The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The worms inside your face
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Disappearing Nipples
A photo of Kate Moss taken by celebrity portraitist Sante D'Orazio appeared on the July 19, 1993 cover of Australia's Who Weekly (bottom -- original in color). The magazine used it to illustrate an article about the super-skinny look being the latest fad in the world of modelling.

Six months later the same photo appeared on the cover of American Photo. But careful readers might have noticed a few differences. The image was flipped horizontally, reversing left and right. But more significantly, Moss's nipples had disappeared. American Photo only revealed the deletion in a later issue, in response to a letter to the editor. Its editors stated they had decided to digitally remove Moss's nipples "as a matter of taste." However, a smaller, nippled version of the photo had appeared inside the same issue of the magazine, on the contents page.

Links and References
Hartley, J. (1996). Popular Reality: Journalism, Modernity, Popular Culture. Arnold: pgs 17-20.


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