In 1917, Frances Griffith and Elsie Wright took a series of photographs that clearly depicted them playing with a group of fairies. The girls, when showing their parents, insisted the photos were real. Their mother took the photos to a photographer, who declared the photos were genuine. The photos quickly picked up steam and even managed to convince Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of their authenticity. The girls maintained their stories until the 1980s, when Elsie finally admitted to the fairies being paper cut-outs made from sketches based on fairies from the book Princess Mary’s Gift Book. Hats off to these girls for pulling one over on Doyle himself!
I still to this day cannot believe ANYONE fell for this. I’m inclined toward believing a whole mess of out-there stuff - apart from the literal existence of a physical Loch Ness Monster and the majority of UFOs coming from other planets - but even I could call bullshit on this within seconds of seeing the ‘fashionably attired’ fairies!