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skinny fashion model 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).
Categories: Body Manipulation, Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Fri Aug 08, 2003
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popeface 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?
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Mon Aug 04, 2003
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popeface 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).
Categories: Photos/Videos, Religion
Posted by Alex on Thu Jul 17, 2003
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shark in wave 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.
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Wed Jul 16, 2003
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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.
Categories: Art, Gross, Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Thu Jul 10, 2003
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giant blob 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 photoshop trick? A fat suit? I've often seen it given the caption 'Splat.'

mystery blob splat
Categories: Cryptozoology, Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Fri Jul 04, 2003
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big rooster 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.
Categories: Animals, Folklore/Tall Tales, Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Thu Jun 19, 2003
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big plane stuck 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.
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Mon Jun 16, 2003
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polar bears Here's a picture sent by a visitor to the site named Dorothy. It's titled 'Manitoba Home Security.'
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Fri Jun 13, 2003
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julia jennifer 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.
Categories: Celebrities, Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Wed Jun 11, 2003
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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.
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Thu Jun 05, 2003
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image This picture of Bush reading a children's book upside down is a fake. Read the explanation here.
Categories: Photos/Videos, Politics
Posted by Alex on Mon Sep 30, 2002
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