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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Real Tsunami, Wrong Ocean
image A few days ago the Calgary Herald ran on its front page this dramatic photo of a tsunami wave crashing over a surprised group of people, along with the headline 'Tsunami death toll could pass 100,000'. The photo soon appeared elsewhere, such as on the start-up page of AOL. The problem is not that the photo itself is fake. It's not. It really does show a real tsunami wave. The problem is that it doesn't have anything to do with the recent Indian Ocean tsunami. As Nicole Bogdas of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel discovered:

This is a two-year-old Reuters photo of a tsunami in China. You might remember the event: a bunch of people went to watch the waves and it turned out to be bigger than they thought. Anyway, the doctor gave the photo to the mayor of Calgary--he'd saved it for fundraising purposes. The Mayor showed it during a presentation on tsunami aid and the herald asked if they could have it thinking it was from this tsunami.

The Herald apologized once it realized the error.
Update: Tamandua points out in the comments that this is a wave produced by a tidal bore, not a tsunami.
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 04, 2005
Comments (4)
Two hoaxes don't make a right. LOL

It's neither the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami nor a 2002 Chinese tsumani. It's a "tidal bore". I believe it's the Qiantang River in China.
Posted by Tamandua  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  02:08 AM
Ooh... That is one dramatic looking picture... Doesn't matter where it's from...
Posted by Fay-Fay  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  02:23 AM
Yeah, that doesn't look like sea-water.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  10:22 AM
What's a tidal bore?
Posted by Ralph  on  Sat Jan 08, 2005  at  02:56 PM
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