The Museum of Hoaxes
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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Samsung invents the on/off switch
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Flipper Photo
August 7, 1972: An expedition to find Nessie led by Dr. Robert Rines of the Academy of Applied Science struck gold when its underwater camera took a picture of what appeared to be the flipper of a large aquatic animal resembling a plesiosaur. However, the relatively clear image of a flipper shown to the public was not quite what the camera had initially recorded. The initial image was far less distinct. (It basically looked like a shot of a bunch of bubbles or sediment in the water.) This initial picture was then computer enhanced by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, and apparently the computer-enhanced image was further artistically enhanced by the Academy of Applied Science team (i.e. it was retouched), thereby producing the final flipper photo. Modern image-enhancement software has not been able to conjure anything resembling a flipper from the original image.
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