The Holy Thorn Reliquary in Vienna was in 1927 declared a forgery that had been swapped for the real relic during a restoration in 1860. Meanwhile, the original reliquary was bought by the unwitting Rothschild family, who later gave it to the British Museum, where it remains to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Despite being very common in fictional works, historical information about ball-and-chain flails is scarce. A few doubt they existed at all due to the number of pieces in museums that turned out to be forgeries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Nuclear bombs spread radioactive isotopes across the entire planet. Now experts use to spot art forgeries. physicsworld.com/a/nuclea…
In 1946, Jorge Luis Borges wrote a one-paragraph short story titled "On Exactitude in Science" which is an allegory in the form of a literary forgery written under a joint pseudonym which elaborates upon a fictional concept in Lewis Carroll's "Sylvie and Bruno Concluded" which is also a paradox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
During WW2 Han van Meegeren sold his own Vermeer forgery to Herman Goring, Hitler's No. 2. Goring traded him 150 real works for the fake. After the war, the Allies found out and jailed him. Van Meegeren freed himself by painting another Vermeer in jail to show them. Histories and novels on Amzn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Creating false documents is Forgery, but using false documents is Uttering en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utt…
1940s-1970s nuclear weapon tests released so much carbon-14 isotope to atmosphere that they affected the substances used in paint production. Measuring of these isotopes is used to identify art forgeries. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Hans van Meegeren is a master forger known as a national hero in the Netherlands for selling his fake art to Nazis during WW2. After the war, people believed the paintings were real, and he was charged as a collaborator. To prove his innocence, he painted a new forgery at his trial. It worked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
The 1990s Beanie Babies craze led to a cottage industry of Beanie Babies related crime, including theft and forgery. history.com/news/beanie-b…
When it was revealed to Hermann GΓΆring that his prized Vermeer painting was a forgery, it was said "[GΓΆring] looked as if for the first time he had discovered there was evil in the world". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Today I learned about the "Linxia cheetah", a fossil cat from China that is now known to have been a forgery. The Linxia cheetah was constructed using a combination of assorted bones and plaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aci…
Lincoln’s last pardon, written on the day he died, was discovered to have been a forgery. He had allegedly pardoned a mentally disabled soldier who’d been sentenced to death for desertion. A historian later admitted he’d forged the document-Lincoln had pardoned the soldier a year earlier. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Dali began selling signed blank sheets of canvas, originally intended as lithographs, to the market, allowing for counterfeiting and forgeries. Around 350,000 authentic Dali blank sheet signatures were released, but in 2016 over 12,000 fakes were seized, one which was estimated at $6.75 million. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
Today I learned of Edward Bunker, who played Mr. Blue in Q.Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Before becoming an actor, he was convicted of bank robbery, drug dealing, extortion, armed robbery, and forgery, and in 1951 had the dubious honor of being the youngest ever inmate in San Quentin State Prison at age 17. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
During the Cold War, the USSR was able to tell a Soviet passport was a forgery because the staples in real passports would corrode due to the poor quality of metal. articles.chicagotribune.c…
The first attestation of the Shroud of Turin claims that it's a forgery and that a local man had admitted to creating it in 1390 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
Wells Fargo's employees informed managers, internal ethics hotline, and HR about fraudulent accounts and forgery as early as 2005. nytimes.com/2016/10/12/bu…
Those tiny odd ink stamps on large currency bills are referred to as "Chopmarks". They are used so that a currency dealer does not have to study a note closely, if it already has his chop showing that he did that before. They will then accept back the note if found to be a forgery. coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n…
A prolific art forger has donated works to dozens of museums. When the FBI found out, they couldn't convict him of any crimes because he never received any money or other benefit for his forgeries. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The documents that "proved" Iraq sought nuclear weapons in 2002 are known forgeries, and the forger has never been caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
A reliable way of detecting art forgeries is to test for cesium-137 and strontium-90 as these isotopes did not exist in nature prior to the first use of nuclear weapons in 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
Today I learned of a woman who presented a forged doctor's note as an excuse for missing her sentencing for, that's right, forgery. nbcwashington.com/news/lo…
Edward Bunker, who played Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs, was convicted of bank robbery, drug dealing, extortion, armed robbery, and forgery before 1975, at which point he finally left his criminal days permanently behind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
In 2003 the Bolton Museum in England purchased a statue of the granddaughter of King Tutankhamun for Β£440,000. In 2006 they discovered it was a forgery bbc.com/news/uk-england-m…
