History's Most Viral Photoshopped Pics Explained

Matthew Moore wrote a really neat article for the Telegraph on 20 of the most viral Photoshopped photos on the Net. Like this famous photo of a shark lunging at a helicopter:

This striking fake was created by merging two separate images - a US Air Force helicopter on a training exercise in San Francisco, and a great white shark leaping out of the water off the cost of South Africa.

The hoax emerged in 2001, and was later circulated via email with a caption claiming it showed a shark attacking British Navy crew in South Africa, despite the fact that the Golden Gate Bridge is visible in the background.

See if you remember 'em all: Link - Thanks Andrew!


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The photo of the coper and the frogman are from the California ANG and was shoot by an Air Force photojournalist. The other photo came off the web. The individual wanted to show how easy it was to phtoshop something and have most people believe it
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Anybody that gets e-mail has probably received most of these from friends and relatives over the years. I'm amazed that some still make the rounds and that some people believe them to be true. Usually the pictures are enough to clue one in on the probability it's a hoax but sometimes the text is just as insightful, such as the shark/navy diver in South Africa when the Golden Gate Bridge is clearly seen in the background.
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