The Museum of Hoaxes
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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
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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