The Museum of Hoaxes
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A black lion: real or fake?
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Real Julia
Although Julia Roberts appeared on the cover of Redbook, she had not posed for the magazine. To create the image, Redbook combined an image of her head, from a paparazzi shot taken at the 2002 People’s Choice awards, with a shot of her body taken four years previously at the movie premiere of Notting Hill. Ironically, the headline on the magazine read “The Real Julia.” Julia Roberts complained, and Redbook apologized. Roberts’ publicist responded, “it’s a shame they didn’t use the body that went with the head, because it was a great Giorgio Armani pantsuit.”


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