The Museum of Hoaxes
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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
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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