The Museum of Hoaxes
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The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
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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