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Museum of Hoaxes

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The Museum was established in 1997 in order to promote knowledge about the phenomenon of hoaxes. It plays host to a variety of humbugs and hoodwinks?from ancient deceptions all the way up to modern schemes, dupes, and dodges that circulate on the Internet.

The museum is divided into a variety of different sections. There's a historical wing, in which hoaxes are presented chronologically, from the Middle Ages right up to the present; a Gallery of April Fool's Day hoaxes, celebrating that one day of the year devoted to pranks and practical jokes; a Tall-Tale Creature Gallery that delves into the natural history of species such as the Jackalope and the Fur-Bearing Trout; and much, much more.

Take a look around and check out the exhibits. Marvel at the woman who gave birth to rabbits, be astounded by the Swiss spaghetti trees, and shocked by the Bonsai Kittens. Try to decide if you would have fallen for any of the hoaxes. There are even some tests for you to determine just how gullible you really are. Just remember that there's no claim so stupid that someone, somewhere won't believe it!

Based in San Diego, California, the Museum of Hoaxes is open to visitors 365 days a year. Its curator is Alex Boese.

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