The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Migrant Mother Makeover
As an April Fool's Day joke, the editors of Popular Photography ran an article about how Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" photo (bottom) could be saved.

Lange took the photo during the Great Depression. The mother in the scene is considered an iconic symbol of endurance and strength. But the editors of Popular Photography erased her wrinkles, softened her gaze, and removed her kids, transforming her into a smooth-faced soccer mom (top).

Their readers, not realizing the article was a spoof, were horrified. Hundreds wrote in to express outrage at the defacement of such a classic image.

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