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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
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Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Statue of Liberty seen from Europe -- April Fool's Day, 1934
The Mar 31, 1934 issue of the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung contained a photo of the Statue of Liberty supposedly taken from Europe by means of "infrared remote photography".


In the era of infrared remote photography

Aerial photo taken from an unprecedented height: Europe, America and the Atlantic Ocean visible on a single image.

The symbol of America, the Statue of Liberty in New York, emerges ghost-like, clearly visible behind the curvature of the earth. In the perspective of remote photography, the vast expanse of the Atlantic is shrunk to a pond. In the foreground, a tiny rocky island stands out from the sea — the archipelago of England and Ireland.

April Fool Categories: National Landmarks, Germany, 1934, Photo Hoaxes.
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