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Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Use your left ear to detect lies
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
M.C. Escher Golf
This image of golfers Phil Mickelson (left) and Tiger Woods (right) was taken by Stuart Franklin for Getty Images during the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club. However, it was only when it ran in the Washington Post Express two years later (appearing in the June 12, 2008 issue) that it attracted attention. Readers noticed that Mickelson appeared to be simultaneously in front of and behind Woods. Critics suggested this effect was caused by careless digital alteration.

The photo editor of the Washington Post Express insisted he had merely acquired the photo from Getty Images and had not altered it in any way. Getty did not comment. It is possible the strange effect was created by the use of a telephoto lens. Therefore, this photo is listed as undetermined.

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