Weird Universe

Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators

One Of Our own

No list of weird collections would be complete without the inclusion of one of our WUvian founders. Alex and his Museum of Hoaxes is, of course, one of the top weird collections on the net!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Aug 01, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Museums, Alex

The Angel of Hadley


I had long been aware of the WWI legend of The Angel of Mons, in which a piece of deliberate fiction was accepted as literal truth.

But I was unaware until recently that right in my own backyard, in nearby Hadley, Massachusetts, a similar bit of fiction-as-history existed, the Angel of Hadley, the account of how a mysterious elderly warrior saved settlers from the Indians.

Another good piece on the subject here.

David Holzman’s Diary

I never knew of the existence of this film until reading the obituary of one of its creators, L. M. Kit Carson. As an ancestor of Spinal Tap and others of that ilk, it should appeal to WU-vies, I think.

Unfortunately, the entire video does not seem available online. There's a snippet above, and a mini-documentary about the documentary in two parts below. (Caution: brief flash of modest nudity in part two.) You can buy the disc or stream it at Amazon.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 01, 2014 | Comments (0)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Documentaries, 1960's

William Skinner’s Gravity Engine

Apparently, some 75 years on, people are still trying to prove the reality of this perpetual motion machine.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 16, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Eccentrics, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Inventions, 1930's

Prince Ranjit, King of Curry


Even in this current age of celebrity chefs, no one has thought to impersonate a foreign Rajah in order to attract publicity for his restaurant, like "Prince Ranjit" did a century ago.

Full story here.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 07, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Food, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Restaurants, 1900's, India

Autobiography of Jesus


Wouldn't so many, many contemporary controversies be definitively settled if only we had Jesus's own writings about his life? Doesn't the sorry world of the 21st century need his inspired insights, straight from the Savior's lips? Of course! And yet, this Spiritualist-dictated "autobiography" languishes unread!

Check it out here.

Long Lance

I'm trespassing on Alex's territory here, with an hour-length documentary on what was once a famous hoax.

Here's the story in a nutshell.

Black Money Cleaning

Look! A video! It must be real!

Black Money Scam.

1920s Perpetual Motion Machine


More fascinating stuff at the original article.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 03, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Technology, 1920's
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