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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Martyr Lincoln
Following the assassination of Lincoln, the Army did not allow any pictures to be taken of him in his casket. Therefore, con artists stepped in to fill the demand. The top image was one of many that circulated purporting to show the dead President, but it is fake. Whoever the man is lying down, pretending to be dead, it is not Lincoln.

The bottom image is the only known authentic death photo of Lincoln. It shows him lying in state in New York City Hall, ten days after his assassination. It was taken by Garvey and Son, New York photographers. They later destroyed the original plate and all prints of it, except for one.

Links and References
"Rare Photo." (Feb 11, 1967). The Washington Post.
Brugioni, D. (1999). Photo Fakery. Brassey's: 36.


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