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Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
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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