10 February 1910: Horace de Vere Cole (far right, with hat and cane) perpetrates the greatest prank of the age — The Dreadnought Hoax — wherein he and a few of his friends impersonate the emperor of Abyssinia on a state visit to the HMS Dreadnought. Among the “emperor’s” retinue was author Virginia Woolf (far left, bearded).
Who’s Who refused to list Cole when he submitted his application with “Fucking” under the category “Recreation.”
Another prank: Once he was driving in a taxi with the dummy of a nude  woman; as the taxi passed a policeman at Piccadilly he opened its door,  banged the dummy’s head on the road shouting ‘ungrateful hussy!’

10 February 1910: Horace de Vere Cole (far right, with hat and cane) perpetrates the greatest prank of the age — The Dreadnought Hoax — wherein he and a few of his friends impersonate the emperor of Abyssinia on a state visit to the HMS Dreadnought. Among the “emperor’s” retinue was author Virginia Woolf (far left, bearded).

Who’s Who refused to list Cole when he submitted his application with “Fucking” under the category “Recreation.”

Another prank: Once he was driving in a taxi with the dummy of a nude woman; as the taxi passed a policeman at Piccadilly he opened its door, banged the dummy’s head on the road shouting ‘ungrateful hussy!’