The Museum of Hoaxes
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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
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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