The Museum of Hoaxes
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Use your left ear to detect lies
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Lackawanna Shooter
The New York Times ran this dramatic photo of a young boy of Arabic descent aiming a toy gun outside an Arabian food store in Lackawanna, New York. The scene was near to where an al-Qaeda sleeper cell had allegedly recently operated. The photo was taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Ed Keating. But rival photographers present at the scene accused Keating of staging the shot, claiming he had arranged the scene “like a fashion shoot.” Keating denied the allegations, but was nevertheless forced to resign from the Times.

Links and References
What's wrong with this picture? (Nov/Dec 2002). Columbia Journalism Review.
Photo Categories: Staged Scene, Photojournalism, 2000-2004

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