August 25, 1835

On This Date in in 1835 the N.Y. Sun published the Moon Hoax story and attributed the discoveries of man-bats, buildings, roads, and canals on the Moon to real astronomer John Herschel. John Herschel was not amused, nor was Edgar Allen Poe, who’s own Moon Hoax story was published two months early and received much less recognition.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to August 25, 1835

  1. Dr. Andrew Grant says:

    Everybody always focuses on the little things we got wrong, but the important thing is that we were the first newspaper to expose the fact that the moon landing was a hoax, and we did it 134 years before anybody else even thought about it!

    (and I’m still not convinced that there aren’t man-bats)

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