The Museum of Hoaxes
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war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
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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