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The great Moon Hoax of 1835 (Read 490 times)
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The great Moon Hoax of 1835
Apr 04th, 2011, 1:23pm
 


Say the words “Moon Hoax” these days, and everyone thinks you are talking about the people who don’t believe the Apollo astronauts ever went to the Moon. But back in 1835 there was the original Moon hoax that thousands of people fell for, despite the tall tale being complete fiction. A series of articles were published in the New York Sun newspaper reporting incredible new astronomical observations of the Moon supposedly made by astronomer Sir John Herschel during an observing run at the Cape of Good Hope with his powerful new telescope. Detailed descriptions of winged beings, plants, animals and a sapphire temple increased sales and subscriptions to the fledgling newspaper.

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-04-great-moon-hoax.html

Not sure why but this caught my attention long enough to post it.
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Re: The great Moon Hoax of 1835
Reply #1 - Apr 6th, 2011, 6:50pm
 
This is, like most of your posts, Webbie, _fascinating_! Thanks 4 sharing with us.

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