The Museum of Hoaxes
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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
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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