The Museum of Hoaxes
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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
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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