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The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Cursed by Allah
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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