The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Fake Fish Photos
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
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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