They say a picture says a thousand words… sometimes, all of those words are lies.
This is the case in the photos below that became so popular it caused revolutions and civil unrest.
Below are the stories behind the photos.
10. The Vietcong
Photographer: Eddie Adams
The photo seem to have a ruthless leader executing an innocent man. In reality, the guy holding a gun is Nguyen Ngoc Loan, South Vietnam’s national police chief. He was doing all he could to keep Viet Cong guerrillas from Saigon. The guy he is shooting is one of the many guerrillas who hurt many innocent people.
9. April Fool s From Outer Space
April 2010: Three astronauts living aboard the International Space Station sent to Mission Control this April Fool’s Day prank photo of themselves floating in space without spacesuits. “You have a real problem”, responded Mission Control. “Don’t worry, we are wearing sunscreen”, responded the astronauts.
8. The Disappearing Cigarette
Photographer: I don’t know
Paul McCartney was holding a cigarette in this shot. Without McCartney’s knowledge, the label erased it in the final artwork.
7. The President Aint That Cool
This is, perhaps, the most recent. It shows President Obama supposedly checking out the ass of 16-year-old Brazilian girl Mayora Taveres. Well, the story is not half as cool.
If you watch the full video you’ll see that Obama was in the midst of an entirely gentlemanly maneuver—he’s about to offer his hand to the girl in the floral skirt and black top behind him to help her step down to his level.
6. The Smoke That Wasn t There
Photoshopped by: Adnan Hajj
A reader named “Mike” pointed out that the photo had been changed using the Photoshop “clone” tool. Check out the difference of two above. No one was directly harmed by the photo but hey, Journalism is supposed to be about the truth and accuracy.
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