For several hundred years the Catholic Church cited a document (the Donation of Constantine) claiming Emperor Constantine bestowed vast territory and spiritual and temporal power on the Pope. It was clearly demonstrated to be a forgery in the 1400s britannica.com/topic/Dona…
Allan Pinkerton, founder of the detective agency that gave us the term "Private Eye", was the originator of the "Mug Shot" in the US. He kept photos of criminals on file, along with physical details and handwriting samples, and mailed them to banks to prevent robberies and forgery. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The rare earth element Europium is used in anti-forgery marks on Euro banknotes elementsdatabase.com/Euro…
The Shadwell forgeries forged medieval lead and lead-alloy artefacts between 1857 and 1870. Today the forged pieces are worth more than the real medieval pieces they tried to imitate, and interest in the forged pieces by collectors and museums has led to modern fakes of the forged items. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
All new copiers in the United States malfunction and copy black ink when trying to copy any USA currency to decrease forgery attempts! huffpost.com/us/entry/us_…
The Harvard Art Museum has a collection of pigments, binders, and other art materials for researchers to use as standards so they can tell originals from restorations from forgeries. youtube.com/watch?v=rApTz…
Color laser printers print a watermark on every page that identifies the printer to ease government fears of forgery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
So many new isotopes of elements were created with the explosion of atomic bombs that you can test whether or not a painting is a forgery by examining the isotopes of elements used in it, as some of these didn't exist prior to 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
The name 'Indentured Servant' comes from the indenture marks on top of the document to prevent forgery or updating without the other party knowing. slideplayer.com/slide/739…
In Japanese, to prevent forgery, a separate set of numerals is used in formal documents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
One reliable method that is used to detect art forgeries is to test for cesium-137 and strontium-90 in that these isotopes did not occur naturally prior to the first use of nuclear weapons in 1945. physicsworld.com/cws/arti…
A man who overslept and missed his flight to Kuala Lampur spent 18 days in transit lounges by creating fake mobile boarding passes on his laptop until he was arrested for forgery and sentenced to two weeks in jail. straitstimes.com/singapor…
Today I learned of the Persian Princess, a mummy that was claimed to be the daughter of the Persian king Xerxes. Upon further examination, it was discovered to be a forgery. The body was that of a modern woman 21–25 years of age who had been killed with a blunt instrument, prompting a murder investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
In 1983, The Sunday Times (UK) had planned to print what they believed to be extracts from the diaries of Adolf Hitler. The paper had already paid half of the Β£250,000 promised before the extracts were revealed to be forgeries. theguardian.com/world/201…
Around 3%, or 1,450,000 Β£1 coins, are forgeries royalmint.com/discover/uk…
Many color laser printers print an (almost) invisible pattern of tiny yellow dots on every page. The pattern contains information regarding the date and printer serial number. This was put in place to prevent forgery. pcworld.idg.com.au/articl…
A reliable way of detecting art forgeries is to test for cesium-137 and strontium-90 as these isotopes did not exist in nature prior to the first use of nuclear weapons in 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
Chinese numerals have a normal and a financial version to prevent simple forgeries due the the geometric simplicity in traditional Chinese text en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
A man named Mark Hofmann forged historical documents that challenged the doctrine of the LDS movement, including replacing the angel Moroni with a salamander. His forgeries fooled experts and made him a fortune. He wasn't caught until he accidentally blew himself up with a homemade bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Steve Martin sold a painting in 2006 for $26.8 million. In 2004, he unknowingly purchased a forgery (which had been authenticated) for $850,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The artist Lothar Malskat sued himself for forgery to get credit for the original painting of a nationally-famous German church fresco thought to be a 13th century restoration. jhunewsletter.com/2017/03…
The part of the Bible that says women should be submissive and are not to assume authority over a man, (credited to Saint Paul) was likely written by someone pretending to be Saint Paul and is considered by many biblical scholars to be a forgery.(pseudepigrapha) huffingtonpost.com/bart-d…
Today I learned of an art forger who was almost sentenced to death for being a Nazi plunderer until he re-created one of his forgeries and was tried as a fraudster. priceonomics.com/the-art-…
Prescriptions written in "too legible" handwriting may indicate forgery. deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pu…
When Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, was 10, his teacher gave him an assignment to write a story about animals,to which his teacher said it was so well written that it must have been a forgery. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
There was an Argentinian conman who masterminded the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, and the theft only took place to allow him to sell six separate forgeries around the world. He was never found guilty as he was technically never involved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…

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