The Museum of Hoaxes
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Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
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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