publication date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (part of Summer 2018)

category: Hoaxes

clue: For all of his published scholarly works, he has yet to author a paper on felis domesticus.

explanation: Willard was a housecat given credit for co-authoring a physics paper published in a science journal in 1975. The alias (the cat's actual name was Chester) has continued to be used humorously by scientists ever since. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, and Matthew Preston


Similar Goos

William Howard Hughes

He worked for the Air Force and shared a name with a famous aviator, but recently his long flight came to an end. Go »

James Miranda Barry

Medicine was no big secret to this fruity physician or his patients. Go »

J.B. Smoove

Contrary to the titles of his best-known TV appearances, his comedy is not deaf, his Hollywood marriage isn't real, and he's not particularly enthusiastic. Go »

Aelita Andre

Another Picasso? This extremely talented young artist gained international recognition at age four after selling a collection of abstract paintings in shows from Italy to Hong Kong, including one for $24,000. Go »

Dak Prescott

He was born in Louisiana and played football in two neighboring states, even though he was named after two other states far away. Go »

Paul Horner

His fake news may have helped cause the biggest news event of 2016. The following year, he lost his life to a health epidemic that you might have heard about in the real news. Go »