24 Eyebrow-Arching Backstories To Famous Photos

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 newspaper it was taken for didn't use this photo of Che Guevara. It was taken at a 1960 memorial service by photographer Alberto Korda, but Revolu

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The scene from your Windows XP desktop is a real place. Photographer Chuck O'Rear was driving through Napa when he pulled over and took a couple of ph

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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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ARNNE intone Bad Goes O11 Al Luck APOCALYPSE Brian was just being a goof. TAG GETS HYPOTHERMIA GETS HIT BY A CAR. JUSTIN BIEBER SEES A BRIGHT LIGHT DI

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Only one person died in this train wreck. Despite the fact that the train carried more than a hundred passengers and plowed through a train station, o

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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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The White guy in this photo was blacklisted from being in the Olympics. That's Australian Peter Norman at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Despite the fact t

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This was nearly a photo of exploding ducks. Dali: I know what the picture should be ... We take a duck and put some dynamite in its derriere. When th

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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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This soldier's helmet wasn't kidding. HELL IS WaR This is Larry Wayne Chaffin, photographed as he served in Vietnam in 1965. He'd scrawled WAR IS HELL

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This car didn't crash into this tree. Car enthusiast Mark Madson used a crane to put it up there for his son to use as a treehouse. CRACKED COM http:/

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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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President Carter's official portrait was the first one that was a photograph, rather than a painting. It was taken by Ansel Adams, the photographer fa

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Even when surrounded by Nazis, one man refused to salute. That's August Landmesser at the launch of a German army vessel in 1936, a ceremony that was

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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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This photo is hiding an iconic first. STo This image appears to be the first instance of a person flipping a bird to the camera. Doing the honors: Ol

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This was a scary moment for Hank Aaron. 15 22 EC CE C RF 11 Turns out 17-year-olds Britt Gaston and Cliff Courtenay wanted to pat Hank Aaron on the ba

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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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This photo may have ended Marilyn's marriage. 8 Marilyn Monroe playfully posed for a series of photos while filming The Seven Year Itch in 1952. Then-

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The photo of LBJ being sworn in almost didn't happen. Cecil Stoughton was the only photographer on the plane when Johnson was inaugurated, and his cam

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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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Ever wonder what Frank Sinatra was arrested for? 56 30 S'0 6 40: 3 3'0 2'6 COUNTY BERGEN OFFICE SHERIFF'S 11 27 38 42799 Young Blue Eyes was arrested

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Albert Einstein loved this photo. Photographer Arthur Sasse asked Einstein to smile for his birthday in 1951, and this was his reaction. Einstein like

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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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