The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Suicidal Teens Welcome
The sign in the window of the armed forces recruiting center (top) reads, "Suicidal Teens Welcome! Enlist Here!" The image is almost certainly fake. It would be a simple matter to paste the sign into the image, and then use Photoshop's opacity tool to blend the sign into the window, making it appear to be behind the glass.

Some have speculated that the hoaxer could have surreptitiously placed the sign in the window of the recruiting center and then quickly snapped the picture. This is possible but unlikely since it would be far easier to digitally alter the image then to stage the shot in real life.

The sign is a reference to an episode of The Simpsons (screenshot, bottom) in which a similar sign was shown in the window of an army recruiting center.

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