Art forgeries have long been the stuff of thrillers, with fake da Vincis or Vermeers fooling connoisseurs, roiling the art world, and moving millions of dollars.
We don’t think of ancient books driving such grand forgery, intrigue, and schadenfreude. This is changing thanks in part to a clever forgery of Galileo’s landmark book Sidereus Nuncius, published in Venice in 1610. Arguably one of the most extraordinary scientific publications of all times, Sidereus Nuncius turned Galileo into the brightest new star of Western science. Four centuries later, a faked copy of this book has disarmed a generation of Galileo experts, and raised a host of intriguing questions about the social nature of scholarly authentication, the precariousness of truth, and the revelatory power of fakes.
) has attracted a loyal following in doing the Sisyphean work of calling out Twitter photo spammers and scraper accounts by tracking down, correcting and debunking images and giving attribution to the source. Twitter is awash in "interesting photo" accounts particularly since images started appearing in timelines -- some of the most successful of which may be the wildly popular @HistoryInPics and @EarthPix founded by 2 teenagers who allegedly earn $40,000+ a month
. PicPedant's debunking can be vastly amusing. Here are a few greatest hits: no, not a baby panda
but an Etsy doll; no, not Japanese cherry trees
but an infrared scene from Stockholm; no, not a real moon
, but a photo manipulation. He's even called out Madonna
for lack of attribution on an image that went viral after her tweet. Keep on keepin' on, you crazy pedant.
Who was that masked man?
A bunch of friends decide to fool their local paper into thinking there is a real-life superhero in Tunbridge Wells. Local paper
falls for it hook line and sinker. Swiftly followed by national media
. This thread on a Divine Comedy discussion board describes the whole dastardly plot unfolding. The fun starts on page 2.
Recipe for Success, French-Style:
Take one quirky Japanese pop artist
; mix with one trendy New York designer
; shake in rip-off French leather merchant
and add streetwise celebrity
. Finally, importantly, make resulting concoction completely unavailable
. Result: Madness ensues
. How un-American can it be to lay down over 2000 dollars for a cartoony handbag
you can't even get your hands on? [Flash req.]
Fake or Foto?
Try to guess which are photographs, and which have been cleverly computer-generated. Sure it's a game, and it's interesting on that level, but I was wondering if anyone was seeing any patterns in the kind of objects they were able to recognize as one or the other. I know I did.