The Museum of Hoaxes
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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
“I can promise, this will never get done”
This image, appearing to show President Bush sitting in the Oval Office struggling to solve a Rubik's Cube, has been circulating online with the caption, "I can promise, this will never get done." People often speculate that it's "photoshopped." But this is not true. Digital fakery was not used to create it. However, nor is that President Bush in the photo. It's a lookalike. The image is the work of artist Alison Jackson -- one of an ongoing series of photos staged, using lookalikes, to portray "celebrities ostensibly caught unawares" (as an exhibit of her work explains). In other photos she has depicted Paris Hilton receiving a pedicure while in prison, Prince William trying on a crown while naked, and Mick Jagger hanging out underwear.

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