The Museum of Hoaxes
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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
A black lion: real or fake?
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
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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