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HIPPO EATS DWARF:
A Field Guide to Hoaxes
and Other B.S.

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Hoax Photo Test Answers: Level Three

REAL
cat eyes
The cat with the weird eyes is real, and her name is Queeny. She lives in Bangalore, India. Her picture was taken in September, 2003 for Reuters.


HOAX
blackout
The area of the blackout has been crudely, and artificially, darkened. In reality, some illumination would be present, even during a total blackout. In addition, a single satellite photo would not show the entire continental United States, unless it was a composite image.
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HOAX
splat
In this case, the image itself hasn't been digitally manipulated, but the picture nevertheless doesn't show what it appears to show. It looks like a picture of an extremely obese person sprawled on the ground. In reality, it's a picture of a fibre-glass model created by the British artist John Isaacs who specializes in creating lifelike sculptures of bizarre and shocking subjects.
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REAL
nebula
This is a real picture taken in April 1999 by NASA's Hubble space telescope of the Carina (or Keyhole) Nebula, which is about 8000 light years away from the Earth.


REAL
fork
This is a case in which truth is stranger than fiction. The x-ray is quite real. It shows the stomach of an Israeli woman who accidentally swallowed a fork after inserting it down her throat in order to remove a cockroach that had somehow gotten down there (no joke!). The x-ray was taken in July 2003.


HOAX
et captured
This photo has been circulating around via email with the caption 'They finally captured E.T.' The neck and stomach of the man being led away have been digitally enlarged.
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REAL
rabbit
This is an odd-looking creature, but quite real. It's an angora rabbit.


HOAX
skirt
Women are not walking around Japan with buttocks air-brushed on their skirts (though maybe this fantasy fashion will become a reality someday). The buttocks in this picture are a digital addition.
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HOAX
tan line
The SARS-mask tan line has simply been photoshopped on. The model in the picture is Rena Tanaka.


REAL
fire deer
This picture was taken by fire investigator John McColgan on Aug 6, 2000 in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. It is entirely real.
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