Another rather slow day in history (August has been like that...either its something really interesting or absolutely nothing at all). Had trouble finding something to post, though I think this little tidbit was funny enough (if not very historical).
August 25, 1835 - "The Great Moon Hoax," a series of articles in a New York newspaper, written by Dr. Andrew Grant, claimed that his collegue Sir John Herschel had found amazing life on the moon. Some of the "amazing life" he had found were supposedly unicorns, 2-legged beavers, and furry humanoids with wings that seemed to resemble bats. There were also great descriptions of the moon's surface with features that included lush vegetation, huge crystals of amethyst, and flowing rivers.
Readers completely believed the story and it even fooled some Yale science professors. In September the newspaper admitted it had all been a big hoax.