A sonar reading recently revealed a previously unseen trench at the bottom of Loch Ness. Located about nine miles east of Inverness, it looks just large enough for Nessie to hide in. Or more plausibly, it’s yet another attempt by the locals to keep the myth alive—and the tourists flocking to the lake.
On this very night in 1938, Orson Welles’s production of the H. G. Wells classic, The War of the Worlds, convinced many unwary radio listeners that a Martian invasion was underway. The next day, Welles told reporters he was deeply sorry for scaring people—and you can watch his “apology” below.
This extraordinary image of an apparent floating city has created a stir among conspiracy theorists, but a well-known optical illusion is the likely explanation for the phenomenon.
Late last month, news emerged that two European men had discovered a Nazi ghost train in Poland. Now, a pair of ground-penetrating radar images have apparently leaked, purportedly showing the train buried underground—including what appears to be a row of tanks.
The birth of America’s Spiritualist movement can be traced back to a quiet hamlet in rural New York and the popping joints of two little girls. It began in 1848, when sisters Kate and Margaret Fox of Hydesville, New York decided to play a prank on their superstitious mother.
Basil Valentine, or Basilius Valentinius, was the name of a distinguished and learned Benedictine monk, who wrote treatises on medicinal compounds and alchemy. Except there’s no record that this monk ever existed.
The history of science has its share of biological frauds, cases where people fabricated an imaginary organism and passed it off as real, or lied about an organism's behavior. Every now and then, however, a creature that is suspected of being a hoax turns out to be real.
In 1950, Maury Meiklejohn was an ornithologist, and he knew his profession was in need of something that didn't yet exist. He heroically stepped up, and the bare-fronted hoodwink was unleashed on the world.
There have never been more options for those convinced that the medical establishment is hiding secrets from them. Look at the Google ads running down the sidebar of just about any website you visit, and you're almost certain to see ads about "natural" cures—gluten-free diets and alkaline water, superfoods and…
Have you ever read I, Libertine? The book itself may be less interesting than how the book came to be. Hear the story of the book that started as a hoax.
Who knew the BBC had this much of a sense of humor? Here is a fantastic clip broadcast on April Fool's Day in 1957, which shows the "traditional spaghetti harvest" and educates its viewers on dangers like the spaghetti weevil.
One of the cryptozoology world's most polarizing figures, Tom Biscardi, is planning an IPO to help fund his ongoing search for Bigfoot.
In 1806, the people of Leeds were sure that the rapture was upon them. Chickens had actually started laying eggs with apocalyptic messages on them. That's when a group of intrepid skeptics revealed that Leeds was in the thrall of chemistry, not the end times.
A new book is making the controversial claim that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had two sons. The authors say the evidence comes from a 1,500-year-old manuscript uncovered at the British Library.
The fakes are coming! The fakes are coming! Today we have 10 more images you may have seen floating around the internet recently. But don't believe your lying eyes. They're all totally fake.
When a "stone age tribe" files a libel suit against anthropologists, you know you're going to get some twisted history. Learn about the Tasaday tribe of the Philippines, and make your conclusions as to what extent they were an authentic culture or just seriously devoted actors.
The internet is filled with plenty of photo fakery. And we here at Factually are here to help you distinguish the true from the too-good-to-be. Today we have six more images you may have seen floating around recently. None of them is precisely what it claims to be.
Earlier this week — and for a period of nearly 24 hours — a CNN iReport falsely claimed that a newly discovered asteroid has a nearly 50% chance of hitting the Earth in 2041. The story received more than 230,000 hits and 23,000 media shares before it was finally taken down.
Today, while we have an ongoing debate over environmental issues, it might be informative to look at a past environmental debate - and a past environmental hoax. Who orchestrated the hoax, and why? You decide.