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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Sloth Family Portrait
Gapers Block offers the full story behind the famous "Sloth Family Portrait" revealing that yes, of course, the photo was intentionally staged. And no, it wasn't photoshopped in any way. And the sloth in the foreground was stuffed, not alive.

The story, summarized, is that the couple in the photo are Jim and Debbie Gallo, owners of Shangri-La Vintage, a Chicago vintage clothes store. They found the stuffed sloth at an estate sale in the early 1990s, bought it, and then thought it would be funny to dress up in tacky clothes and wigs and get their picture taken with it at the local K-Mart. The Sloth Family Portrait, and later internet fame, was the result.

Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 12, 2013
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