The Museum of Hoaxes
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A black lion: real or fake?
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Cursed by Allah
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
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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