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Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Flipper Photo
August 7, 1972: An expedition to find Nessie led by Dr. Robert Rines of the Academy of Applied Science struck gold when its underwater camera took a picture of what appeared to be the flipper of a large aquatic animal resembling a plesiosaur. However, the relatively clear image of a flipper shown to the public was not quite what the camera had initially recorded. The initial image was far less distinct. (It basically looked like a shot of a bunch of bubbles or sediment in the water.) This initial picture was then computer enhanced by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, and apparently the computer-enhanced image was further artistically enhanced by the Academy of Applied Science team (i.e. it was retouched), thereby producing the final flipper photo. Modern image-enhancement software has not been able to conjure anything resembling a flipper from the original image.
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