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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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