The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Tip of the Iceberg
This image was created by professional photographer Ralph Clevenger. He's been quoted as saying:
"I created the image as a way of illustrating the concept of what you get is not necessarily what you see. As a professional photographer I knew that I couldn't get an actual shot of an iceberg the way I envisioned it, so I created the final image by compositing several images I had taken. The two halves of the iceberg are two separate shots, one taken in Alaska and one taken in Antarctica (neither is underwater). The only underwater part is the background taken off the coast of California. The sky is the last component. It took a lot of research on lighting and scale to get the berg to look real."

Clevenger intended the photo to be a work of art. He never claimed it was an unmanipulated photo. However, it subsequently found its way online where someone appended a caption stating that the photo "came from a Rig Manager for Global Marine Drilling in St. Johns, Newfoundland. They actually have to divert the path of these things away from the rig by towing them with ships!" Global Marine Drilling is a real company, but it had nothing to do with this photo.

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