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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
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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