The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Shuttle Columbia Explosion Photos
When the space shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, no cameras recorded the event. But online, a dramatic series of images of a space shuttle exploding began to circulate. They were said to have been taken "from an Israeli satellite in space."

The pictures were actually screenshots from the opening scene of the Touchstone Pictures movie Armageddon (1998). In the movie the space shuttle Atlantis is struck by meteorite fragments. An unknown hoaxer lifted these images from a DVD of the movie, added the phony caption, and set the pictures loose on the web.














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