Mystery 1: The Tourist Guy (Accidental Tourist of 9/11)
Fake or real?
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:
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.
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