The Museum of Hoaxes
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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
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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