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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

But are they the Earps or the Clantons?

The continuing debate over this photo and its Photoshopped version made me look at the original more closely and made me notice something new (though I'd subconsciously thought it reminded me of something): The way they're striding earnestly forward, with serious expressions and their hands hanging free at their sides like they're ready to slap leather: it's the Gunfight at the OK Corral! But who's on the other side? Hamas, Hizbullah, and Ahmadinejad?

And are these guys the Earps or the Clantons?


Abu 'Arqala said...

Notice that the Mubarak in the reality enhanced photo is not the same as in the original.

His tie is slanted the "other" way. And his shirt sleeve is showing on the opposite hand.

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Yes, the photo has been flipped. It's the antimatter Mubarak.

Anonymous said...

It reminded me of Reservoir Dogs (http://www.impawards.com/1992/posters/reservoir_dogs_ver7.jpg) - especially when you watch the whole video from the time they line up at the end of the hallway.

Tim said...

Could it be his evil twin?

Michael Collins Dunn said...


Wouldn't it be the good twin?