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Dog wins art contest, 1974
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Kate Winslet’s Legs
Photo editors at British GQ digitally massaged Kate Winslet's legs to make her appear taller and skinnier in the cover photo than she really was. They did so despite the fact that in her interview inside the magazine Winslet boasted about being more rounded, saying that all the men she knew "like girls to have an arse on them."

Winslet later claimed the photo editors reduced her legs by a third of their size. "I was pretty proud of how my legs actually looked in the real picture," she was quoted as saying. "I have Polaroids from the shoot and I thought I looked fine." Editor-in-chief Dylan Baker acknowledged the alteration, but claimed it had been done with Winslet's approval. Winslet said, "It just was important to me to let people know that digital retouching happens all the time. It's probably happened to just about every other well-known actress on the face of the planet."

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