The Museum of Hoaxes
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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Fetal Footprint
The source of this photo remains unknown, making it difficult to say with certainty whether it is real or fake. However, it is very probably fake. Although a woman will often see her belly bulge when a baby thrusts out a limb, the abdominal wall is too muscular and thick to allow a footprint to be seen with this clarity. The only way a fetal footprint could be seen in this way would be in the rare case of an ectopic pregnancy, which involves a fetus developing outside the uterus. This condition can be life-threatening for both mother and baby, but this photo does not appear to show an ectopic pregnancy. In addition, the footprint seems disproportionately large for a fetus.


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