The Museum of Hoaxes
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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Wisconsin’s Capitol Collapses
The Madison Capital-Times ran this photo on its front page to accompany an article, in honor of April Fool's Day, about the dome of the Wisconsin state capitol supposedly collapsing because "large quantities of gas, generated through many weeks of verbose debate in the Senate and Assembly chambers, had in some way been ignited."

By modern standards the picture looks phony, but many readers in 1933 were fooled. One particularly irate reader wrote in declaring the hoax "was not only tactless and void of humor, but also a hideous jest."

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