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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
A black lion: real or fake?
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Manitoba Home Security

The image showing lazy polar bears relaxing outside a suburban home has circulated online since around 2003. It's often captioned "Manitoba Home Security." (Other city names are sometimes substituted.) Obviously no one would want to approach this home.

In reality, the image is a photomontage. The polar bears were cut-and-pasted from an image (below) titled "Bad Boys of the Arctic" taken in Hudson Bay, Canada by nature and wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen. The original has also circulated online (unattributed) with the caption "Lazy Polar Bears."


Links and References
Bad Boys of the Arctic. Thomas D. Mangelsen's Images of Nature.


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