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Issue 110 - January 2011 - Page 9

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Facebook Account Update Phishing Scam Email
  2. Facebook Change Profile Picture to Cartoon Character Paedophile Warning Hoax
  3. Inaccurate Warning about Fake $50 Australian Banknotes
  4. Driving With Snow on Car Roof Fixed Penalties Hoax
  5. Elephant Encounter Story - Not the Same Elephant
  6. Facebook Warning Post - Apps Sending 'Not Very Nice' Messages Using Your Name
  7. Google Romance Malware Email
  8. St.George Bank Phishing Scam Emails
  9. New Fall Hat - Image of President Obama Wearing an Acorn Hat and Smoking
  10. BT Service Cancellation Notice Phishing Scam
  11. Liverpool and Manchester Shopping Centre Bomb Threat Hoax
  12. Adobe Acrobat Upgrade Phishing Scam Emails
  13. The Amazing Typewriter Art of Paul Smith
  14. Indian Government Award Advance Fee Scam
  15. Slow Dance Charity Hoax
  16. Chinese Hair Bands Made From Used Condoms
  17. Baby With Facial Deformity Money for Forwarding Hoax
  18. F-15 Crash Sequence Images
  19. Tampa Bay Beach Sea Monster

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New Fall Hat - Image of President Obama Wearing an Acorn Hat and Smoking

Outline
Circulating image supposedly shows US President Obama wearing a hat shaped like an acorn cap while smoking a cigarette.



Brief Analysis
The image is the result of digital manipulation. The cigarette, and later, the acorn hat have been digitally added to an original photograph of Obama. The altered image is intended as a political joke or comment and has been posted to many humour, satire and political websites.

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Last updated: 7th December 2010
First published: 7th December 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: FW: New Fall Hat

NEW FALL HAT

Obama with Acorn Hat

Acorn cap with the nut still attached



Detailed Analysis
This photograph, which circulates via email and has also been posted to numerous blogs, forums and social networking sites, supposedly depicts US President Barack Obama wearing a strange hat shaped like the cap of an acorn while smoking a cigarette. The message containing the picture, often sporting the title "New Fall Hat" includes the caption "Acorn cap with the nut still attached" as an explanation of the image. Many people have contacted me to ask if the image is genuine.

However, the image is not a genuine photograph. In fact, it is the result of the digital manipulation of the following original photograph:

Source Photograph of Obama

Image Credit: Kwame Ross


The above photograph was taken when then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama made a visit to the University of Illinois in August 2004. At some point, this original image was cropped and the cigarette was added as shown in the following manipulated version:

Obama with smoke added

The same image was again altered so that Obama appeared to be facing the other way:

Obama with smoke added reversed

Many versions of the above "Obama smoking" image have subsequently circulated. Satirical website BrokenCountry.com even featured a version of the image in which Obama appears to be smoking several cigarettes at once. Yet other versions of the image change the appearance of the cigarette to make it look like Obama is smoking marijuana. And an entry on the blog, Washed It includes an uncropped version of the "Obama smoking" image.

And then, finally, some prankster took the above altered image and placed a funny acorn hat on the hapless President's head:

Obama with Acorn Hat

Thus, as suggested by the punch line (acorn cap with the nut still attached) the final version of the manipulated image is probably intended either as a joke, or a less than subtle political comment, hence its inclusion on many humour, satirical and politically orientated websites.

It should be noted that President Obama has publicly acknowledged his difficulty in quitting smoking and at a June 2009 press conference, admitted that he still had the occasional cigarette. However, the above image does not depict one of the President's occasional lapses.

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Campus visit
Doctors Say Obama Still Smoking Cigarettes
Obama signs sweeping anti-smoking bill
Obama Acknowledges Occasional Smoking Habit



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Issue 110 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Facebook Account Update Phishing Scam Email
  2. Facebook Change Profile Picture to Cartoon Character Paedophile Warning Hoax
  3. Inaccurate Warning about Fake $50 Australian Banknotes
  4. Driving With Snow on Car Roof Fixed Penalties Hoax
  5. Elephant Encounter Story - Not the Same Elephant
  6. Facebook Warning Post - Apps Sending 'Not Very Nice' Messages Using Your Name
  7. Google Romance Malware Email
  8. St.George Bank Phishing Scam Emails
  9. New Fall Hat - Image of President Obama Wearing an Acorn Hat and Smoking
  10. BT Service Cancellation Notice Phishing Scam
  11. Liverpool and Manchester Shopping Centre Bomb Threat Hoax
  12. Adobe Acrobat Upgrade Phishing Scam Emails
  13. The Amazing Typewriter Art of Paul Smith
  14. Indian Government Award Advance Fee Scam
  15. Slow Dance Charity Hoax
  16. Chinese Hair Bands Made From Used Condoms
  17. Baby With Facial Deformity Money for Forwarding Hoax
  18. F-15 Crash Sequence Images
  19. Tampa Bay Beach Sea Monster