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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
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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