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Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The worms inside your face
Extraterrestrial Silverman -- April Fool's Day, 1950

The Cologne Neue Illustrierte published a picture of "a tiny, aluminum-covered man" who had supposedly been rescued from a saucer that had crash landed after being shot by American anti-aircraft guns. The planet this being came from was unknown.

The photo subsequently became a famous "alien" photo, after its origin as an April fool hoax was forgotten. It was reproduced in books such as "Flying Saucers from Outer Space" (1953) by Donald Keyhoe and "The UFO Encyclopedia" (1980) by Margaret Sachs.




Charleston Daily Mail - Apr 6, 1950



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