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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The worms inside your face
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Dati’s Disappearing Ring
On November 19, 2008 the french paper Le Figaro ran a photo of France's justice minister Rachida Dati on its front page. The photo (top) showed her with her left hand held to the side of her head, a concerned expression on her face.

But the next day, the rival L'Express revealed that the picture had been doctored to remove a large diamond ring on Dati's hand. The original (bottom) had been taken in June.

Dati had been criticized for her opulent fashion tastes. The erasure of the ring was seen as an attempt by Le Figaro, a conservative paper, to downplay Dati's frivolous image and present her as a more serious figure. Le Figaro's photo editor was quoted as saying that they erased the ring because "We didn't want the ring to become the object of controversy". The photo editor emphasized that Miss Dati had "absolutely nothing to do with the decision."

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