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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The fan getting John Lennon's autograph in this photo is his assassin. In this photo by Paul Goresh, Lennon autographs a copy of Double Fantasy for

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Ever wonder why Nixon met with Elvis? ST The King of Rock and Roll showed up at the White House asking to be made a Federal Agent at Large, to help

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Presenting: The Shark Juggler! Ok, so he's not juggling sharks. But he did paralyze that shark with his bare hands. This is marine photographer Michae

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Pictured: Bob Jackson's second chance to photograph Lee Harvey Oswald with a gun. The first was two days earlier, when he was following the presidenti

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The starving family in this photo didn't receive a dime. Dorothea Lange took this photo of Florence Owens in 1936, and it became the defining image of

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Game over, man. FYnouw This photo of a happy crowd gathering to see JFK in Texas on the day he was assassinated contains a surprising cameo. The littl

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Despite the grimace on his face, Ronald Reagan had not yet been shot in this picture. Or even here, when Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy (right) was

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This is a photo of every human being alive in 1969 except for Michael Collins. Collins was the command module pilot for Apollo 11, and he took this ph

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