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It was only a paper moon — but a legendary hoax

Aug 24, 2011 11:28:00 PM- chicagotribune.com
176 years ago, the New York Sun convinced its readers there were such things as lunar man-bats and red cucumbers

Of all the hoaxes in American history, my favorite involves the first "scientific" proof of life on the moon: The winged humanoids called Vespertilio-homo, or man-bat, written 176 years ago this week in the New York Sun.


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