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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Soldier Picture Follow-Up
image This is good. Some guy has created a program that lets you put whatever text you want on the sign held by those kids posing in the desert with an American soldier.
Also, Salon.com recently had an article about this picture, although I didn't think it was a particularly well researched article. The author tried to argue that the new ease with which images can be manipulated somehow poses a dangerous threat. It contains statements such as:

There was a time when photographs were synonymous with truth -- when you could be sure that what you saw in a picture actually occurred.

Oh, really? What period in history was that? Images have always been manipulated, and people have always known it can be done.

Then he warns that a doctored photo might be used for political dirty tricks, going on to state:

If a doctored photo ever does lead to the defeat of a political candidate or some other disaster -- puts the wrong guy in jail, say -- one immediate consequence might be a quick decline in the trust we have in pictures.

Reading this, I can only assume he doesn't know anything about the history of photography. What about the Tydings Affair, when Senator Tydings lost his 1950 Senate reelection bid because of a doctored photo? And William Randolph Hearst, of course, was notorious for using fake (or misleading) pictures in his newspapers for political purposes.
Categories: Military, Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Tue Apr 27, 2004
Comments (46)
Why is it that people have it in their heads that if they never thought of it before, then no one else has either?
You'd think that a journalist would do a little more research...I mean really...does this person really believe in jackalopes?
Posted by Gee  in  Boise  on  Tue Apr 27, 2004  at  02:01 PM
I think the idea of that salon article was mostly saying that it is alot easier now to doctor pictures. Then it was a while ago... that picture you referred to in "The Tydings Affair" was don't very poorly, just look at the picture. http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/photos/tydings.html
As the person posting that picture even says, the lighting is horrible and stuff.

The article in question just talks about the fact that nowadays that picture in the tydings affairs could be made even MORE realistic looking, and i dont think you would disagree.
Posted by scwscorpion  on  Mon Feb 26, 2007  at  12:53 PM
Jackelopes are real. I captured one here in Korea.
It's not a hoax. I'm an aviator, officer, no kiddin.
Surprised me.
They are not rabid, just horney as hell.
This one, logs onto 411 sites when I'm gone flying.
Posted by jack  in  korea  on  Sun Sep 02, 2007  at  02:14 PM
yep...a shame.
Posted by becker  on  Wed Feb 20, 2008  at  05:31 PM
too bad the URL is not working anymore. famous internet picture lol
Posted by sevenpics  in  Brazil  on  Sat Mar 22, 2008  at  06:34 PM
The article in question just talks about the fact that nowadays that picture in the tydings affairs could be made even MORE realistic looking, and i dont think you would disagree.<a >Downtown Toronto lofts</a>
Posted by Rick  in  Toronto  on  Sat Jun 07, 2008  at  02:53 PM
It is a shame in some cases that you can not always believe the photos you see are not what they originally were.
Posted by Water Damage  on  Fri Nov 28, 2008  at  09:09 AM
oo bad the URL is not working anymore. famous internet picture lol
Posted by Toronto condominiums  in  Canada  on  Wed Dec 03, 2008  at  10:14 AM
A photo can be manipulated using the latest technology and seem 100% untouched and original. Photo manipulation has become a huge problem because in many cases there is little to no evidence of the manipulation ever taking place!
Posted by Seo tactics  on  Sat Dec 13, 2008  at  05:20 AM
Are you kidding me. The movie stars and models would just die if they couldn't manipulate the photo!
Posted by hdtv antenna  on  Thu Jan 22, 2009  at  08:36 PM
Are you kidding me. The movie stars and models would just die if they couldn't manipulate the photo!
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Posted by  in  iran  on  Sat Feb 21, 2009  at  06:54 PM
Yeah... That's sad that nowadays we can't trust photos((
Posted by Alex Velickyi  in  Ukraine  on  Wed Feb 25, 2009  at  10:56 AM
A wounded Pittsburgh soldier's fight against the military has now become a national debate, and tonight, it is part of the race for President.
Posted by paying guest in mumbai  in  Sivakasi  on  Thu Mar 05, 2009  at  06:54 AM
The movie stars and models would just die if they couldn't manipulate the photo!
Posted by grang  in  Almaty  on  Thu Mar 12, 2009  at  02:00 PM
The article in question just talks about the fact that nowadays that picture in the tydings affairs could be made even MORE realistic looking
Posted by markedone  in  Almaty  on  Thu Mar 12, 2009  at  02:03 PM
I can only assume that i doesn't know anything about the history of photography. smirk
Posted by Girls Mats  in  India  on  Mon Mar 16, 2009  at  05:39 AM
The author tried to argue that the new ease with which images can be manipulated somehow poses a dangerous threat. grin
Posted by Shutters  in  India  on  Thu Mar 19, 2009  at  02:37 AM
Images always manipulated, and people always knew it. People want to be better.
Posted by Viktor  in  Ukraine  on  Thu Mar 26, 2009  at  06:45 PM
Good post. Thanks for information., I liked this post.
Posted by ams779  on  Sun Jun 14, 2009  at  07:31 AM
The picture is so small.. it seems of Afghanistan.
Posted by Indie  in  New York  on  Thu Jul 23, 2009  at  01:58 PM
gr8 work thanks alot my friend
Posted by aflam  in  usa  on  Fri Jul 24, 2009  at  07:29 PM
I feel image is too little to watch out.
Posted by Thiru  in  India  on  Thu Sep 10, 2009  at  02:44 AM
Great post. I liked it. Keep it up.
Posted by pankajtheviewspaper  in  India  on  Sat Oct 10, 2009  at  01:18 AM
there are some sweet gems in here Shel. Thank you.
Posted by Odesa  in  Germany  on  Fri Oct 30, 2009  at  06:01 AM
Great post. Thank you!
Posted by squeem  in  New York  on  Fri Nov 20, 2009  at  06:37 AM
It is a shame in some cases that you can not always believe the photos you see are not what they originally were
Posted by Odesa  in  Turkey  on  Wed Nov 25, 2009  at  07:05 PM
"The movie stars and models would just die if they couldn't manipulate the photo!"
I agree.
Posted by torpedo gratis  on  Wed Dec 16, 2009  at  09:58 AM
You would think that people know better in this era of special effects. I for one do not believe any more on everything I see.
Posted by Sam Green  on  Sat Jan 09, 2010  at  03:59 PM
thnx
Posted by Dergi  in  home  on  Mon Jan 11, 2010  at  07:13 AM
My son is a photographer and he says that you could have a poster on the background and make look like you took the from anywhere.
Posted by Sam Green  on  Sat Jan 23, 2010  at  04:32 PM
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