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Category: Photos/Videos
The Real East Coast Blackout
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 03, 2003
A visitor sent me this photo of the Real East Coast Blackout of 2003. It definitely represents an improvement over that phony blackout picture that was circulating last week.
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Elk Bath Picture
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 26, 2003
It's a spectacular (and by now quite famous) photo. Two elks stand in a river as an inferno rages behind them. But is the picture real?
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Blackout Photo Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 21, 2003
A photo of last week's blackout showing a startling dark patch in the northeast is going around. It looks like a fake to me.
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They Captured ET
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 12, 2003
Talk about a pain in the neck. Photoshop has made this guy look a bit like a giraffe, or E.T. This photo has been circulating via email for a few months. It's usually titled 'They finally captured E.T." or some variation of that. I think it's fair to conclude that the neck and stomach of the man being led away by the police officer have been digitally enlarged. Note the boxy pixellation where the photoshopper cut-and-pasted to lengthen the neck: (thanks to Karen Robinson for sending this).
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Too Skinny?
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 08, 2003
Here are some images that have been circulating around of anorexically skinny fashion models. Are these models actually this skinny, or have the images been touched up by someone trying to make the fashion industry look like a gallery of horrors? I'm not sure. (Warning: one of the images may not be considered safe for work, though it's no racier than what you'd find in your average issue of National Geographic).
Is Popeface a hoax?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 04, 2003
In response to a posting I made on July 16 questioning the authenticity of an image showing the pope sticking his tongue out, the webmaster of popeface.com has contacted me to insist that popeface is not a hoax. I'm still a little skeptical. It could be genuine, but it's such an odd picture that it immediately triggers my suspicions. Why were the negatives destroyed? Why is he selling it through a website, rather than through more normal channels such as an auction house or even eBay?
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Popeface
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 17, 2003
Here's the latest thing making the rounds in Italy. It's Popeface! Supposedly a picture of the Pope taken during the '80s in which he's sticking his tongue out and making a strange grimace. Prints of it are being offered for sale at popeface.com. Of course, the seller doesn't specify how much he's asking for it. He only tells you to email him for more info at his hotmail account. And strangely, he's also offering the domain name 'popeface.com' for sale. So this has all the markings of a hoax. (Thanks to an anonymous Italian visitor for alerting me to this).
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What lurks beneath
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
I just got this cool photo in my email from a visitor (Amy Lothschutz-Hughes). When I first saw it I was sure that it was a hoax. Turns out it's real. But it's a dolphin in the water, not a shark. The photo was taken by photographer Kurt Jones.
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The Mystery of Splat Solved
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 10, 2003
Finally an answer to the riddle of 'what is Splat' that sounds like it's probably correct. According to John Lundberg of circlemakers.org, Splat was a sculpture created by the British artist John Isaacs in the mid 1990s.
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Mysterious Blobs
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003
Two days ago a giant blob-like creature washed up on a beach in Chile. Chilean scientists were baffled. They had no clue what the creature was. Based on the emails I've received, a lot of people immediately suspected it was some kind of elaborate hoax. But I don't think this was a hoax. Scientists now say that they believe the blobby thing was either the body of a giant octopus or discarded whale blubber. I assume the Chilean blob bears no kinship to another blob which surfaced on the internet about two years ago. To this day I have no clue what this earlier mystery blob was. A real person? A…
Big Roosters
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 19, 2003
A visitor named 'AJ' wrote in with this question: Awhile back there was a picture of a Very Big Rooster with a guy in a cowboy hat and a rope tied around the neck of the rooster, where Can I find that picture? Here's the picture, plus a look at some other big roosters of yesteryear.
Big Plane
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 16, 2003
Try to guess if this photo of a really big plane getting stuck as it crosses a ramp over a highway is real or fake. The answer's here.
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Manitoba Home Security
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 13, 2003
Here's a picture sent by a visitor to the site named Dorothy. It's titled 'Manitoba Home Security.'
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Julia Roberts on Redbook
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 11, 2003
Redbook draws fire from Julia Roberts for putting a picture of her on its cover in which a recent image of her head is pasted onto an old picture of her body. Ironically, the title of their article about her is "The Real Julia." Redbook also recently got in trouble for doing the same thing to Jennifer Aniston. The problem, of course, is not in their use of composite images (everyone does that), but in doing such a poor job of them.
Touristguy Video Footage
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 05, 2003
Steve Merchant just shared this with me. Apparently it's video footage taken from a camera that survived the destruction of the World Trade Center.
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