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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
A black lion: real or fake?
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
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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