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20th Century Hoaxers Quiz

At the request of "davidcalvert" this is a look at some of the classic hoaxes of the past century (I bet I've missed his favourite!) 10 Questions.

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Which hoax of 1910 saw practical joker, Horace de Vere Cole, with 5 friends, trick the Royal Navy into showing their new flagship, to a supposed delegation of Abyssinian royals?

  • Defiance
  • Dreadnought
  • Discovery
  • Dunkirk

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Which Professor of Electrical Engineering seems to have foregone hard evidence and crossed his wires in his book "The Hoax of the Twentieth Century", denying the occurrence of the holocaust?

  • Koray Aydin
  • Randall Berry
  • Arthur Butz
  • Larry Birnbaum

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In which US state, in 1987, did Ed Walters claim a series of UFO sightings using high quality photographs of a model, which resulted in the worldwide "Gulf Breeze UFO Incident"?

  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Texas
  • California

Question 4 Photo

In 1917 and 1920, young English cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths from Cottingley, Sussex, produced a series of photographs depicting themselves interacting with what?

  • Wild birds
  • Fairies
  • Lizards
  • Frogs

Question 5 Photo

Which hoax was perpetrated by a university student, under the alias of "Dr. Michael Wong Chang", making a website claim to provide instructions on how to grow kittens in a jar?

  • Glass Moggy
  • Canned Kitten
  • Pickled Pussy
  • Bansai Cat

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In the '70s, who had huge success, based largely on his alleged ability to bend spoons with his mind, but in 2007 said "I'll no longer say that I have supernatural powers. I am an entertainer"?

  • Uri Geller
  • Paul McKenna
  • Derren Brown
  • Paul Daniels

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In 1980 the security officer for the original 1922 excavation of which Egyptian site admitted that a death curse was only inscribed over the entrance to scare away thieves?

  • Akhenaten's tomb
  • Khafra's tomb
  • Tutankhamun's tomb
  • Ramses II "The Great's" tomb

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1912 solicitor Charles Dawson discovered bones indicating a link between humans and apes. Exposed by microscopic examination, X-rays, & carbon dating in 1953, the hoax was known by what name?

  • Bexhill man
  • Petworth man
  • Piltdown man
  • Uckfield man

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Which John Humphrey's film, released in 1995 by London businessman Ray Santilli, examining a dead alien recovered from a crashed spaceship in New Mexico in 1947 has proved to be a clever hoax?

  • "Roswell Alien"
  • "Alien Postmortem"
  • "Area 51"
  • "Alien Autopsy"

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Despite being fatal if inhaled, contributing to erosion and accelerating corrosion, why has the campaign to ban Dihydrogen Monoxide, 'DHMO' of the 1990s been branded a scientific hoax?

  • DHMO is water
  • Excessive cost to Industry
  • Advantages outweigh the disadvantages
  • It doesn't exist in concentrated from