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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Pig Rescues Baby Goat Hoax
Back in September 2012, a video was uploaded to youtube showing a pig rescuing a baby goat that was supposedly stuck in a pond at a petting zoo.


The video got millions of views on youtube and was widely aired in the media (including being shown on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News, and Fox News). Yesterday, it was revealed to be entirely staged.

It was created for a Comedy Central series, "Nathan For You," which is debuting this week (thus the timing of the reveal). The pig was directed toward the goat by means of an underwater plexiglass ramp.

The New York Times has a fairly long article about the video hoax, including comments from some media critics who take the news organizations to task for not questioning the video. Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute says, "It really is embarrassing for the journalists who stumbled upon this and decided to promote it or share it with their audience. It's almost a form of malpractice."

Comedy Central has posted a follow-up video showing exactly how the original video was made.

Categories: Videos
Posted by The Curator on Wed Feb 27, 2013
Comments (1)
And I was JUST going to post that here! I was one who thought this delightful when it first went viral too! Is there not a THING on the internet that is really REAL??? I think now that North Korea is probably a hoax-conspiracy!
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Wed Feb 27, 2013  at  10:39 AM
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