Top 10 Most Famous Hoaxes In History

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Either for publicity or fun, people have perpetrated hoaxes since the dawn of man. While a hoax in itself isn’t such a tremendous wrongdoing, when large groups of people start believing it there’s a problem. Such is the case with the hoaxes we will soon talk about, jokes that for some reason or another have gone a bit too far.

These hoaxes have influenced the lives of millions around the world, people who believed them to be true with all their heart. As such, some of these hoaxes have had negative influences on those who believed them, along with millions of other who were affected by the aftershock of the events they unravelled. Long story short, here are the ten most famous hoaxes in history that people should know about.

9The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

This particular text references a massive Jewish and Masonic plot to take over the world through media and finance, thus replacing the traditional social order with a new world order based on mass manipulation. Although the text was proven fake time and time again, it is still being used by antisemitic groups for anti-Jewish propaganda. The reason why people believe the text in the first place is because many of the things referenced within its pages have surprisingly come true.

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