Aug. 25, 1835: Great Moon Hoax published, announces false discovery of life on moon
DETROIT On Aug. 25, 1835, the New York Sun newspaper began publishing a series of articles describing the supposed discovery of life on the moon. Known as "The Great Moon Hoax," the series of six articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. Grant claimed Herschel found evidence of life forms on the moon, including the discovery of unicorns, two-legged beavers, winged humanoids, rushing rivers and lush vegetation. Sales for the paper skyrocketed after the hoax was published, despite the fact that none of it was true. What Hoax claimed to find on moonThe first articles touched on the findings of elaborate basaltic rock formations and fields of blood-red poppy flowers.