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Found online, Spring 2004
Camel Spiders in Iraq
It's true that camel spiders are very large, but much of the information about these creatures that accompanied this picture as it went around the internet was false.
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Circulating online since Feb 2004
Hanoi John
Not only had Fonda not shared the stage with Kerry, she hadn’t even attended the rally shown here.
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Thanksgiving 2003
Trophy Turkey
This photo appears to show President Bush serving dinner to troops during a surprise visit to Iraq on Thanksgiving Day, 2003. The image was widely published and credited with helping the President's popularity rise in polls. But the image was later criticized for being misleadingly captioned, because newspapers failed to mention that Bush was holding a decorative centerpiece not intended for consumption. The troops were actually fed turkey from steam trays.
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Found online in late August 2003
The Great Blackout of 2003
This fake photo circulated widely in the days following the Great Blackout of 2003.
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July 2003
The Real Julia
Julia Roberts' head was pasted onto a younger version of her body.
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Found online in 2003
Manitoba Home Security
A digital composite makes it appear that polar bears are relaxing outside someone's house.
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April 2003
Louis Vuitton Designer SARS Mask
The fashion designer never actually included a SARS mask in any of its collections.
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Created March 29, 2003.
British Soldier in Basra
This digital composite slipped past the editors of the LA Times and ran on the paper's front page.
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2003
Shuttle Columbia Explosion Photos
When the space shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, no cameras recorded the event. But online, a dramatic series of images of a space shuttle exploding began to circulate. They were said to have been taken "from an Israeli satellite in space." The pictures were actually screenshots from the opening scene of the movie Armageddon (1998), in which the space shuttle Atlantis is struck by meteorite fragments.
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February 2003
Kate Winslet’s Legs
Kate Winslet complained that photo editors made her look too skinny on this GQ cover.
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Late 2002
The Misleading Steak Premiere
A government investigation concluded there was a disparity between the amount of toppings shown in this ad, and the amount on the actual sandwich.
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Published Sep 20, 2002
The Lackawanna Shooter
A New York Times photographer was accused of staging this photo "like a fashion shoot."
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Circulating online since 2002.
Leftist Patriot
Senator Daschle's hand was digitally flipped to make it appear he was repeating the Pledge of Allegiance incorrectly.
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Found online, September 2002.
Bush Reads Book Upside-Down
In the original version of this photo, President Bush's book was not upside-down.
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July 29, 2002.
Mid-Island Fish
This ad was supposed to express support for Long Island, New York businesses, but viewers noticed it showed a Seattle fishmarket.
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Circulating online since September 2001.
Tourist Guy
Created by a Hungarian man as a bit of dark humor to share with his friends, this photo became one of the most widely viewed images online in the weeks after 9/11.
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Circulating online since Aug 2001
Helicopter Shark
Despite what this photo shows, a Great White shark has never attacked a helicopter in San Francisco Bay.
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1999
A Sonic Boom
Circulating online since 2001, with a caption claiming it was "a picture of a sonic boom." To many the photo seemed too sensational to be real, but in fact it was authentic, though the caption was misleading. Cones of condensation around planes are a common phenomenon, caused by a combination of humidity and aerodynamic pressure. A plane doesn't have to be breaking the sound barrier for a cone to form, but in this case the plane was about to do so.
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