April 13, 2014

The Best Hoaxes Ever

The Museum of Hoaxes had me in stitches for at least two hours (with bathroom breaks and such). There's so much to see there, from Bigfoot to UFOs to the time Taco Bell announced they'd purchased the Liberty Bell to help our nation's financial debt. Some are April Fool's Day jokes, others are just...hoaxes.

Here are some of my favorites:

Alabama Changes The Value Of Pi - Instead of 3.1415, Alabama decided in 1998 to change pi to it's "Biblical Value" of just plan 3.

The Left-Handed Whopper - In 1988, Burger King announced it would offer a left-handed Whopper which was just like the regular version except it would have "all condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger."

Clear back in 1933, The Dome Toppled Off Of Wisconsin's State Capitol Building. It's worth following the link just to see the picture.

Cross-dressing Ken Doll - This collector's item was offered at Toys 'R' Us in 1990.

The Autobiography Of Howard Hughes was published in 1971.

In 1933, a Photo Of Hitler As A Baby began circulating around the free world. Baby Hitler "looked positively menacing. Its fat mouth was twisted into a sneer, and it scowled at the camera from dark, squinted eyes. A greasy mop of hair fell over its forehead."

In 2008, the BBC documented The Migration Of Penguins From Antarctica To South America, where they spent time lolling on beaches, soaking up sun, in order to return rested and refreshed to their homeland.

And my favorite, though I've seen it many times: The Great Swiss Spaghetti Harvest of 1957, complete with video.


*Like this? Here's a blog entry about hoax websites.