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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Use your left ear to detect lies
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Fairy Pools


This photo, identified as "The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland," started circulating online in Oct 2013. It attracted comments such as "oh my this is beyond beautiful." In reality, the picture shows the scenic Shotover River in New Zealand, where the vegetation is a normal shade of green. The vivid purple color is completely artificial, achieved by means of a color filter.

Below, the Shotover River as it looks without a purple filter:



Although the purple-hued image is a fake, there is indeed a location on the Isle of Skye known as the Fairy Pools. It's a set of waterfalls along the River Brittle in the south of the island. It's a popular tourist attract.

The real Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye (source: All That Is Interesting)


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