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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The worms inside your face
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Bush Reads Book Upside-Down
In the top image, Bush and a young child are both reading from America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney (wife of Vice-President Cheney). But if you look closely, it appears that President Bush is holding his book upside down. An unknown hoaxer has horizontally and vertically flipped the image on the back of the book in Bush's hands. But in doing so, he made a mistake. Compare the book held by the girl to the book Bush is holding. The picture on the right-hand side of Bush's book has been vertically flipped in the wrong direction. (A dark blue spot is close to the spine of Bush's book, but this same spot in the girl's copy is near the left-hand edge of the book.)

The original version of the photo (bottom) was taken in the Summer of 2002 while Bush was visiting George Sanchez Charter School in Houston. It was distributed by the Associated Press.

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