By Kirsty Fraser
The Loch Ness Monster
Taken by a surgeon named Robert Wilson, the photo that seemingly captured Nessie turned out to be nothing more than a submarine with a fake ‘head’ and ‘neck’ attached. The truth about the photo wasn’t uncovered until some 60 years later, when Wilson’s apprentice admitted to the prank whilst lying on his death bed. The photo may be a fake but Nessie is still real right?
In 1995, a film producer called Ray Santilli caused a video frenzy, long before the days of You-Tube. by seemingly finding footage of an alien autopsy from the Roswell crash. It was all the evidence many needed to prove that those little green men had in fact landed on Earth and were being kept hidden by the Government. It was just a shame that the whole thing was debunked not long after. Santalli was the real winner though, and made a nice little profit from the 2006 film made about the hoax and starring Ant and Dec.
The Cottingley Fairies
When little girls Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths decided to cut out the fairies from their children’s book and take some snaps with them, little did they know the sensation it would cause. In total the girls took five photos, but it wasn’t until Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got his hands on them and declared them authentic that a real media storm began. 66 years later – in 1983 – both women confessed that the photos had in fact been an elaborate hoax. Well, they admitted four had been phony – one of the women remained adamant that one of the photos was genuine.
The BBC do sometimes have a sense of humour. Honest. On April Fools Day 1957 they proved it, when they aired a three minute documentary on their flagship show Panoroma which seemingly showed a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from a spaghetti tree. So that’s where pasta comes from.
The War of the World’s
Orson Welles caused widespread panic back in 1938 with his broadcast of ‘The War of the Worlds’. As listeners settled down to the radio show, they became increasingly alarmed as Welles ‘acted out’ a series of news bulletins which seemingly alerted the public to an alien invasion which was taking place. Welles was so believable that the audience mistook the bulletins as genuine and fear gripped the nation.
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