The Museum of Hoaxes
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Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
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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