The Museum of Hoaxes
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Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Use your left ear to detect lies
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Barack Obama Smoking
Barack Obama has admitted to being a smoker, though before he launched his presidential campaign he resolved to quit the habit. (By his own admission, he has had a few lapses.) Nevertheless, there are hardly any photos of him smoking, largely because his campaign makes great efforts to stop such photos getting out, fearing negative public reaction.

In early 2008 the top photo began circulating online, showing Obama with a cigarette in his mouth. It is not real. The original photo (bottom) was taken by Kwame Ross on Aug. 3, 2004 while then-State Sen. Obama met with constituents at the University of Illinois while campaigning to become a U.S. Senator.

An unknown hoaxer digitally added the cigarette into the photo.

Links and References
Campus Visit. News Bureau, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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