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Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Caption Contest
And the winner of the 'contest to pick a contest idea' was... ME!!! Yeah, apparently my proposal to have a caption contest was the overall favorite. So I'll be keeping the copy of the book (at least for now... I'll probably give it away later).

Anyway, now on to the real contest. I've selected an image. The challenge is to think up a caption or accompanying text for the image. Or, if you're so inclined, you can photoshop the image. I don't mind. Just do something creative with it using whatever tools you have at hand (either words or an image editor). But if you photoshop the image, you'll need to upload it to a web server (such as one of the free image hosting sites) so we all can see it.

The prize will be a copy of A Treasury of Deception by Michael Farquhar ("Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes, and Frauds"). (I promise I won't award the book to myself in this contest.)

Here's the image:

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I'll decide who the winner is on Dec. 20.
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Fri Dec 16, 2005
Comments (54)
The children knew at once that the grass wasn't going to be greener on the other side of this fence.
Posted by trident87  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  01:07 AM
GOLIATH VS. MEDUSA--coming soon to theaters.
Posted by Citizen Premier  in  spite of public outcry  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  01:39 AM
To be honest, though, I don't think this image lends itself to many possiblities...
Posted by Citizen Premier  in  spite of public outcry  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  01:41 AM
The Teacher is saying
'You see what taking drugs does for you? This person is obviously stoned.'
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  02:06 AM
Or he's saying
'And this is one of Rodin's most famous scultures, 'Man hit by golf ball.'
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  02:59 AM
"We'd be learning the writing styles of Michael Farquhar right now, but NOOOO, Alex had to keep the book for himself!"

lol
Posted by Mike  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  05:57 AM
"I'm inclided to think that this marketing gimmick for homeopathic kidney stone relief won't turn out to be phenomenal success."
Posted by VL  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  08:01 AM
Plaster dummy: guaranteed to keep children absent-minded
Posted by Enrique  in  Brussels  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  10:22 AM
I don't know, Citizen. A group of kids, obviously bored to tears, gathered around a ten-foot statue of a naked man, while some guy in a 19th-century outfit is pointing something out to them. I figured there had to be comedic possibilities there.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  10:28 AM
So when I pull this lever the the stone giant will be catapulted on to that small plinth over yonder, and this should demonstrate why cranes where invented.
Posted by Iridium  in  Middlesbrough  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  10:41 AM
Posted by Darren Crauthers  in  Tulsa  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  10:55 AM
And here children, we can plainly see the effects of Botox abuse on the goddess Aphrodite.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  10:56 AM
Twelve years after his death, the line of mourners paying their last respects to Andre the Giant is dwindling down.
Posted by Chris Carlisle  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  11:19 AM
Man with tie:"You there, young man. You with the finger in the ear. It's not polite to stare at dead giants...uh, feet. Please focus on me."
Posted by Patrick  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  12:52 PM
new cane and tie $35.00
field trip admission to a museum $100
trying to explain to a bunch of kids why a petrified giant is touching himself
....PRICLESS
Posted by kieran  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  12:54 PM
Can we enter in more than one caption? Or just one, and we can change it from time to time?

Alex Boese IS The Cardiff Giant IN "The Display at Farmer's MURDER"!
Posted by Yaanu  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  12:57 PM
Now, little Johnny, what did I tell you about bringing your mama's sex toys to school for science projects???
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  02:14 PM
"...And this is what God does to those who self-abuse. Now, on to the 7th circle."
Posted by Seano  in  MA  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  02:16 PM
Ooh, good one Seano.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  02:28 PM
Archaeologists and art students alike ponder the identity of the sculptor of the Adonis Di Milo.
Posted by Yvonne  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  02:29 PM
THIS Week on "Extreme Nip & Tuck": Fixing Michaelangelo's Mistakes!
Posted by Jeremy Osborn  in  Vancouver, BC  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  02:47 PM
"Tickle, Tickle, Tickle"
Posted by MtgAceSooner  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  03:57 PM
The statue is saying
'If you'd been on display 24 hours a day for the last 8 weeks, you'd be dying for a pee too!'
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  05:10 PM
caption: Petrified Man on Exhibit at Big Wells, Texas Museum
Posted by Fernando  in  Big Wells, TX  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  05:23 PM
Well spotted Billy, the hoax is NO penis is that large.
Posted by Dave  in  Oztralia  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  06:39 PM
smile my contest entry, photoshopped with a caption

Posted by Tony Pax  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  06:44 PM
Note to self: Your naked body is crumbling away as a group of snot-nosed kids stare at you over a white picket fence. Next time you wish for immortality, be more specific.
Posted by Rochelle  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  06:50 PM
"Don't touch the sculpture, Niles."
"But <u>he's</u> touching <u>him</u>self!"
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Posted by The Scotsman  in  California  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  06:59 PM
You see, children, when I was a boy, our nearest neighbor was 12 miles away. I had no friends, but chewing gum was plentiful. We had to be resourceful in those days!
Posted by Bill Rock  in  conclusion  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  09:24 PM
Little boy says, "See, I TOLD you we needed more bathroom breaks during gym class!"
Posted by Crazygirl  in  San Diego  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  10:37 PM
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