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'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Lcpl. Boudreaux’s Sign
In March 2004, a photo circulated online showing an American soldier posing with two Iraqi boys. One of the boys was holding a sign that read, "Lcpl Boudreaux killed my Dad, then he knocked up my sister!" The Council on American-Islamic Relations saw the picture and complained to the Pentagon about it. The photo also received coverage in publications such as Islam Online. But it turned out that there were multiple versions of the photo in circulation. In another version the sign read "Lcpl Boudreaux saved my dad then he rescued my sister," and in yet another version the sign read "Lcpl Boudreaux killed my Dad, then all your Base are Belong to us." Obviously the sign was being digitally manipulated, but which was the real version? Eventually the Marine Corps opened an investigation to answer this question. The results of this investigation were not publicly released. Lance Corporal Boudreaux himself insisted that the sign originally read 'Welcome Marines'.
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