The Museum of Hoaxes
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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
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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