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Category: Photos/Videos
Fire Scene
Posted by The Curator on Wed Oct 29, 2003
Here's a very cool picture of one of the San Diego fires. For a second I actually thought it was fake because it seemed weird that traffic was heading right into the fire. Plus the time stamp looked odd (it's stamped October 28, even though the picture was posted on the 27th, and the woman who posted it says it was taken on the 26th... maybe their camera has the wrong date). I thought maybe someone had pasted the bottom scene of the traffic together with the top scene of the smoke. But on second thought, I'm sure it's real. I can't see any sign of photoshopping. It was just…
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Plane Meets Truck
Posted by The Curator on Wed Oct 29, 2003
I received this image from 'Detective Kid' who wants to know if it's real or fake. I've been checking it out and can't see anything obviously fake about it. The picture has a watermark on it, that I can't read. It's something like 'erzool.com.' If anyone knows anything about the picture, let me know. UPDATE: A solution to this photo comes from Jeffrey Schuh: "This photo is a national geographic photograph. The photo has been republished in 'The Photographs' coffee table book. (The one with the Afghan woman on the cover.) The plane photo is on page 50-51 and is captioned: Sanarate, Guatemale 1976. 'On a…
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Pool Shark
Posted by The Curator on Sat Oct 18, 2003
Mark Allsop was kind enough to send along this photo of him and his kids on holiday in Australia. Thanks, Mark.
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Indian Ghost, Part II
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 21, 2003
Kentaro Mori managed to unearth the source for that ghost photo that scared so many people in India (see below). Click images for larger versions.   
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Hurricane Isabel?
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 19, 2003
A photo described as a tanker approaching Hurricane Isabel at sea has been spreading around though email. And I have to admit, I've contributed to its spread, forwarding it on to friends and family. But David Emery informs us that it's a hoax. Well, the picture itself is real. But it doesn't show Hurricane Isabel. Instead, it shows a tanker approaching Tropical Cyclone Graham. But whether it's Isabel or Graham, it's still a really cool photo.
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Indian Ghost Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 19, 2003
A newspaper in the Indian city of Tiruchirappalli published a picture of a boy with an eerie ghost hovering behind him. They claimed the boy had encountered the ghost while on a school picnic, and went into a coma. Now the ghost was stalking other boys. As a result, families throughout the region started keeping their kids home, out of school. The photo, of course, was a photoshopped fake. More details here.
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More about that guy and the bus
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Got an email from Kentaro Mori who runs a Brazilian weblog about hoaxes (he also translated my hoax photo test into Portuguese at one point). He took a look at the video of that guy ducking under the bus. Whereas I thought the guy must be on the opposite side of the bus, employing a trick of perspective to make it look like the bus was going over him, Kentaro analyzed some of the frames of the video a little more closely and suggests that the bus is actually going over him. Could be. If so, hopefully it was a staged stunt, otherwise I can imagine the heart attack the guy…
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Playing Chicken with a Bus
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 15, 2003
Here's a suspicious bit of video forwarded by Mara (who should get a prize for finding this kind of stuff). It shows a young man ducking to the ground as a bus rushes over him. Personally I think he's not actually under the bus. He's on the opposite side of the bus.
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Munchkin Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 10, 2003
The Sydney Morning Herald has labelled that photo of Munchkin the Monster cat (see below) a hoax (thanks to Steve Wilson for pointing this out to me). Still, I can't see how the hoax was done.
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Munchkin, the Monster Cat
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2003
Meet Munchkin the Monster Cat, who seems to be related to Snowball. Is Munchkin for real. Honestly, I don't know. I'm looking for answers. (Thanks to Mara, who thinks Munchkin is fake, for sending this image).
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Would You Have Invested?
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 05, 2003
Does this photo that's been circulating through email really show the management of Microsoft as they looked back in 1978?
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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