The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Samsung invents the on/off switch
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.

Links and References


All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.