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Suicidal Teens Welcome
An image showing a "suicidal teens welcome" sign in the window of an armed forces career center has recently been circulating again.



The image is at least six months old. And no, it's not real. The sign is a reference to an episode of The Simpsons in which a similar sign was shown in the window of an army recruiting center.

The only question is whether the image is photoshopped, or did someone surreptitiously stick the sign in the window of the recruiting center and then snap the picture?

I would say it's definitely photoshopped. The hoaxer probably created an image of the sign, pasted it into the image of the armed forces center, and then decreased the opacity of the sign so that it blended into the window. Using this technique, it took me about 10 seconds to add the Museum of Hoaxes banner beneath the "Suicidal Teens Welcome" sign.

Categories: Military, Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 17, 2007
Comments (8)
Photoshopped. The window has a slight perspective distortion but the poster doesn't.

Does the US Army really recruit wheelchair users?
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  UK  on  Mon Sep 17, 2007  at  01:47 PM
The army doesn't recruit wheelchair users, it creates them.
Posted by Girl  on  Mon Sep 17, 2007  at  02:41 PM
If its like most recruiting places, its in a strip mall or something similar
Posted by Luke  in  Montana  on  Mon Sep 17, 2007  at  02:47 PM
Luke, you're right. The handicapped access is probably required for the building the recruiting center is in. And Girl, a valid argument could be made that it is the enemy that creates wheelchair users.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Mon Sep 17, 2007  at  09:00 PM
I don't know that it has to be photoshopped. Given the comment about lack of perspective distortion, it probably is, but there's no reason some prankster couldn't have made the poster and put it up to snap the picture before opening for the day. Admittedly Photoshopping is probably a bit cheaper...
Posted by Brian X  on  Sat Sep 29, 2007  at  02:08 PM
That is hilarious. They should have photoshopped a naked person there though.
Posted by Dean  in  LA  on  Wed Apr 23, 2008  at  09:15 PM
welcome to killjoy.com
Posted by kurt  in  takoma park md  on  Sun Aug 10, 2008  at  11:00 AM
It is so fake that it is almost gay...
Posted by marcin  on  Mon Mar 01, 2010  at  11:05 AM
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