One of the greatest hoaxes in the history of popular music had its origins in the state of Iowa. Clearly, we all know now that Paul McCartney is alive and well. But for a time many Beatles fans were convinced he was dead, and that was why their beloved band was calling it quits. It was a story whose flames were fanned by a story out of Drake University.

Tim Harper
Drake Times Delphic Paul is Dead
"a very minor footnote in the history of rock n' roll."

[via Des Moines Register]