The 9/11 Tourist Guy - Parodies

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The Tourist Guy of 9/11

Image credit: Unknown, circulating via email

As circulated online, spoofs of the "Tourist Guy" photo, perhaps the most famous of Internet memes circulating in the immediate aftermath of September 11.

By a strange twist of fate (or so it seemed at the time), his face would become as recognizable in the weeks after September 11, 2001 as those of Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush. He would be known to millions as "The Tourist Guy," that oblivious dude wearing dark glasses and stocking cap whose photo was snapped, wayward jetliner looming in the background, atop one of the doomed twin towers seconds before tragedy struck. It was, of course, a hoax.

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My Beautiful Balloon

Then came the variations...

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The Marshmallow Man

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USS Cole

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Flight of the Concorde

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On the Titanic

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Oh, the Humanity!

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Dallas, 1963

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Tourist Guy vs. Godzilla

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In the Matrix

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Ford's Theatre, April 14, 1865

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Heeeeeere's Johnny!

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Mount St. Helens

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Tourist Guy vs. UFO

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The Titanic II

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On the Bus

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Just Deserts

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The Giant Mutant Cat of 9/11