The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Fake Fish Photos
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Street Urchins Tossing Chestnuts
A street urchin tosses a chestnut in the air as his bored companion looks on. It may look like a real-life scene caught by the camera, but in fact it is staged. Cameras were too slow in the 1850s to record something as quick-moving as a tossed chestnut. Therefore Oscar Rejlander (who is sometimes called the Father of Art Photography) suspended a chestnut in mid-air with a piece of fine thread in order to create the scene. The thread is barely visible if you examine a larger version of the picture.

Links and References
Lester, P. (1991). Photojournalism: An Ethical Approach. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 92.


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