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If you remember Lite-Brite, your childhood was magnifique.
Oh come on, it looks like someone just sketched an outline of the Eiffel Tower onto this photograph. At best, it's some gaudy Paris replica in Las Vegas or Disney World.
In reality, this is what the Tower looked like during the 1900 World's Fair in Paris, complete with a beacon on top that looks like Sauron's eye gazing over Mordor. The frame is so dark that it's nearly invisible in old-fashioned photography, so the lights just make it look fake, even in the color version:
It flashed and thumped the city with techno music 24 hours a day.
We leave you with this image, and no further comment.
Seriously, there are no further words in this article. Not just because there's nothing more that needs to be said (are you looking at it?), but also because nobody actually knows why Mark Twain sat for a naked photograph. And he is nude; don't try to tell yourself he's not. "What? He could be wearing pants, Cracked!" Really? Look at his facial expression. Yeah, he's naked, and fully erect.
There is speculation that Twain was asked to take the photo as a model for a bust that was being made. If so, we like to think that nudity was nowhere in the instructions.
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