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World's Greatest Hoaxes & Frauds !!!

Caught by Crooked Crooks

Caught by Crooked Crooks In 1976, several federal agents in the USA posed as crooks and let it be known that they were fences (people who buy stolen goods from criminals). They bought everything offered to them and, as a result, recovered millions of dollars worth of stolen property and made more than 200 arrests.

An Arresting Prank

An Arresting Prank The British politician, Oliver Locker-Lampson, once announced that it was unthinkable that a Member of Parliament would ever be arrested. But he reckoned without the wiles of Horace de Vere Cole, a brilliant practical joker who was quick to prove him wrong. Cole challenged the politician to a race along a London street, which Locker-Lampson accepted. As he explained the rules of the race, Cole secretly slipped his watch into the MP's pocket. Then they were off, and Locker-Lampson built up a good lead. Soon Cole was in pursuit, shouting,'Stop, thief!' The police joined in the chase, and when the stolen watch was discovered in Locker-Lampson's pocket the unfortunate politician was arrested. Once the arrest had been made Cole revealed the hoax-and he too, was arrested! Eventually both men were released and Cole was bond over to keep the peace.

Spaghetti Harvest

Spaghetti Harvest On 1 April, 1957 a film about the Swiss spaghetti harvest was shown on British television, with a Commentary by Richard Dimbleby, one of the country's most respected presenters. Swiss peasants were shown gathering spaghetti from the trees in the Ticino district and Richard Dimbleby gave a serious explaation of how spring had come early that year, producing a bumper spaghetti harvest. Hundreds of people telephoned the BBC after the programme. There were no complaints that they had been hoaxed-all they wanted to know was where they could buy spaghetti plants. In answer to this question they were told that such plants were not available in Britian but that some British enthusiasts had produced some acceptable results by planting a small tin of spaghetti in tomato squce!

A Shaggy dog Story

A Shaggy dog Story A large number of talented animals have been featured on Esther Rantzen's television programme That's Life. Possibly the most remarkable was a sheepdog called Tramp. Tramp was so clever he could even drive a car. The programme showed Tramp at the wheel of a specially converted Mini and he certainly was a very competent driver. Many viewers thought it was rather dangerous to let a dog drive a car and hundreds telephoned to complain. What they did not realize was that Tramp was really a woman dressed in a sheepdog costume.

Chinese Tricks

Chinese Tricks When the great Chinese magician, Chung Ling Soo, died on the stage of the Wood Green Empire, London, in 1918, his greatest trick was revealed. For many years he had fooled the British public into believing he was genuinely Chinese- he even spoke through interpreters. The charade was all part of a gigantic hoax. He was an American, without a trace of Chinese blood, called William Ellsworth Robinson.

The Tichborne Claimant

The Tichborne Claimant Sir Roger Tichborne, heir to the Tichborne estates in Hampshire, England, disappeared at sea in 1854. His mother received no news from him but refused to believe he was dead. Eleven years later she advertised in newspapers in South America and Australia offering a reward for information about her soon. The advertisement was seen in Australia by a petty criminal, Arthur Orton, who wrote to the old lady claiming he was her long-lost son. In 1866, Orton sailed for England. He went to Hampshire and found out as much as he could about the family before visiting Lady Tichborne. Orton bore no resemblance to the missing heir. At the time of his disappearance, Tichborne had weighed 57 Kilograms (9 stone), had straight dark hair, and a taffoo on his left arm . He also spoke fluent French. Orton weighed 152.5 kilograms (24 stone), had wavy hair, no tattoo and could not speak French. But somehow Orton succeeded in deceiving the old lady. When Lady Tichborne died, Orton took his claim to court where his impersonation was not so successful. He was arrested charged with perjury and brought to trial. On 1 March, 1874, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

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