Life on the Moon?

In 1835, the New York Sun printed a week-long series of articles (by Richard Adams Locke) reporting that Sir John Herschel -- through the world's largest telescope -- had discovered life on the moon. Furry batlike creatures "were evidently engaged in conversation; their gesticulation... appeared impassioned and emphatic... They were capable of producing works of art and contrivance."

[The hoax, perpetrated during a pitched circulation war, led to record sales of the New York Sun.]

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