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The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
In February 1964, Scandinavian Airlines placed an advertisement in newspapers and magazines throughout America. It featured a bikini-clad blonde model posing on a rock above the caption "What to show your wife in Scandinavia."


The image above shows the ad as it appeared in most publications. However, the version (below) that appeared in the Los Angeles Times had one detail altered. The editors of the Times, in order to "conform to regulations," removed her belly button.


Los Angeles Times, February 10, 1964

Links and References
Los Angeles Times. (Feb 10, 1964).
Out, Damned Spot! (Mar 6, 1964). Time.


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