They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but really those words only usually come about when liberal arts teachers have run out hundred-years old poetry to bore their students with. Thankfully, though, the real "thousand words" behind a photo are much more interesting than what any aspiring "next great haiku writer" could come up with.

With the help of master photo manipulator AuntieMeme, we did a little digging on some history's most iconic photos to give you the real story behind the image.

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