Looking through the Google Newspaper Archive is comical sometimes. Some of those clippings are letters to the editor, and some are bona fide news articles.
My favorite hoax: nuclear fallout is totally harmless, but the COMMIES are tricking us into not testing our precious nukes!
Imagine if we listened to those nutjobs and kept exploding nukes in the atmosphere, until the present day. We'd be a race of radioactive zombies!
I wonder what the next big non-hoax hoax will be... (cough globalwarming cough...)