The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The worms inside your face
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.


All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.