The Museum of Hoaxes
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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
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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