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The Rhythm of the Trees


The Manchester City Art Gallery received over 1000 entries for its 1993 Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition.

Cheeseburger Oreos


Recently a photo circulated on social media showing Cheeseburger Oreos. No, there is no such flavor. The photo originates from the Wreckless Eating YouTube channel, which features a pair of guys who eat weird combinations of food.

Sponge-Throwing Painters of the Ancient World


An ancient legend described the role of chance in art — a sponge flung in anger at a canvas accidentally produced the exact effect a painter had been striving for.

The Man on Page 602


Was a male model's genitalia really visible in the 1975 Sears Fall/Winter catalog? We add some new evidence to this old debate.

Playing football as fire rages


The image shows a crowd sitting in bleachers calmly watching a football game, apparently unconcerned as a building burns to the ground behind them.

Cat Gives Birth to a Chihuahua


Jia Weinuan, a 74-year-old man who lives in China, claims that his cat has given birth to a Chihuahua.

The Art of Fake News


I have a new book to add to my reading list of hoaxes. It's Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, by A.

Man Catches Fur-Bearing Trout


Wisconsin-resident George Weber says he was fishing in the Menomonee River when he caught this unusual fish.

USS Los Angeles lifts navy ship into the air


The 5 April 1931 issue of the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung contained this spectacular photo: A caption offered this explanation (translated from German): An exciting incident in fleet maneuvers off the California coast: The airship "Los Angeles," blown by a gust of wind, lifts the mothership, to whose mast it is anchored, into the air.

140-year-old Tortoise Wears Son As Hat


A viral image claims to show a 140-year-old tortoise wearing her 5-day-old son as a hat. Is this true or false?

‘Poo in Beards’ Goes Viral


Earlier this month (May 2015) a news story went viral claiming that a scientific study had found some beards contain "more poo than a toilet" (as the Mirror phrased it).

The All-Female Clockwork Oranges Gang


Since 2013, an image has circulated online which shows a group of women dressed in old-fashioned men's clothing.

The Naked Office


Did a San Francisco company boost morale by having its employees all work in their birthday suits for a month?

Nepal Quake Victims Photo


Following the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, numerous pictures of the aftermath of the tragedy were shared on social media.

Burger With a Side of Fries


Do Mr. Burger and Mr. Fries really have tombstones next to each other? I recently saw this image posted on reddit, where it was met with some skepticism.

Manhole Cover on Stairs


This image has circulated online since at least 2013, and recently it's been doing the rounds again. Often it's given the caption, "Best Manhole Cover.

The Composite Princetonian


On March 27, 1940, the front page of The Daily Princetonian carried a photo that it described as the "Composite Princetonian." It explained that the photo had been created by a campus literary society, the In & Out Club, whose members had spent four months analyzing the photos of 2,100 Princeton undergrads, and had then selected 12 who best exemplified the varieties of types on campus.

Killer Whale Attacks Bear


Does this photo show a killer whale attacking a bear? No big surprise here. The photo is fake. I'm not sure how many people actually ever believed it was real, but Snopes reported that a number of people "pondered it seriously and questioned its authenticity." The photo originated as an April Fool's Day joke posted on the Heart of Vancouver Island Facebook page.

Edward Mordake—A Mystery Solved


In which I argue that the two-faced man Edward Mordake was really the literary creation of the 19th-century poet Charles Lotin Hildreth.

The Origin of the Word Canard


'Canard' is the French word for duck, but in both French and English it can also mean a false or absurd story, particularly one printed in a newspaper.


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