Eruption of Mount Edgecumbe – #91 of 100 Top Hoaxes

Mount Edgecumbe is a dormant volcano near Sitka, Alaska, which was the subject of an April Fool’s Day hoax.

The volcano hasn’t erupted in almost 4,000 years, but in 1974 prankster Porky Bickar flew hundreds of tires into the crater and lit them on fire, tricking locals into thinking that the volcano was active again.

The Museum of Hoaxes reports:

Six years later when Mount St. Helens erupted a Sitka resident wrote to Bickar to tell him, “This time you’ve gone too far!”

See a list of hoaxes counted down so far after the jump.

100. Bridezilla Freaks Out About Her Hairdo
The Joe Schmo Show
The Crying Indian
Ivar’s Underwater Billboards
Well to Hell
Great Comics Switcheroonie
American Cannibal
Nacirema Tribe
92. Indian Rope Trick
91. Eruption of Mount Edgecumbe

20 Responses to “Eruption of Mount Edgecumbe – #91 of 100 Top Hoaxes”

  1. 1 breeze ahnd mikayla March 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    thihsz ihsz reealiie kewl

  2. 2 James Watt January 31, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Love this. I was I was nearly this creative.

  3. 3 suckit January 31, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Learn to fucking write properly, top poster.

  4. 4 razster January 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Suckit, that was posted in 2010, I doubt they will even notice…

  5. 6 hootiehoo January 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    70 tires not hundreds

  6. 7 Rob January 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    “See a list of hoaxes counted down so far after the jump.

    100. Bridezilla Freaks Out About Her Hairdo”


  7. 9 Boise Realtor January 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Wow, this is really funny. I wonder if somebody could do something like this today without being thrown in jail!

  8. 11 Sean January 31, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Fuck your crappy subreddit, I’m staying on this site.

  9. 12 Jake January 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Haha, this looks amazing, like one of those college graduation pranks!

  10. 13 James February 1, 2013 at 4:44 am

    @Rob, there IS a jump, you just don’t see it if you’re reading the blog entry individually. As per any blog, EVER.

  11. 14 ian in hamburg February 1, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Given the horrible smell and tonnes of toxic chemicals spewing from a tire fire, the guy should have been slapped with a heavy fine and a bill for the clean-up. Oh wait, this was 1974.

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