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Painted Ponies

In 1965, a Copenhagen newspaper ran an April Fool hoax claiming that the Danish parliament was going to require all black dogs to be painted white, in order to increase road safety by making the dogs more visible at night.

Park Rules (and other fake signs)

Jeff Wysaski's hobby is putting up fake signs at various locations such as stores, museums, or in the street.

Wisconsin Concrete Deer Hoax

If you live in Wisconsin, you DO NOT need to remove the deer statues from your front lawn. They can stay where they are, no matter how tacky your neighbors might think they are.

The $12 Million Message In A Bottle

In 1949, did a California restaurant worker really find a will sealed inside a bottle that bequeathed millions of dollars to him, as the finder of the bottle?

Boyfriend was really a girlfriend

Almost too weird to believe: Gayle Newland says that for two years she thought she was meeting and having sex with her boyfriend, Kye Fortune...

The Poetry of Yi-Fen Chou

Yi-Fen Chou described himself as "a technical writer and part-time antiques dealer in Fort Wayne, Indiana." He was also a poet whose work, since 2009, had been published in a variety of literary journals including Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly.

Bogus Baldness Epidemics

I've recently come across two cases in which the press warned the public about "epidemics of baldness," only to have those epidemics turn out to be much less than was initially reported.

Peterfid Tomcat

While cleaning up after the 1959 Tulare County Art League exhibit in Visalia, California, a group of janitors and maintenance men remarked to each that they could make "modern art" that was just as good.

Did Cleopatra Drink a Pearl Dissolved in Vinegar?

Ancient legend tells of Cleopatra's extravagantly expensive beverage. But modern scholars disagree about whether she ever really drank such a concoction.

The Rhythm of the Trees

The Manchester City Art Gallery received over 1000 entries for its 1993 Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition.

Cheeseburger Oreos

Recently a photo circulated on social media showing Cheeseburger Oreos. No, there is no such flavor. The photo originates from the Wreckless Eating YouTube channel, which features a pair of guys who eat weird combinations of food.

Sponge-Throwing Painters of the Ancient World

An ancient legend described the role of chance in art — a sponge flung in anger at a canvas accidentally produced the exact effect a painter had been striving for.

The Man on Page 602

Was a male model's genitalia really visible in the 1975 Sears Fall/Winter catalog? We add some new evidence to this old debate.

Playing football as fire rages

The image shows a crowd sitting in bleachers calmly watching a football game, apparently unconcerned as a building burns to the ground behind them.

Cat Gives Birth to a Chihuahua

Jia Weinuan, a 74-year-old man who lives in China, claims that his cat has given birth to a Chihuahua.

The Art of Fake News

I have a new book to add to my reading list of hoaxes. It's Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, by A.

Man Catches Fur-Bearing Trout

Wisconsin-resident George Weber says he was fishing in the Menomonee River when he caught this unusual fish.

USS Los Angeles lifts navy ship into the air

The 5 April 1931 issue of the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung contained this spectacular photo: A caption offered this explanation (translated from German): An exciting incident in fleet maneuvers off the California coast: The airship "Los Angeles," blown by a gust of wind, lifts the mothership, to whose mast it is anchored, into the air.

140-year-old Tortoise Wears Son As Hat

A viral image claims to show a 140-year-old tortoise wearing her 5-day-old son as a hat. Is this true or false?

‘Poo in Beards’ Goes Viral

Earlier this month (May 2015) a news story went viral claiming that a scientific study had found some beards contain "more poo than a toilet" (as the Mirror phrased it).