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Controversy Behind Iconic American Photo Wide-Open...AGAIN

Updated July 9, 2015
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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 rest...until now. 

Here we go again. 

Controversy Behind Iconic American Photo Wide-Open...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.

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