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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The worms inside your face
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Mid-Island Fish
Keyspan Energy Corp ran an ad in Newsday in which it used this picture (apparently of Long Island fishmongers) to express its commitment to the people of Long Island. The concept was that local businesses should rely on a local company for their electricity. But astute readers soon noticed that the fishmongers were holding up King Salmon, a species found only in the Pacific.

When challenged, Keyspan admitted it had used a stock photo of fishmongers standing in Seattle's Pike Place Market (nowhere near Long Island). It had digitally inserted the words "Mid-Island Fish" onto their aprons. Keyspan subsequently reshot the ad using the owner of a local Long Island fish store. The new ad read, "Want to meet a real fish company?"

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