The Museum of Hoaxes
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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
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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