Archive for the 'Magazine Urban Legends Revealed' Category

Did Men’s Fitness Photoshop Someone Else’s Biceps on to Andy Roddick on a Cover of the Magazine?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to the world of magazines and whether they are true or false. MAGAZINE URBAN LEGEND: Men’s Fitness gave Andy Roddick someone else’s biceps for the cover of the magazine. NOTE: I did this as a Tennis Legend, but it also belongs here. […]

Did an 18th Century British Magazine Coin the Terms “Magazine” AND “E Pluribus Unum”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to the world of magazines and whether they are true or false. MAGAZINE URBAN LEGEND: A British magazine introduced into the modern lexicon not only the actual word “magazine,” but also the word “Columbia” to describe America and the slogan “E pluribus […]

Were Life Magazine’s Famous Photos of the D-Day Invasion Blurry Because the Photographer’s Hands Were Shaking?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to the world of magazines and whether they are true or false. MAGAZINE URBAN LEGEND: A series of photos of the Normandy landing during D-Day by famed war photographer Robert Capa for Life Magazine were blurry because Capa’s hands were shaking as […]

Is a Playboy Centerfold Really the Standard Test Image for Image Processing Algorithms?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to the world of magazines and whether they are true or false. MAGAZINE URBAN LEGEND: A Playboy centerfold is the standard test image for image processing algorithms. It was in 1973 that Alexander Sawchuk, a professor at the University of Southern California’s […]

How the Heck Did Oprah’s Head Land on Ann-Margaret’s Body?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to the world of magazines and whether they are true or false. MAGAZINE URBAN LEGEND: TV Guide once put Oprah Winfrey’s head on Ann-Margaret’s body for a cover. Nowadays, we’re a little more used to the idea of photoshopping, but in 1989, […]

Does Time Magazine Intentionally Put Devil’s Horns on Cover Subjects They Dislike?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to the world of magazines and whether they are true or false. MAGAZINE URBAN LEGEND: Time magazine intentionally placed “devil horns” on Billy Graham and/or Bill Clinton as some sort of commentary. Back in early January 1993, there was a bit of […]