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On the 25th August, 1835, the New York Sun newspaper published the first of six articles that collectively became known as ‘The Great Moon Hoax’. Dr Andrew Grant, a made up reporter, claimed to be a colleague of the famous astronomer Sir John Herschel who, so the article reported, had discovered alien life forms on the moon from his observatory at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

The article clamed that Herschel made the discovery with a powerful new telescope which had been installed in the observatory a year earlier and published his findings in the Edinburgh Journal of science, which had in fact ceased to exist a number of years previous.

The life forms supposedly found included goats, unicorns, two-legged beavers and bat-like, temple building humanoids complete with fur and wings.....Read More

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