Thursday, February 3, 2011

World trade centre- Sep 11 attack


Mystery 1: The Tourist Guy (Accidental Tourist of 9/11)

A snapshot purportedly taken atop one of the World Trade Center twin towers seconds before the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.


One inevitable byproduct of a catastrophe as enormous and devastating as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on U.S. soil is the dissemination of sick jokes referencing the event. The so-called "Tourist Guy," pictured above, was one of the first clear-cut examples of a joke pertaining to the events of 9/11. Both the image and the accompanying text (in all its different versions) are fake.

If you look closely at the above image, Midtown Manhattan is discernible in the background behind the blissfully unaware subject, indicating that the photographer was facing north from the location of the Twin Towers at the moment the photo was snapped. Only one of the airliners that collided with the World Trade Center on September 11 approached from that direction — the first, American Airlines Flight #11, which struck the north tower (One World Trade) at 8:45 a.m. The trouble is, the north tower had no rooftop observation deck like the one pictured here. Even if it had, it wouldn't have been open to tourists at such an early hour.

There are additional discrepancies to ponder:
  • Why isn't the fast-moving aircraft blurry in the photo?
  • Why doesn't the subject (or the photographer, for that matter) seem cognizant of the plane's high-decibel approach?
  • The temperature was between 65 and 70 degrees that morning, according to news reports. Why is this man dressed for winter?
  • How did the camera survive the 110-story fall when the tower collapsed?
  • How was the camera found so quickly amidst all the rubble?
  • Why did this one-of-a-kind, newsworthy photo never appear in the media until after it had already been well circulated via email?

Who was this mysterious man anyway? Jose Roberto Penteado, a Brazilian businessman, was the first to step forward and claim Internet stardom in early November 2001. "I believe that some friends planted my face in that body," he stated in an email to the editors of Wired News. But skeptics were... well, skeptical. Where's the original, undoctored snapshot, they asked. Why should Penteado's face - indeed anyone's face - have been superimposed over that of the actual subject of the photo? Unanswered until two weeks later, that is, when a Hungarian newspaper announced it had solved the mystery for real. Penteado is a pretender, the paper declared. The true culprit, fingered by his own friends, is a Hungarian national named Peter (last name not divulged in the article). Peter was not only able to produce the original photo taken during a vacation in New York City in November 1997, but several additional shots from the same roll of film.

Well, it couldn't remain a secret for long - the Tourist Guy's full name has now been revealed in news reports: Peter Guzli. Mr. Guzli is 25 years old and lives in Budapest, still trying to cope with his unexpected fame.

Mystery 2: The number 11

Whether it’s a coincident or a mystery, take a look at this…

  • The date of the attack:   9/11 -  9 + 1 + 1 = 11.
  • September 11 has 9 letters and 2 numbers: 9+2=11.
  • The number 911 is the telephone number for emergencies in North America.
  • September 11th is the 254th day of the  year:   2 + 5 + 4 = 11.
  • After September 11th there left to the end of the year are 111 days.
  • The first plane to hit the towers was American Airlines Flight 11.
  • The Flight 11 call letters were AA11: A=1, A=1, AA=11.
  • Four of the hijackers on flight AA11 have the initials A. A. for their names: AA=11.
  • The fifth AA11 hijacker was the pilot, Mohamed Atta, 11 letters, and AA in last name.
  • Flight AA11 had 92 people on board - 9 + 2 =  11.
  • Flight AA11 had 11 crew members - 2 pilots and 9 flight attendants.
  • The target of Flight AA11 was in New York City -11 letters.
  • The State of  New York was the 11th State added to the Union. Manhattan Island was discovered on Sept. 11, 1609 by Henry Hudson -11 letters.
  • Trade Center is 11 letters, and Skyscrapers is 11 letters.
  • World Trade Center Towers is 22 letters - 2 x 11 =22.
  • The WTC Twin Towers - standing side by side, look like the number 11.
  • The WTC Towers are each 110-storeys high.
  • The first WTC tower hit (North Tower) collapses at 10:28 A.M. -1+2+8=11. 

Mystery 3: Mysterious faces on photoshots
      
Fake or real?
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