Controversy Behind Iconic American Photo Wide-Open...AGAIN
The 'V-J Day' photo in Time Square, simply known
as 'The Kiss' is up for debate...again.
For 67 years, the identity of the two kissers
remained a complete mystery. But then in 2012, a book
titled "The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that
Ended World War II" identified the sailor as George Mendonsa
and the nurse as Greta Friedman.
Mendonsa and Friedman's story of how the iconic kiss happened
seemed to check out and was announced to the world. At
long last, the decades-long controversy was finally put to
Here we go again.
Three scientists pointed out a flaw in
Mendonsa and Friedman's story. The scientists say the 'The
Kiss' couldn't have happened at the time of day when Mendonsa
and Friedman said it did.
By analyzing various shadows of people and
buildings in the photo to get an accurate idea of the time of
day, and even using scale models of some of the buildings in
Time Square back in 1945, and eventually (this is the
clincher), a shadow generated by a sign above the clock in the
photo, the scientists determined the time of day was 5:51 p.m.
Mendonsa and Friedmanís story place their kiss
at around 2:00 p.m. Are the two kissers just
misremembering the moment, or were they seeking their 15 minutes
of fame for a moment that wasn't theirs?
But if it's not them, then who? The
mystery may be one that will never be solved.
What are your thoughts?
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