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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Fake Fish Photos
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Cursed by Allah
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Waterboard Thrill Ride
Visitors to New York's Coney Island amusement park now have the opportunity to try the "Waterboard Thrill Ride." As the sign outside proclaims, "It don't Gitmo better!" According to Reuters:

A man with a black hood pours water on the face of a prisoner in an orange jumpsuit strapped to a table... The scene using robotic dolls is an installation built by artist Steve Powers to criticize waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique the United States has admitted using on terrorism suspects, but that rights group say is torture...
The public can peek through window bars and feed a dollar into the slot to bring the robotic dolls into action.

It reminds me of the Abu Ghraib Prison Fantasy Camp, which was the creation of our very own Cranky Media Guy.

More broadly, it fits into the theme of Reality Tourism, other examples of which that I've posted about in the past include the "Khmer Rouge Experience Cafe" in Cambodia that served customers the watery gruel that people ate in the Killing Fields.

There's also "Communism: The Theme Park": An amusement park planned for outside Berlin where people could experience life under communism. As well as a nazi command post in Poland that was turned into a theme resort.

And last but not least: Croatian Club Med, where tourists who wanted to experience life in a hard-labor camp were issued convict uniforms and given the opportunity to pound large stones with a sledgehammer and haul the pieces on their back to quarries around the prison.
Categories: Art, Hate Crimes/Terror, Places
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 08, 2008
Comments (4)
I'll bet you anything the Coney Island version cost a lot less money than the one devised by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and company.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Boca Chica, Texas  on  Fri Aug 08, 2008  at  01:30 PM
You know, I'm so stupid that I completely forgot about my own Abu Ghraib Fantasy Camp. Duh. I really have to start paying attention to my own life.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sat Aug 09, 2008  at  04:57 AM
And yet . . . There are many people, some of whom I know, who would enjoy such an experience so long as it was controlled for safety purposes.
Posted by DFStuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Mon Aug 18, 2008  at  08:20 PM
Just these days, the Luna Park, an amusement park in Fr
Posted by Christophe Thill  on  Sun Aug 24, 2008  at  03:25 PM
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