Wednesday, July 30, 2008


My last post had some well-done Photoshopped photos of people menaced by dangerous animals. But I forgot to include the mother of all such manipulated pics: the dramatic picture of a Great White Shark leaping to attack a soldier dangling on the ladder of an Air Force helicopter. This phony photo was circulated widely by e-mail in 2001. In case you haven't seen it before, this is the infamous image:

Looks like something out of a Jaws sequel! It was described in e-mails as a picture National Geographic had chosen as their "Photo of the Year."

To read more about the origins of this fun Photoshopped fraud, click here to read National Geographic's account of how the pic was created. To see the two photos it was created from, click here to see the web page on this picture posted at

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