The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Cursed by Allah
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Lincoln’s Portrait

The standing portrait of Lincoln (left) was created soon after the American Civil War. Although it hung in many classrooms, Lincoln never posed for it. Instead, an unknown entrepreneur created it by cutting-and-pasting a headshot of Lincoln taken from a photograph by Mathew Brady (middle) onto a portrait of the Southern leader John Calhoun (right). This was done because there were hardly any appropriate ‘heroic-style’ portraits of Lincoln made during his life. In the Calhoun image, the papers on the table say “strict constitution,” “free trade,” and “the sovereignty of the states.” In the Lincoln image, these words have been changed to read, “constitution,” “union,” and “proclamation of freedom.”

Links and References
MacDougall, C. (1958, 2nd ed.). Hoaxes. Dover Publications: 80.
Mitchell, W.J. (1992). The Reconfigured Eye. MIT Press: 204-208.


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