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History is rife with fakes. In 1983, the German magazine Stern announced that it had acquired previously undocumented diaries written by Hitler, a find British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper initially heralded as “an archive of great historical significance.” In reality, however, an illustrator named Konrad Kujau had penned the volumes himself. Thanks to the scrutiny of historians at the German Federal Archive, they were soon revealed to be forgeries and the so-called “Hitler Diaries” became a cautionary tale about media frenzies.

The world is fascinated with a newly discovered photo that claims to show Amelia Earhart being held by the Japanese in 1937. That's supposed to be her in the photo above with her back to the camera. The only problem is that experts at the US National Archives aren't so sure about key assertions made in some of this week's sensationalistic headlines.