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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Grand Teton and Wildflowers
The image to the right is available for purchase on webshots.com. The photographer is listed as Adam Jones. It's titled "Grand Teton and Wildflowers, Wyoming."

The image has become quite popular and has slowly been circulating around the internet. One person on the webshots message board writes:

What a wonderful blend of colours and God’s creation. At the present time I live in Beijing and in the smog I often look at this picture and remember how beautiful the world can be.

But the image has met with skepticism from professional photographers. Ralph Nordstrom of ralphnordstromphotography.com writes in his blog:

This photograph is not possible. First of all, I have photographed at this same location in the Tetons. It’s the famous Ox Bow bend in the river and I can vouch for the fact that there are no wildflowers growing anywhere around there, especially in such profusion. Second, the ‘wildflowers’ presented here are anything but wildflowers. Rather, they are a photograph from a lush domestic garden superimposed on the otherwise beautiful photograph of Mt. Moran and the river.

It's a bit sad to think of that guy in smoggy Beijing staring longingly every day at a fake photo. (via How could I be so dumb)
Categories: Photos/Videos, Places
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 22, 2008
Comments (14)
Wow, that's amazing--
how did you find my post so fast? I only posted this story last night! This looks like a great site.. I'll have to peruse it sometime.
(from how could I be so dumb)
Posted by Lili  in  UK  on  Thu May 22, 2008  at  11:31 AM
oh, ok. I knew the website was familiar. I read nearly the entire April Fool's section this year on April Fool's day. They're fabulous.
Posted by Lili  in  UK  on  Thu May 22, 2008  at  11:45 AM
>>how did you find my post so fast?<<

The wonders of google blog search, which I was using to browse blogs as I sat watching American Idol last night. (It was the first season of the show I ever watched, and I felt stupid watching it, but once I get hooked on these shows I feel a need to see them through to the end.)
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Thu May 22, 2008  at  12:45 PM
Well, I agree with Ralph. Those are certainly not wild flowers.
Posted by Ima Fish  on  Thu May 22, 2008  at  01:03 PM
>>...as I sat watching American Idol last night. (It was the first season of the show I ever watched, and I felt stupid watching it, but once I get hooked on these shows I feel a need to see them through to the end.<<

Lol--
The same thing happened to me clear over here in the UK...(thank you You Tubers for providing me access to American TV)...Being a Utah Mormon and all, I couldn't help but be curious what would happen to Brooke White and David Archuleta...and then other contestants grew on me, too, and well... yep. I watched it through to the end, too.
Posted by Lili  in  UK  on  Thu May 22, 2008  at  01:05 PM
Yeah, that's fake. Those types of flowers do not grow wild in that area, and the native wildflowers aren't that dense. My husband and I got a chuckle out of it, though.
Posted by BlueMoon  on  Thu May 22, 2008  at  03:10 PM
I was going to say when I first saw it that it looked a LOT like the flower garden my grandmother used to grow! I knew those were NOT wild flowers, especially the way they're spaced and groomed.
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Thu May 22, 2008  at  04:00 PM
The real offense here is that the Grand Tetons really is a beautiful area; it just doesn't look like that. The guy in Beijing needs a picture of the real mountains.

And yeah, those are garden flowers, not wild flowers.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Lost Maples, Texas  on  Thu May 22, 2008  at  04:05 PM
What an ugly picture.
Posted by Joe  on  Fri May 23, 2008  at  04:19 PM
Really, of all the flowers to try to pass off as wildflowers - bearded irises? In various colors?
Nice garden, though. Wish my irises looked that good.
Posted by Ledasmom  on  Fri May 23, 2008  at  08:24 PM
Nobody seems to be showing a proper respect for the faith of the man in Beijing. We wouldn't be so insensitive if somebody said they saw the face of Jesus in the photo, would we?
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  London UK  on  Sun Jun 01, 2008  at  05:43 PM
The sad thing about this picture is that AllPosters.com is selling them as posters!
Posted by Val Nichols  in  Colorado Springs, CO  on  Sun Jul 27, 2008  at  11:55 PM
Sigh. He's the Thomas Kinkade of photography.
Posted by Lili  in  UK  on  Mon Jul 28, 2008  at  01:54 AM
I downloaded that picture and thought it was TOO good to be true.I live in an extreme desert and grow beared iris,they NEVER lloked that perfect will all my tender loving care,so how could they be so perfect in the wild? I feel badly for the man in Bejing,to be hoodwinked.Nonetheless,it IS a beautiful picture.Mr.Bejing,sorry for the hoax but believe me there ARE such glorious places in our awesome USA!
Posted by LojoLaura  in  Las Vegas Nevada USA  on  Tue Aug 11, 2009  at  05:19 PM
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