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Two views from an airplane windo
One of these might be fake. Can you guess which?





Update: My apologies. Apparently quite a few people didn't realize I was being sarcastic when I said "one of these might be fake." I thought it was pretty obvious both of them were fake. (Note that I didn't say 'only one is fake'.)

To make up for it, here's a third view from an airplane window, and this one is definitely real. This photo was taken on July 13, 2004 aboard an AirTran flight from Atlanta to Orlando with 110 people on board. The left engine cowling came off soon after take off, but the plane managed to turn around and land safely.


Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jan 11, 2008
Comments (41)
Which one is it? I can't choose. For the first one, giraffes are very tall, but not as tall as a jet plane, I think. I doubt it would be standing on a wing, but it may be standing on a cargo lift.

For the second one, the cloud cover may be something else, like water, altho it looks like there may be moisture on the engine (look at the very top of the engine, there is a flash of light, and the reflections suggestion moisture, which could mean the plane is in-flight).
Posted by Bill  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  07:43 AM
It was to be one?
I'd say the 'guy in engine' one is real then, and the white stuff below is snow on the ground(rather than clouds), and they aren't flying.
But, at a glance, I would have said both shopped.
Posted by AussieBruce  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  09:41 AM
@Bruce
Do you see the out-of-focus ice on the window. You would not see that on the ground, even in cold weather.
Funny pictures! Both fake, right?
Posted by AA  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  10:29 AM
I think the giraffe pictures is fake.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  10:55 AM
In the giraffe photo, you can see the shadow the giraffe is casting on the inside of the window frame. As light from the sun is essentially moving parallel by the time it reaches the earth, any shadow should be the same width as the object casting it, hence the 'giraffe' is just a few cms wide.

If not the result of a sloppy Photoshop job, this is probably nothing more than a giraffe sticker on the inside of the window.
Posted by David B.  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  11:18 AM
Since there appears to be snow on the top of the engine in the second picture, I would have to say that it was in fact taken on the ground (and not photoshopped), as snow would not be present in flight.
Posted by cthelmax  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  11:54 AM
the first one is a giraffe picture taped to the inside of the window. the shoadow cast by it into the cabin gives it away. although i dont know if that makes it the real or the fake one smile
Posted by Sensibleken  in  dublin  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  12:15 PM
the giraffe pic cannot be a sticker on the inside of the window, as if it was, the shadow would start at the point where the giraffe neck meets the window frame. Alternatively, if the giraffe sticker was placed with a gap below the neck, the shadow would not start at the base of the window.

Of course, the sticker might be on the outside, but that would be quite hard to get into position, so I think that that is the photoshopped image
Posted by cthelmax  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  01:19 PM
I think the giraffe pic is the real one. There is an airport, somewhere in the world (can't remember where) that is a couple thousand feet above the ground and has a steep cliff off the side. It is altogether possible that the giraffe really is right outside the window.
Posted by tvlover  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  01:27 PM
F both of you, Mr. Giraffe and Santa.
Posted by Stevel  in  USA  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:02 PM
Of course the real one is the first, because the giraffe is just a sticker put on the glass, you can see the shadow.
Therefore, the second is fake.
Have I won anything?
Posted by angelo  in  italy  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:07 PM
The one of the giraffe is real. The plane could be a small charter or private, that is parked overlooking a cliff.
Posted by Chustar  in  San Jose  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:16 PM
They're both fake!
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:22 PM
"One of these might be fake. Can you guess which?"

My guess is that either of them /might/ be fake, but that in /fact/ both are genuine.
Posted by DaveK  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:23 PM
i'm going to say it's a trick question and that both photos are real. the giraffe is outside a small plane on higher ground, and the other is of an airplane being cleaned...not clouds, but soap suds.
Posted by steve  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:24 PM
Giraffe is fake as stated in earlier posts, the 2nd one is real because the cloud like setting is actually snow.

