Rick Padden of Loveland, Colorado has written a play about a famous hoax from his own town: The Great Loveland Potato Hoax. It’ll be on stage at Loveland’s Rialto Theater.
The Loveland Potato Hoax took place in 1895. It involved a farmer who created a fake photo of himself holding this vegetable.. The photo started circulating around the country, passing from one person to another, until it eventually came to the attention of Scientific American, which published it, mistakenly presenting it to readers as a real photo. The farmer was subsequently flooded with inquiries from people who wanted pieces of this green vegetable so they could grow their own giant spud.