New Hoax Photo Test

I recently completed a major update and revision of the Hoax Photo Test. It now has 50 photos to challenge your photo-fakery detection skills. And it includes an old-time photo fakery level, featuring photos from before the time of Photoshop. So give it a try!


Posted on Thu Nov 13, 2014


I have issues with the level 4 number 1 space chair. Balooning to 30 km is simply not space. Its not even one-third of the stratosphere. Space starts at the Kármán line, at 100 km (except for in the US, which always wants to have things different from the rest of the world: there it starts at 80 km).
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Fri Nov 14, 2014  at  04:34 AM
@LaMa -- I did title the image 'Space Chair' because it looks like a chair floating in space. But in the explanation I specified that they only floated the chair into "near space", which I think is accurate. Although I realize you're the expert in this area, so I would defer to your judgement.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Nov 14, 2014  at  08:23 AM
I'd say it is nowhere near space. 30 km or 100 km, that is quite a difference.
Quite a number of aircraft can actually reach these altitudes in "zoom climbs": in the past it has been done by Lockheed F-104, Sukhoi SU-9, F4 Phantom, Mig-21. It is only 5 km above the operational flying altitude of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. This clearly is the lower atmosphere, not space.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Tue Nov 18, 2014  at  02:32 AM
@LaMa -- I'm using the term "near space" to indicate (as Wikipedia puts it) "the region of Earth's atmosphere that lies between 20 to 100 km (65,000 and 328,000 feet) above sea level"

So I'm not saying it's near space, but that it's in the region known as "near space".
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Nov 18, 2014  at  05:48 PM
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