The Museum of Hoaxes
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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Daily Mirror Hoaxed
The photos of British soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners published by the Daily Mirror turn out to have been staged, as was speculated since the photos first saw the light of day. The board of the Daily Mirror has apologized for printing them and fired its editor, Piers Morgan. Tip-offs that the photos were fake included:
  • One soldier was carrying a type of rifle not issued to soldiers in Iraq
  • The soldiers were wearing the wrong type of hat
  • One of the vehicles shown in a photo was a type not deployed in Iraq
  • There was no sweat or injuries on the prisoner who had supposedly been tortured for eight hours
  • The people in the pictures looked like they were standing still and posing
The BBC also has an interesting, short article detailing other famous cases in which newspapers have been hoaxed, the most famous instance probably being the 1983 case of the Hitler Diaries.
Categories: Journalism, Military
Posted by The Curator on Sun May 16, 2004
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