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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Use your left ear to detect lies
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
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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