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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
“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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