Historic Hoaxes

Urban legends about historic hoaxes.

Hoaxes are not new to our generation — history is replete with them.

Red bullet A pair of hoaxsters once led hundreds of gullible New Yorkers into participating in a scheme to saw Manhattan Island in half.

Red bullet When the bathtub was introduced to the U.S. in the mid-1800s, its popularity was hindered by the belief that taking baths was injurious to a person's health.

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