Top 10 Most Famous Hoaxes In History


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.

8Loch Ness Monster – The Surgeon’s Photo

This iconic picture surfaced in 1934 and was supposed to prove the existence of a giant creature living in the waters of Loch Ness. The famous picture, made by a man named Robert Kenneth Wilson, was considered by many to be proof enough that a monster was dwelling in the lake. Unfortunately for them, the picture was later proven to be a hoax after careful analysis of the picture revealed that the object being photographed was just two or three feet long and it was apparently being pulled by a string of sorts at the time the picture was taken.