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Flashing Bride
I received this in my inbox from an unnamed correspondant:
"I've been sent this photo by several people in the past few days. Looks too perfect to be real."

(ETA: After comments, I've removed the image from the page, but you can view it here.)

Well, it's certainly been posted to the BridalBloopers website, but all the information with it states is that it has been posted by a woman named Amanda Sell from Mount Vernon, WA.

As to whether it's real or not, it's hard to say. The description on the website says: "If you can laugh after flashing 200 guests, you'll be able to handle anything in marriage right?" Of course, given the shot, it's impossible to tell whether or not this is a photograph from a real wedding or some sort of photo shoot, or whether the alleged 'flashing of 200 guests' occurred (isn't the bride usually facing away from the wedding party when throwing the bouquet?)

The photograph doesn't appear to be photoshopped, but the muscle structure and colouration of the bride's chest seem a little odd.
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Posted by Boo on Tue Aug 22, 2006
Nice rack
Posted by buba  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  04:30 PM
I'm pretty sure i saw this on a Russian website. From my memory of the larger pic, they are tossing live doves or some such in celebration.
Posted by mazinga  in  Southeastern Arizona, U.S. of A.  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  04:35 PM
That's a wedding I want to go to.
Posted by FlintJ  in  Florida  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  05:39 PM
Her breasts look really unnatural... I mean... when you ARE a female, you sort of understand the anatomy of them better, and raising her arms doesn't seem like it should pull them in so much, plus... the fact that they look like they're attached via muscles to her shoulders is creepy.

And I couldn't help it and tested, but lifting up your arms, even inwardly doesn't do anything to the way th ebrest falls unless you actually hit it with your arms O_o and those ones are pulled in.

Plus, if there is only one bouquette, why is the groom throwing his arms up too?

I dunno, just doesn't feel natural.
Posted by Mera  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  06:20 PM
Cute, but probably not real.
For the reasons Mera mentions and others, it feels like it's been photoshopped or otherwise manipulated.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Medicine Mounds, Texas  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  06:30 PM
Alex, I am actually shocked you have that pic on here, lol....if my boss were, well, lets put it this way, NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
Don't get me wrong, I always love to see a nice pair of......ti...brea, nope, um....boobs...Thats the ticket!!!!
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  06:39 PM
Mera, I know (what with being female and all). Yeah, I gave in to testing it too.

I believe that the bride has implants, which may explain the odd shape of the breasts, but not the odd musculature (as I mentioned in the post).

Mazinga's explanation that they may be releasing doves explains why both of them are throwing their arms up.

Having said this, I'm still dubious about it.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  06:39 PM
I wish you hadn't put that in plain sight. Could you maybe put a "not worksafe, click to view" thing on it? Like you do with disturbing images?

I don't have a problem with it, but my computer is in the living room and I wouldn't want certain people seeing it and wondering about what kinds of sites I go to.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  07:32 PM
This sort of thing happens at weddings more often than you'd think. Don't ask me how I know....

I've seen other similar pictures from weddings, although it's usually a bridesmaid or wedding guest who is jumping to catch the bouquet that slips the nips.

As to whether or not this particular picture is real, well, the musculature IS weird. However, why would you photoshop it like that? It would be way easier to make them look normal.

She could also be jumping as she releases the doves.
Posted by MadCarlotta  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  07:32 PM
Okay, I just looked at the bigger picture on the bridal bloopers website and the shading between the breasts is suspect. Her muscles look even weirder in the bigger version too.

Anyone out there study anatomy?
Posted by MadCarlotta  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  07:38 PM
I vote for being real. She looks to be an atheletic woman and her muscles are causing them to pull up oddly.

And I'm glad you pulled the image, Flora. It was a bit startling to see it at work. wink
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  08:33 PM
I think the reason for the strange looking anatomy is that the photo captured "things in motion" that your eye wouldn't normally see. We are used to seeing boobs under the normal influence of gravity or jiggling or bouncing from activity but we are not used to seeing them frozen in "mid-fling". That's my take. I'm no expert but I'm a keen observer...
Posted by Blondin  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  09:39 PM
I agree with Blondin, and most of above posts. I vote for real. And you haven't seen my sister-in-law playing beach volleyball. You don't want to go there.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  09:49 PM
that was, uh, topless....sigh
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  09:52 PM
For those of you trying this at home, remember this was not just raising the arms, but a sudden upward thrust. I would have to mention also that anyone that's ever seen a low budget porno knows that doctors can really botch a job and the women will still put them on film.
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  10:18 PM
I vote for being real. She looks to be an atheletic woman and her muscles are causing them to pull up oddly.

I wouldn't say athletic, necessarily, as I've played sports for years, and she doesn't have more than a fit bodytype, it looks.

It could be a weird, in-motion thing, but it still looks very odd.
Posted by Mera  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  12:55 AM
I'm going to have to vote for fake. I can't comment from personal experience about implants, but I know a lot of transwomen, and from what I understand there should be a lot less movement with them... just two weeks ago I actually had a hostess remark to a full bar (while I was sitting in the front at a bachelorette party, which apparently makes one fair game for embarassment) that my cleavage must be real because it moves when I laugh.