That's my take anyways ;p
Posted by bzill  in  canada  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:25 PM
The giraffe was the winner in this photoshop contest on fark.com :

http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=1837095
Posted by Mister_IQ  in  http//:worth1000.com  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:25 PM
There are a few things that make it obvious that the second photo is a fake. Were is the ladder the person must have used to reach the engine? No engine on any plane is that close to the ground. Plus you can see that the toes of his boots are deflected in a way that would indicate that he is standing on something. I don
Posted by Shadowfax  in  San Francisco  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:35 PM
Simple riddle of words. It says one might be fake. Never says either are real. They are both fake.
Posted by Quentin Cole  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:50 PM
obviously the giraffe photo is the fake one, the engine in the other photo has ice or snow on top of it which would never be there in actual flight
Posted by ann0yed  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:53 PM
i have 2 coins. their value, when added together, is 30 cents. one of the coins is not a nickel. what are the two coins?

the answer to that riddle is the answer to this one. i agree with quentin cole.
Posted by glace neuf  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:57 PM
I believe the legs in the engine is the real photo. What appears to be clouds is in actuality the clouded sky reflected in the window. If you look at the engine, the cloud images are continued through it instead of blocked by the view. If the clouds were really below, you would not see the clouds blocked by the engine.
Posted by Mitch Duszynski  in  Champaign, IL  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  02:59 PM
What's to stop the legs being a sticker on the window? Would be easy to line it up just right for a photo, and no shadow on the window frame issues to have to deal with here.
Posted by Gemma  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  03:32 PM
The interior of the plane with the giraffe looks pretty dark, and the giraffe is consistent with the outside lighting, which indicates that it's not just a sticker on the window. The photo is also taken from an angle to the window, and the giraffe isn't distorted as I would expect a flat image slapped on the window to be (unless the imagemaker thought of this beforehand, and distorted it to look undistorted when shot at this precise angle, which seems like a lot of work). If there were an actual giraffe outside the window, the sun would have to be behind it to cast a shadow into the cabin, and the shadow would be bigger then the window, methinks. Look at the angle of the window frame's shadow- the giraffe's shadow would be the same angle- on the ground, not in the cabin.

I've seen clouds that look like that in the bottom photo, but I've also seen really icy snow that looks like that too. It looks like there are also ice crystals on the window which muddy the image. A 737's engines are pretty close to the ground- The bottom of the engine is about waist-high to an average-sized person, maybe a bit lower. It looks a bit bigger than a 737's engines, but I think even on a 757 a guy could scramble up in there without a ladder.

In conclusion, I find in favor of the giraffe being faked, and the guy in the engine being authentic.
Posted by Nigel Footpowder  in  CA  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  03:39 PM
Mister_IQ, on the previous page, gives a link to the photo editing contest from which the giraffe photo was taken, including some other photos made with the same giraffe. Since we have the source of the edit on that one, the only question remaining is whether the other is also fake.
Posted by TexasAndroid  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  03:58 PM
Both fake
Posted by Quentin Cole  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  04:10 PM
Both are stupid
Posted by Cleo  in  KY  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  04:34 PM
There are actually several aircraft who's engines are reachable from the ground, the most ready example being the Boeing 737. As others have pointed out, in flight there would be no ice on the engine. Also the presence of ice on the window only suggest a very low outside temp. While planes are usually heated during boarding, the windows are actually quite insulated and feature two panes of glass. There is also the possibility that this photo was not taken by a passenger, but by a mechanic or other airline personnel, who could be aboard when the plane was un-heated.
Posted by tke  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  04:44 PM
As tke said, the 737 engine is like 3 feet off the ground. Plenty close to access without a ladder.

Here's an image that shows that:
Posted by Travis  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  05:18 PM
Both are fake. The giraffe is PhotoShopped in. The "shadow" gives it away. The air plane engine with the legs is also fake because there is ice on the window that makes part of the photo blurry but not where the legs are. The legs are the only clear area in the window, too; everything else appears to be diffused.

Lastly, if you take time to read the comments on this on the first page, you'd realize that the owner of this website comments that the pictures are FAKE! He's the 13th comment down, "They're both fake!
Posted by Alex in San Diego on Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 10:22 AM"
Posted by RainOubliette  in  Pennsylvania  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  05:31 PM
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