For far too long, people believed that Theodore Roosevelt once rode a moose across a river. It was just the kind of thing he would do, after all -and we have a photograph! Alas, the photo is not real, but the story behind it is rather interesting. It was part of a newspaper illustration that featured three of the four candidates running for president in 1912. William Howard Taft was shown riding an elephant, Woodrow Wilson was on a donkey, and Roosevelt was placed on a moose. Yep, each candidate was astride the symbol of their political party. Strangely, all three men served in the office: Roosevelt was president from 1901 to 1909, Taft was running as the incumbent, and Wilson won the election. Eugene Debs of the Socialist Party also ran, but did not make the cut for the illustration. That’s one fake historical picture; read about four others at Cracked.
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