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Last Picture Taken From the Top of the World Trade Center-Fiction!
are reports that "Tourist Guy" has been found!-Truth!
eRumor This is a photo of a
young tourist at the top of the World Trade Center...with a
jetliner closing-in in the background. The eRumor claims
that the camera that took the picture was found in the rubble and
the film was developed, revealing this shot just seconds before
the tower was struck by the plane.
Truth This is a hoax...but has generated more
mail to TruthOrFiction.com than any of the eRumors resulting from
the terrorist attacks.
According to an article on Wired.com,
the face in the picture of "The Last Picture" is a
Hungarian named Peter who has declined to reveal his last name,
but provided other pictures of himself from the same day on top of
the World Trade Center to authenticate his claim. He said he
created the version with the jetliner using Photoshop and emailed
it to a few of his friends as a joke. It took off from
there. A young man in Brazil has previously claimed to be Tourist Guy
and has gotten quite a bit of visibility as a result including an
advertising contract with a major car manufacturer. Some of
Peter's friends thought the record should be put straight and
revealed his identity on a Hungarian
It's kind of become a form of recreation to figure out all that is
wrong with the picture.
Several things to say about it, including some comments from our
1. The most significant is that of the two towers of the World Trade Center, only one of them
had an outside observation deck, tower #2, also called the south
2. The south tower was struck by a United Airlines plane, not an
American airlines plane. The aircraft in this picture is an
3. We've discovered what we think may be the source of the
picture of the
airliner in this photo. It is from Airliners.net.
HERE to see a larger version of the picture.
Photo by Jonathon Derden
Our thanks to Airliners.net
4. The picture of the aircraft in this photo is a Boeing
757. The actual American Airlines plane that was hijacked and
flown into the World Trade Center was a Boeing 767.
If such a thing as a camera with film had survived the collapse
of the building and there were a picture of an airliner moments
before impact, do you think the only way you would hear about it
would be through a forwarded email? Such a picture would be
astonishing and showcased by media world-wide.
6. We've had several emails from readers commenting that the
date on the picture appears to be wrong. The date doesn't
show up well in our reduced version of the picture, but the
original does have "09-11-01" on it. Here it is
enlarged. Some of the pixelization in and around the date is
thought by many to be evidence that it was pasted into the picture.
7. Numerous readers have pointed out that it was a nice
September day on the eleventh and the person in this picture
appears to be braced for the cold.
8. TruthOrFiction.com reader James O. looked up the weather
for that day from Accuweather. The temperature was headed
for a high of 81 degrees.
9. Several readers pointed out that the angle of the shadows
on the tower doesn't seem to be evident on the airplane.
10. James O. also pointed out that neither of the jetliners
was in level flight when hitting the towers. They both
struck while in a banking turn.
11. Reader Walter H. notes that the airplane seems to be too
high compared with where the American jet hit the building.
12. According to the former website topoftheworld.citysearch.com,
the observation deck did not open to tourists until 9:30a.
The airliner attacks took place prior to that
13. Many have written that if this picture had actually been
taken at the World Trade Center, there would not be such a short
railing. Most high buildings have restraints to keep people
from falling or jumping off. On WTC 2 however, the
observation deck did not go to the edge of the building. If
anyone went over the railing, they would fall to another deck
14. Many have written to say that this picture appears to
have come from a low-quality camera that would not have been
likely to catch an airliner that is traveling at 300+ miles per
hour without blurring. We haven't looked into that.
15. Other emails ask whether both the tourist and whoever
took the picture wouldn't hear the jetliner approaching.
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