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war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Martha’s Last Laugh
Martha Stewart was shown stepping out from behind parted curtains, as if walking out onto a stage. This Newsweek cover ran when Stewart was due to leave a federal prison in West Virginia. The headline read, “"Martha’s Last Laugh: After Prison She’s Thinner, Wealthier & Ready for Prime Time.” However, Stewart had not actually posed for the photo. The Newsweek editors had attached her head to the body of a model. The magazine was criticized because there was no indication on the cover that the image was a composite. Readers would only have known this if they noticed the photo credit inside the magazine, on page three, that read: “Cover: Photo illustration by Michael Elins ... head shot by Marc Bryan-Brown.”


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