The Museum of Hoaxes
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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
High-Pressure Hijinks
A soldier appears to be lifted in the air by the pressure from a water hose. The source of this photo is uncertain. Mark Sloan credits it to "The New York Times; courtesy National Archives and Wide World Photos."

It is unlikely the soldier actually was lifted in the air by the pressure from the hose. For a start, the blast from the hose is not directed at his center of gravity. Therefore, it would not be pushing him upwards. Some have noted that the soldier resembles Buster Keaton. If it is Keaton, then this may be a scene from a movie, in which case the effect most likely was created with hidden wires. Although the picture was obviously intended as a joke, its status is listed as undetermined since it is not clear what technique was used to create it.

Links and References
Sloan, M. (1990). Hoaxes, Humbugs, and Spectacles. Villard Books: p.114.


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