She was right, my 38DD measurements are an entirely natural curse (seriously, try the back pain, try buying a shirt that fits) and I also have rather muscular arms. So I tried (in the interests of science, of course) flinging my arms up, jumping, etc. in front of a mirror. A sudden movement does produce a slight shift inward, but I can't manage anything that looks remotely like the picture. And I have studied anatomy... mostly skeletal, but I know enough about musculature to make me highly sceptical.

Women may be willing to expose a bad boob job in a third-rate skin flick (I've certainly seen some sporting truly embarassing hair and makeup) but they are getting paid in that case. On her wedding day, a woman wants to look flawless and feel like a queen. If the image were real, I can't imagine the woman's arms would look 'normal' in any position, and I sincerely doubt she'd choose to get married in a strapless gown.
Posted by Sometimes Josie  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  12:56 AM
I vote absolutely fake. I just did some testing of my own in the mirror and couldn't get anything remotely like in the picture. I also happen to have a lot of upper body strength and defined muscles (far more then all but the most athletic women), so if the extra strength made no difference on me I doubt it would on her either.

Though I can't speak for transplants personally, I've seen enough of them. If those were transplants they would hardly have "bounced" at all. Go to a club and watch a women with transplants dancing and you'll see what I mean.

Completely off topic, but Josie, I completely understand how you feel! 34DD here. It's horrible because the bra companies all assume skinny girls have small boobs. Trying to find bras that fit is an absolute nightmare!
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  01:22 AM
OMG - Guys, run like hell. The chicks are comparing their boobs. You don't wanna be here.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  01:34 AM
So everyone knows, the picture on the BridalBloopers site is actually titled "DoveRelease.jpg," so there's more support for that theory. As for the rest of it, I'm voting for real on this one.

Ladies, try as you may, you are not going to be able to duplicate this for yourself. I think you are probably underestimating how far back she might have been actually leaning at the time the picture was taken, and even the angle of her neck could come into account. I could go on and on about my limited knowledge of anatomy and slightly less limited knowledge of physics, but there are two more important reasons than any of that: there are no obvious signs of manipulation, and the lack of symmetry.
Posted by knightofbob  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  02:57 AM
The image being called "DoveRelease" really proves nothing if it's a hoax in the first place. I can see what looks like a thrown bridal bouquet, but no dove-like things anywhere. Sure, lack of doves doesn't disprove doves, but the title of the image proves nothing either.

That said, I am inclined to think it's a fake. The weird musculature happens to coincide pretty well with where poofy straps would be on a dress, and there just something off about the size of her breasts compared to the rest of her visible body.
Posted by Fred  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  03:07 AM
There is something strange about it...
...but I don't see it as totally implausable. If it's photoshop'd, it's a pretty good one. We simply can't see enough of the picture... if we were able to see her stance we might be able to add more to the story.
Posted by Soldant  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  04:30 AM
Sorry but... So some womans boobs fell out. Maybe they're real, maybe the pic is photoshopped. So? Big deal.
Posted by Ed  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  05:05 AM
I didn't intend to mean this chick wanted to show herself with the porn star comment, I only wanted to show that chicks don't seem to know when they have had a bad job. But I have to be honest I am a 340lb man and I do not have anywhere near that much flesh between my shoulders and neck at any point when I throw my cat in the air.
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  05:23 AM
I'm just speculating here, but could the dress be partly responsible? If the dress was pushing her breasts together in the first place, when she jumped/flung would this originally too-central position cause this effect?

Perhaps some of you women who tested this out at home should try it wearing something that would simulate this. (or not)
Posted by Torpid Rat  in  Yorkshire  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  05:57 AM
A serious in depth discussion of a boob-shot! This is why I love this site!!!
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  07:11 AM
Fake.

The breasts aren't attached to shoulder muscles this way. (And the muscles are fake-looking..) They sit on top of them, like blobs of fat they are. Also, it almost looks like her breasts start up at her collarbones, or right underneath them.. They tend to be somewhat lower than that rl. wink
Posted by Hope  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  07:33 AM
Well, here's another one from the same site. I've seen this one before - years ago, so it's a bit old now.

http://www.bridalbloopers.com/Photo.asp?Photo=3

However, it would support the "real" vote as she has the same weird muscle thing happening (tho not as extreme), and I would definately say that this one is the real thing.

It's a nicer rack too...for those that care about such things wink
Posted by MadCarlotta  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  08:49 AM
When Alexx takes the Museum of Hoaxes on the road as a stage show, one of his attractions can be a re-enactment of this scene with willing audience members and a movie camera, to determine if it is real or not.
Posted by cvirtue  in  deleted  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  08:55 AM
>The image being called "DoveRelease" really proves >nothing if it's a hoax in the first place. I can >see what looks like a thrown bridal bouquet, but no >dove-like things anywhere. Sure, lack of doves >doesn't disprove doves, but the title of the image >proves nothing either.

Shows what you know about doves. smile
Wouldn't it be easy to Photoshop in a dove if you're going to be Photoshopping in fake breasts?

I'd even add a dove to the pic myself to make everyone happy, but sadly I slept in this morning and must be getting off to work now.
Posted by katey  on  Wed Aug 23, 2006  at  09:08 AM
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