The Museum of Hoaxes
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Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Fake Fish Photos
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
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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