The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
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.


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