Two views from an airplane window

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Over at Museum of Hoaxes, Alex has posted two photos taken through airplane windows. He says: "One of these might be fake. Can you guess which?" Maddeningly, he hasn't told us which one is fake (by that, I am guessing he means there's no Photoshop trickery involved and that they are unretouched photographs).

Perhaps neither one is fake. In the comments section, one reader says the giraffe is probably a cutout of a photo that's been taped to the window. The shadow cast by the giraffe is a giveaway, he says.

And the other photo of the man with his legs sticking out of the engine might have been taken on the ground, says one reader. What looks like clouds could be snow on the runway. Link

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  1. Has to be the giraffe is fake – after all when was a giraffe head so tiny as to cast a shadow that is 1/4 inch wide? Maybe a pygmy giraffe, I guess, but I don’t recall ever hearing of one of those…

  2. Is Alex posing the question as a puzzle or is he unsure of one himself?

    Giraffe: the shadow could also be associated with something off view. In plains county, on a dusty humid day, those brown mountains could be the cleared shoulder of the tarmac/taxiway/runway. Those green plains could be grass. That long, straight river could be a road. The hazy horizon could be the end of visibility on a dusty/foggy/high-particle count day.

    Legs: I find this one less believable because, if his/her access equipment is really off view, it seems like s/he must have made something of a jump. Still, at a small airport in Texas . . .. That could also be foam on the tarmac, which could associated with peering into an engine.

  3. Is Alex posing the question as a puzzle or is he unsure of one himself?

    Giraffe: the shadow could also be associated with something off view. In plains county, on a dusty humid day, those brown mountains could be the cleared shoulder of the tarmac/taxiway/runway. Those green plains could be grass. That long, straight river could be a road. The hazy horizon could be the end of visibility on a dusty/foggy/high-particle count day.

    Legs: I find this one less believable because, if his/her access equipment is really off view, it seems like s/he must have made something of a jump. Still, at a small airport in Texas . . .. That could also be foam on the tarmac, which could be closely associated with peering into an engine.

  4. Something about the way the question is posed is vague. “One of these photos MIGHT be fake”?

    Yeah. . . or they could BOTH be fake. (Or even neither, I guess).

    My money’s on the giraffe photo as the fake.

    The legs photo is a new thing with some airlines– a class below coach (the idea was borrowed from people riding on the outside of trains in India).

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