History Quiz / Hoaxes and Forgeries

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Can you answer these questions about hoaxes and forgeries?

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Dionysius the Renegade, the first known literary hoaxer, wrote the play 'Parthenopaeus', falsely attributed to this Greek and embedded with insulting acrostics.
In 1978 a barge seemed to tow this natural object into Sydney Harbour, but it was really a second barge covered with white plastic sheets and foam.
Not yet a famous writer, she wore blackface and a beard in 1910 to board the HMS Dreadnought as part of a group of pranksters pretending to be Abyssinian royalty.
Illinois teacher Kent Johnson is the most likely author of 'Doubled Flowering', poetry attributed to non-existent poet Araki Yasusada about witnessing this event.
Buried and unearthed in 1869, this fake petrified man was sold for US $37,500 before a palaeontologist noticed that it had chisel marks.
Published in 1971 as the real-life diary of a girl who died from drug abuse, it was actually fiction by Beatrice Sparks, a 54-year-old Mormon.
H. L. Mencken's hoax history of this item, including his claim that Millard Fillmore installed the first one in the White House in 1850, has been widely mistaken for fact.
Pierre Plantard fabricated his own royal pedigree and invented the Priory of this French hill, a non-existent secret society featured in 'The Da Vinci Code' by Dan Brown.
As Isaac Bickerstaff, he wrote a 1708 almanack predicting the death of astrologer John Partridge then published a fake death notice when Partridge didn't die on schedule.
In 1835 the New York Sun published a series of articles about intelligent life discovered here, including bipedal beavers and flying man-bats.
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Physicist Alan Sokal exposed the vacuousness of postmodern critiques of science when his paper full of doublespeak was published by this journal in 1996.
This poet wrote a hoax 1844 broadside in the New York Sun claiming that Monck Mason had just made the first trans-Atlantic hot air balloon crossing.
In 1915 two historians fabricated the 'Ars Magna' of Altianius, seeming to show that a Roman writer had used this form of wordplay to predict disasters in future centuries.
This 'missing link' was reportedly found in East Sussex in 1912, but in 1953 the find was debunked as a prehistoric human skull with an orangutan jawbone.
James Vicary claimed to have used this covert method in a cinema to increase popcorn sales 57%, but five years later he admitted faking the experiment.
Blame it on the producer: Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan lip-synched all their songs as this duo, forfeiting their 1989 Grammy Award when the trick was discovered.
As a 1957 April Fools' prank, the BBC programme 'Panorama' reported on Switzerland's bumper crop of this food, showing it being unstrung from trees.
George Psalmanazar, a white man claiming to be from this Asian island, regaled 18th-century Europe with tales of his homeland, such as annual sacrifices of 20,000 boys.
In 1971 the Philippine culture ministry faked video footage of this tribe, falsely claiming they still used Stone Age tools and had no concept of war.
Konrad Kujau fabricated 13 years of diary entries attributed to this man, duping Stern magazine in 1983 before much of the diary was found to be plagiarised.

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