Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Double Dork of the Day

The Tourist of Death

It all started with a photo.

This chilling picture turned up in the days following 9/11, and reportedly came from a camera found in the rubble of the World Trade Center. Was it really possible that someone managed to photograph one of the hijacked planes mere milliseconds before impact? And if so, what became of the unknown man in the photo, and the person(s) who took it?

The photo turned out to be a hoax, of course, and most people dismissed it as such. But, a few believers remained, and their numbers grew as more photos of the same mysterious man at other disasters began to surface. More and more people became convinced that this man was not some innocent sightseer in the wrong place at the wrong time, but something much more nefarious: a time-traveling harbinger of doom -- a Tourist of Death, if you will -- inexplicably present at every great disaster of the millennium, a witness to our suffering and mocker of our powerlessness to stop it.

The pictures you are about to see seem to support this theory. Are they
real, or are they so much hooey? Decide for yourself.

Pearl Harbor (1941)

JFK assassination (1963)

LBJ sworn in after JFK assassination (1963)

Lee Harvey Oswald shot by Jack Ruby (1963)

Sinking of the Titanic (1912)

Mt. St. Helens eruption (1980)

Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, cause of World War I (1914)

Atomic bombing of Hiroshima (1945)

Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan (1981)

Munich Olympics (1972)

Hindenburg disaster(1937)

Lincoln assassination (1865)

Watergate scandal/Nixon resignation (1974)

Oklahoma City bombing (1995)

Julius Caesar assassination (44 BC)

Orleans "Waking & Dreaming" LP (1976)

Columbine High School massacre (1999)

Loch Ness Monster appearance (1955)

Challenger disaster (1986)

Custer's Last Stand (1876)

Kent State shootings (1970)

Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" (2004)

Godzilla attacks Tokyo (1965)

Battle of Gettysburg (1863)

Steve Bartman blows Cubs' shot at the World Series (2003)


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