The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Cursed by Allah
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
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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