This thread went to south starting already from the first response which said "my three ex-wives" - although, admittedly, I could appreciate the
Also political or economical events, acts of terrorism or catastrophes or any kind of religion / belief systems do not in my opinion belong within
I thought of the ones that are known hoaxes but still succeeded to break into the mainstream media.
Here we go with my top three choices:
1 - Uri Geller
What was his supposed skill? To bend spoons with his mind - in which he failed miserably during The Tonight Show in year 1973. Aside that, various
other mind powers Geller claimed to possess have been later proven non-existent.
Despite these frequent failures Geller enjoys some kind of steady fan base and has friends in high places of the society.
The man has written 16 books, owns a spoon-laced Cadillac, has received gifts from range of celebrities, bought an tiny island near Scotland for about
$45000 and had Michael Jackson (yes, that
Michael Jackson) as his best man in his wedding when Geller renewed his vows.
2 - The alien autopsy
The hoax was discussed in Time Magazine, sold to 32 countries and shown in countless well-known senders, among others Fox Network. Last mentioned in
1995 had over 11 million viewers with 14% share to watch the English-made puppetry showing raspberry jam and chicken joints bought from London-based
When accused as faker, the maker of the video (Ray Santilli) changed his story from the film being authentic to that he had reconstructed it, due that
"the original film had not survived aside two frames".
When the whole alien autopsy video was confirmed as a fake, Fox Network boosted that it had undisclosed one of the most significant hoaxes of all time
- and gathered again masses of viewers. Only this time it was not claiming what was seen on TV sets was anything real.
There was also a movie made about the story of "alien autopsy" and as late as 2006 Santilli claimed that some of the footage in the original one sold
to TV networks had authentic material in it. Conveniently, this happened at the same year as the movie came out.
3 - Erich Von Däniken
"I know of no recent books so riddled with logical and factual errors as the works of von Däniken."
— Carl Sagan, Foreword to The Space Gods Revealed
Von Däniken's books misinterpreting history to create ancient aliens theory have printed 30 million copies (although the man himself claims over 65
million) and translated to 35 different languages. Von Däniken's claims have been debunked countless times by academics and world-famous scientists
and to even start pointing here all the flaws von Däniken's theories make is flogging a dead horse.
Nevertheless, with tens of millions books sold mediocre Swiss-born sci-fi novelist is laughing his way to the "Mystery Park" he opened 2003 in
edit on 5-11-2012 by SCITK because: Spoon-laced Cadillac added
edit on 5-11-2012 by SCITK because:
Geller's spoon-laced Cadillac added