To quote wikipedia – “A hoax is a deliberately fabricated falsehood made to masquerade as truth. It is distinguishable from errors in observation or judgment, or rumors, urban legends, pseudosciences or April Fools’ Day events that are passed along in good faith by believers or as jokes.”. A hoax can be a fun way to pass time or even used as a method  psychological manipulation, designed to make your enemies think one thing whilst you prepare another. This can be useful when your opponent has a much greater power than you but doesn’t know it. Also, trickster gods can use them to mess with the minds of mortals for their own amusement.

The ones listed below are all “real” hoaxes that have occurred and can be used as the basis of hoaxes and rumours and your games and stories.

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1 , Archaeoraptor
2 , Berners Street
3 , Bigfoot
4 , Cardiff Giant
5 , Clever Hans
6 , Crop Circles
7 , Death of Paul McCartney
8 , Dihydrogen Monoxide
9 , Disappearing Blond Gene
10 , Fiji Mermaid
11 , Loch Ness Monster
12 , Perpetual Motion Machines
13 , Piltdown Man
14 , Tasaday Tribe
15 , The Cottingley Fairies
16 , The Lying Stones
17 , The Spaghetti Tree
18 , The Turk
19 , The Upas Tree
20 , War of the Worlds



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