The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
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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