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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Naked Chef
jamie oliverHere's a picture of the 2004 calendar of Jamie Oliver (aka The Naked Chef). Note the suggestively placed piece of bread. This image originally appeared on the website of Boots, which is a British pharmacy. And it quickly attracted attention, at which point Boots cropped the image in order to remove the offending piece of bread. I can't find another picture of the calendar anywhere online to compare this picture to, but I'm assuming that the piece of bread must have been photoshopped in. Probably by a mischievous Boots employee.

Update 2 (11/17/03): David Emery reports that he was able to find the real version of the Jamie Oliver 2004 calendar, and it looks nothing like the fake version that appeared on the Boots website. Oh, and what I thought was a piece of bread was actually a brown paper bag that had been photoshopped.
Update 3 (11/18/03): jamie oliverDavid Emery has done some great sleuthing and discovered that the Jamie Oliver calendar being sold by Boots is absolutely real and unaltered. Boots sent him a full-size image of the calendar cover (which he was kind enough to forward along to me). It shows Jamie taking oranges out of a paper bag and peeling them. Full-size the image looks quite innocent, but shrunk down to thumbnail size, the position and shape of the paper bag becomes rather suggestive. Personally I think that whoever created that calendar must have been aware of the two ways of viewing that paper bag when they chose that image. It's an old advertising strategy: put a bit of subliminal (or not so subliminal) sexual imagery in an ad and watch the product fly off the shelf.
Categories: Celebrities, Photos/Videos, Sex/Romance
Posted by The Curator on Sat Nov 15, 2003
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