitlers private diaries

Source: dailymail.co.uk

In 1983, a German magazine, spent $6millions to purchase 60 small books that were, rumoured to be, the private diaries of Adolf Hitler. They turned out to be fake because the paper used in the diaries were fairly modern.

7. Balloon boy

Source: businessinsider.com

In October 2009, many television channels aired the heroic efforts of people trying to save a boy who flew away in his father’s homemade gas-balloon. It was discovered that the six-year-old child was hiding at home and the father was charged with filing a fake report.

8. The Cottingley Fairies

Source: openculture.com

In 1920, a series of pictures appeared showing two girls playing with fairies. May expert photographers declared the photographs real. It wasn’t until 1970 that the pictures were declared a hoax.

9. The Cardiff giant

Source: en.wikipedia.org

In 1869, a ten foot man was found buried when people were digging in the ground for water. The body discovered was later said to be fake and the ‘prank’ orchestrated by George Hull.

10. The Lochness Monster

Source: livescience.com

In 1994, a man named Christian Spurling confessed that his father-in-law, Marmaduke Wetherall, had staged the picture of the alleged Lochness Monster using a fake monster head attached to an 18-inch long toy submarine.

Woah. That burst quite a few of my bubbles – and others were just… too funny to be true! Gosh!