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Don’t Believe Your Eyes…….

October 29, 2009 | | Comments 2

I was sent this email which was cute;

The New Ferrari 458 Italia; This is what it looks like…………


This is what it does…………..



OK, a little bit funny. Possibly a publicity stunt. BUT, wait a minute!!! Look closely! OK some of you already are, but I didn’t mean at the girls.

My first reaction was “What were these girls thinking? In the background are smiling mothers, their children, AND the Disney logo that says “Kids Awards”. Either Disney has changed a lot, or there is definitely something wrong with this photo.

We all know that photos on the ‘net can be altered through a photo/graphics program (commonly known as “Photoshopped”). This certainly looked real. Doubtful; time to research.

It turns out the girls are a British singing group called “Girls Aloud” and they were at the Disney Channel Kid’s Awards 2004 (I never heard of them myself, I know, Where have I been?). Now, to alter a photo you need to start with an original. Where is it?

I searched and searched and learned more than I really cared to know about the “Girls Aloud”. I found other pictures from the 2004 Awards show;

disneygirls But not the one I was looking for. I spent two days of messing around searching photos on the internet, (yes, I was determined to find it. I get obsessed with strange things sometimes). Not bad subjects to search for really.

Finally there it was. Confirmation the photo in the email was indeed a very good job of “photoshopping”.

girls aloud

The point of all this? Think of all those photos you may have placed on your website, Facebook, email, or elsewhere, that someone may be able to access and copy. Someday, somewhere, is someone going to be asking about you; “What were they thinking?”

Don’t believe all that you THINK  you may SEE on the internet!


UPDATE 20 May 2014:


From the internet:

“Hmmm, we really need to be careful on photos we post on social medias because anything can actually happen to them…. 32 years old Italian Minister Maria Elena Boschi was picture with her thong underwear on display when she leaned over the table to sign some paper of her swearing into office on Feb 22nd. But this was not the real photo because it was Photoshopped by some guru master in mockery of the Minister. See the actual photo below…”


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  1. Michelle Yancy says:

    I see that you truly enjoy your life in Thailand. I am very proud of you and the changes you made. I must say that I miss you.

  2. Dave Early says:

    Perhaps one can even become a terrorist………..

    MADRID – A Spanish lawmaker was horrified to learn that the FBI used an online photograph of him to create an image showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today.

    The image using Gaspar Llamazares’ photo appeared on a wanted poster updating the U.S. government’s 1998 photo of the al-Qaida leader.

    FBI spokesman Ken Hoffman acknowledged to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that the agency used a picture of Llamazares taken from Google Images.

    In a statement Saturday, the agency would say only that it was aware of similarities between their age-progressed image “and that of an existing photograph of a Spanish public official.”

    “The forensic artist was unable to find suitable features among the reference photographs and obtained those features, in part, from a photograph he found on the Internet,” the FBI said in a statement to The Associated Press.

    The wanted poster appeared on the State Department Web site, listing a reward of up to $25 million. The FBI said the photo of bin Laden would be removed from the Web site.

    Llamazares, former leader of the United Left party, was elected to Spain’s parliament in 2000. The photograph of him used to make the wanted poster originally appeared on posters for his 2004 general-election campaign.

    He said he would no longer feel safe traveling to the United States after his hair and facial wrinkles appeared on the bin Laden image.

    “I was surprised and angered because it’s the most shameless use of a real person to make up the image of a terrorist,” Llamazares said Saturday at a news conference. “It’s almost like out of a comedy if it didn’t deal with matters as serious as bin Laden and citizens’ security.”

    Llamazares planned to ask the U.S. government for an explanation and said he reserved the right to take legal action.

    Llamazares said he was concerned to see the government resorting to what he called sloppy techniques, especially in the light of recent terrorism alerts such as the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airplane.

    “It might provoke mirth, but it demonstrates that what we’re seeing from security services isn’t exactly recommendable,” he said.

    Llamazares said he has “no similarity, physically or ideologically” to bin Laden. They do share one trait — both are 52.

    Jose Morales, spokesman for Llamazares’ party, was surprised that computer images such as the retouched bin Laden photo were made using photos of real people.

    Bin Laden, who is wanted in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, is believed to be hiding in the lawless Pakistan frontier bordering Afghanistan. His exact whereabouts have been unknown since late 2001, when he and some bodyguards slipped out of the Tora Bora mountains after evading air strikes, special forces and Afghan militias.


    On the Net:

    Terrorism rewards Web site: