The Museum of Hoaxes
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Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
A black lion: real or fake?
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
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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