Her face seems to pop out like a mask.
I didn't notice this at first, but even though the model is not wearing checkerboard-printed fabric on her head, it looks like it matches the background.
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Dr. Yoshitaka Fujii seems well on his way to becoming the patron saint of scientific fraudsters, setting a record for the most extensive output of fake data. As near as anyone can work out, Fujii started making up data with abandon some time in the 1990s. By 2000, his fellow researchers were already on to him, publishing a comment in which they noted, "We became skeptical when we realized that side effects were almost always identical in all groups."Writer John Timmer explains Dr. Fujii's 8 principles so you can use them to fake your own scientific data:
As unlikely as this must sound, there might be some reason to believe tapeworm diet pills were once marketed in the United States between 1900 and 1920. A number of sources have indicated encountering advertisements for such products, but whether the products advertised actually matched their descriptions would be difficult to verify. (Just because an ad for a diet pill proclaimed the product contained tapeworms doesn't mean it really did — duping people into buying medicinal nostrums by way of making false and exaggerated claims was standard procedure in the days before government regulation of food and drug products.)But is the advertisement shown above real or not?
“It’s not that I’m heartless... I didn’t want to be alone. He was the only guy who was ever nice to me..."Although she was charged with forgery, she was not charged in connection with Mr. Zigler's death.
In typography, kerning (less commonly mortising) is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result.The importance of kerning, Buzzfeed>>
"I had ineffective counsel... If they had done their job, I wouldn't be here today."The judge blamed him:
"You preyed on people who were poor, of modest means, who were vulnerable and elderly, and you lied to them."Mr. Baird was sentenced to five years in prison.
"No passer-by who isn't familiar with snakes would ever grab a boa constrictor. On the contrary, they would scream, run away and call the police."News reports don't say why he didn't use a more traditional method to give away or sell the snake.
“Leave goat man alone. He’s done nothing wrong.’”‘Goat man’ seen among wild goats in northern Utah; officials warn of danger in hunting season, Energy and Environment, The Washington Post>>
For nearly three decades Ken Perenyi made a small fortune forging works by popular 18th- and 19th-century artists like Martin Johnson Heade, Gilbert Stuart and Charles Bird King.Read the article: Forgeries? Perhaps Faux Masterpieces, The New York Times>>
Then in 1998, Mr. Perenyi says, two F.B.I. agents showed up on his doorstep, curious about a couple of paintings sold at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, ostensibly by the maritime artist James E. Buttersworth but actually his own meticulous creations.
Over the next few years, he says, the F.B.I. continued to keep a close watch on him at his bayside bungalow here, tracking his work and where it sold, and talking to his friends and associates. Though the authorities never charged him, the scrutiny pushed Mr. Perenyi to develop what he calls “a new business model”: openly selling his faked oils as the reproductions of the finest masters.
Another cool illusion is the “reverse spokes” illusion, which has been studied by Anstis and Rogers (and probably discovered as well. Anstis describes the illusion very modestly as “new, or newish”.). ...the spokes (the grey lines separating the “pie-slices”) appear to be rotating clockwise. On closer inspection you can clearly see that this is not the case. In fact, what is happening is that a “colour wave” traverses the wheel in a counterclockwise direction. That's weird.For more explanation, see Reverse spokes at CogSci.nl, by Sebastiaan Mathôt
The old doctor sat by the fireside, talking to his fair patient who was lying on the lounge. There was nothing much the matter with her, except that she had one of those little feminine ailments from which pretty women frequently suffer — slight anaemia, a nervous attack, etc.
“No, doctor,” she said; “I shall never be able to understand a woman deceiving her husband. Even allowing that she does not love him, that she pays no heed to her vows and promises, how can she give herself to another man? How can she conceal the intrigue from other people’s eyes? How can it be possible to love amid lies and treason?”
The doctor smiled, and replied: “It is perfectly easy, and I can assure you that a woman does not think of all those little subtle details when she has made up her mind to go astray.
“As for dissimulation, all women have plenty of it on hand for such occasions, and the simplest of them are wonderful, and extricate themselves from the greatest dilemmas in a remarkable manner.”
The young woman, however, seemed incredulous.
“No, doctor,” she said; “one never thinks until after it has happened of what one ought to have done in a critical situation, and women are certainly more liable than men to lose their head on such occasions:”
The doctor raised his hands. “After it has happened, you say! Now I will tell you something that happened to one of my female patients, whom I always considered an immaculate woman.
"We've all heard about global climate change and the challenges it brings, especially to the most vulnerable among us.You can also create fake ads for Shell, like the example shown above.
For example, 300,000 people already perish each year from climate-change-related causes, mostly in the world's poorest areas...
That's why we at Shell are committed to not only recognize the challenges that climate change brings, but to take advantage of its tremendous opportunities. And what's the biggest opportunity we've got today? The melting Arctic."
"Journalists, blog readers and YouTube viewers have recently been targeted with scams launched by organizations opposed to energy exploration in Alaska...- Arctic Ready>>
Further, we care that people are not deceived; and in the spirit of intelligent debate on such a serious topic, we continue to offer our own (genuine) views as well as a few real facts about the challenges and opportunities of arctic exploration at www.shell.us/alaska."
"When and why do people cheat? Consider the social circumstances involved in dishonesty, and provide a thoughtful response to the topic of cheating. Address various forms of cheating (personal, at work, etc.) and how each of these can be rationalized by a social culture of cheating."The results were universally horrendous. Here's one example paragraph, from a paper which seems to show a less than accurate command of English:
"Cheating by healers. Healing is different. There is harmless healing, when healers-cheaters and wizards offer omens, lapels, damage to withdraw, the husband-wife back and stuff. We read in the newspaper and just smile. But these days fewer people believe in wizards."They also discovered, by submitting the essays to the website WriteCheck.com, which detects plagiarism, that two of the papers had plagiarized parts of their content from other works.
The Case of the Shower Singers
On the outside, Idaville looked like an ordinary seaside town. It had playgrounds, banks, and beautiful white beaches. It had churches, a synagogue, and two delicatessens.
On the inside, however, Idaville was unlike any other town. No one, grown-up or child, got away with breaking the law!
From coast to coast, police officers wondered. How did Idaville do it? What was the secret?
The Idaville police station stood on Harding Street. But the real headquarters for the war on crime was a red brick house at 13 Rover Avenue.
Here lived Mr. and Mrs. Brown and their only child, ten-year-old Encyclopedia, America's crime-buster in sneakers.
Mr. Brown was chief of police. He was brave and honest, and he was smart. Whenever he came up against a case he could not solve, he knew what to do.
He put on his hat and went home.
Encyclopedia solved the case at the dinner table. Usually he needed to ask but one question.
Mr. Brown would have liked to tell the world about his son. But who would take him seriously?
Who would believe that a fifth-grader might be the best detective on earth?
“I never wrote Rowan Atkinson’s name on the poster. I did not deceive the public.”'I'm Upset With the Filmmakers Involving Me in This Deception': Mr. Bean Look-Alike, Jakarta Globe>>