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Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
M.C. Escher Golf
This image of golfers Phil Mickelson (left) and Tiger Woods (right) was taken by Stuart Franklin for Getty Images during the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club. However, it was only when it ran in the Washington Post Express two years later (appearing in the June 12, 2008 issue) that it attracted attention. Readers noticed that Mickelson appeared to be simultaneously in front of and behind Woods. Critics suggested this effect was caused by careless digital alteration.

The photo editor of the Washington Post Express insisted he had merely acquired the photo from Getty Images and had not altered it in any way. Getty did not comment. It is possible the strange effect was created by the use of a telephoto lens. Therefore, this photo is listed as undetermined.

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