Eric I. sent in an image of the new Angela Merkel Barbie:


Merkel is the Prime Minister Chancellor of Germany. She is probably best known to most Americans as the woman who was scared enough to jump half out of her seat when President Bush tried to give her an unanticipated backrub. Here’s what she actually looks like (found here):


The resemblance is uncanny.

I was going to add these images to an older post that contained an image of a Sarah Palin action figure, but while I was searching around, for an image of her, I came upon this demonstration of Photoshop, in which, through the magic of technology, Merkel is turned into Paris Hilton, and decided to write a new post:

I know that you can use photoshop to do almost anything, and that photoshopped images have almost nothing to do with reality. Still…geez. For other examples of how photoshopping makes it possible to create people who don’t actually exist, see here, here, here, and here.

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