The Museum of Hoaxes
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Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Fake Fish Photos
Cursed by Allah
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Oprah’s Head Transplant
Oprah Winfrey appeared on the cover of TV Guide (top) lounging in a gauzy dress on top of a pile of money. She looked glamorous, but only the head belonged to her. The body came from a 1979 publicity shot of Ann-Margret (bottom -- original in color) taken for a Rockette special.

The composite was created without the permission of either Oprah or Ann-Margret, and was detected when Ann-Margret’s fashion designer recognized the dress. Ann-Margret’s publicist said, “If you look at the two pictures, they’re identical. It’s even her ring on Oprah’s hand.” Oprah Winfrey’s spokesman said, “Oprah would not pose on a pile of money like that nor would she pose in that revealing a dress.” TV Guide instructed the artist who created the photo “not to use photographs so literally” in the future.

Links and References
Lester, P. (1991). Photojournalism: An Ethical Approach. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: pg. 126.


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