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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
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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