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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
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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