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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Fake Fish Photos
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
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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