The Museum of Hoaxes
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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Fake Air France Footage
Posted by Peter in the forum:
TV station airs Lost as Air France crash footage
A BOLIVIAN television news channel has been left red-faced after falling for a hoax that saw it claim pictures from the hit TV show Lost were actually the last moment of Air France flight AF447 before it plunged into the ocean on June 1. Source

This confirms my theory that should a suitably dramatic picture of a major event not exist, one will be created. It's because our culture craves visual images. And hoaxers are always ready to supply what we crave.

For more examples of this phenomenon, see the gallery Imagining Disaster in the Hoax Photo Archive. In particular, the photos that circulated after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, supposedly taken by an Israeli satellite, but really screen shots from the movie Armageddon.
Categories: Entertainment, Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 24, 2009
Comments (1)
The same scene made already the rounds some years ago by email. (http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/brazil737.asp) In fact the "photos" were exactly the same as the screenshot in the article.
Posted by myce  in  Germany  on  Wed Jun 24, 2009  at  09:07 AM
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