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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Nest of a Fatu-Liva
The Cruise of the Kawa: Wanderings in the South Seas was a tongue-in-cheek travel book presented to the public as the real-life adventures of Walter E. Traprock and his band of compatriots on the (non-existent) Filbert Islands in the South Pacific. The book included this picture of the nest of the bizarre Fatu-Liva, a bird that supposedly lay square, spotted eggs. The caption noted: "Skeptics have said that it would be impossible to lay a square egg. To which the author is justly entitled to say: 'The camera never lies.'" The picture demonstrates, satirically, that a caption can falsify a picture just as well as darkroom tricks can. The square eggs are, of course, dice.

Links and References
Traprock, W.E. (1921). The Cruise of the Kawa: Wanderings in the South Seas. G.P. Putnam's Sons: pg.124.
Photo Categories: Humor, 1920-1939


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