- In 18355 newspaper the New York Sun claimed that life on the Moon had been discovered. These discoveries were falsely attributed to a well known astronomer of the time, Sir John Herschel. After successfully aquiring new subscribers to their newspaper, the paper then admitted that the story had been a hoax
- In 1917, two young girlsclaimed to have photographed fairies in Cottingley. Sherlock Holmes creator publicised them as existence of fairies threes years later. It wasn't to the 1980s that the cousins admiteed they had faked them by cutting pictures out of books and using pins to attach them to trees.
- In 1983 German magazine Stern and the Sunday Times payed nearly £4 million for the diaries of Adolf Hitler and had them verified by a history professor. After their unceiling the Germnan national archives declared them fake as the handwriting was wrong and on closer examination they were written on modern paper died using tea!
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