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September 1, 2005 12:22 AM

Broken: Wrong fake Shakespeare portrait

ShakespeareJose Rivadeneyra writes:

I was reading Yahoo News when I saw the headline, "Experts confirm Shakespeare portrait fake." Imagine my surprise when I opened the link and found the portrait...


when 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not.

These arent the portraits your looking for....

Posted by: gmangw at September 1, 2005 12:37 AM

Alas, poor Skywalker

Posted by: El Gato at September 1, 2005 02:25 AM

Does it not say "ADVERTISEMENT" at the top?

Posted by: Pointing out the obvious at September 1, 2005 03:35 AM

No, it says "Try the Beta version of the new Yahoo! News: Go to Beta now" at the top.

Nice try though.

Posted by: ben at September 1, 2005 04:01 AM

It says ADVERTISEMENT right above the Yoda pic. I could've sworn I've seen an ad with this same Yoda picture somewhere, but I don't think this article was intended to have a picture with it. It's good for a laugh, but not broken, in my opinion...

Posted by: Umm, yah... at September 1, 2005 04:37 AM

i dont know why but almost every image on your site dosent work on my computer.

its my new school, its sh!t all the comps are win2000 pentium 2

what can i do to help

it works on firefox but i prefer ie. and i cant install it

also videos never play on other sites

Posted by: kiplinght at September 1, 2005 04:38 AM

Someone said they preferred IE? Now I've heard everything.

Posted by: Tom at September 1, 2005 10:44 AM

Preferring ie to FireFox is definitely broken. The article, however, is clearly not broken and I'm pretty sure Jose new as much before he wasted our time.

By the way, kiplinght, try copying the link and pasting it directly into the address bar.

Posted by: Danimal at September 1, 2005 11:58 AM

I'm having the same problem with image popups on this site not working. I have IE w/XP SP2. When the popup window opens, inside of it shows garbage text instead of the image. Started to happen a couple of weeks ago. The only thing I can do that seems to help briefly is clearing the browser cache... but I haven't seen similar problems on any other sites. Also problem doesn't occur on firefox. I am pretty convinced there is something broken about this site that is causing this.

Posted by: Alex B at September 1, 2005 12:48 PM

To all those whining that this isn't broken, please note that it's "Posted in Just for Fun."

Posted by: Chris B at September 1, 2005 02:21 PM

What's really weird is that that particular article seems to be under the "music" section.

Posted by: Jesse at September 1, 2005 02:24 PM

Haven't you ever sung The Ballad of Macbeth?

Posted by: Bob at September 1, 2005 03:20 PM

What nobody has realised is this IS a picture of Shakespeare! It's a projection of what he would look like if he were still alive!


Seriously though, I have heard that there is a debate as to weither there ever actually was a playwright named Shakespeare. The works attribuited to him may actually have been written by another artist or artists. If that is true then any Shakespeare portrait would, by definition be a fake.

Posted by: Sean P at September 1, 2005 03:23 PM

This may have been a "Just for fun" posting, but I think it does show a certain amount of genuine brokenness on the design of the Yahoo news site. When you read a news article, and see a picture next to it, it's only natural to expect the picture to illustrate the article. Ideally, they should do something to offset the ad, like put it in a box or something.

Sean P., the debate is not whether Shakespeare ever actually existed. The details of his life -- birth, marriage, real estate purchases, part ownership of the Globe Theatre in London, last will and testament, etc. -- are all reasonably well documented. The question is whether he was actually the author of all those plays. However, I understand that the debate isn't really taken seriously in most academic circles.

Posted by: E.T. at September 1, 2005 03:42 PM

Shakepeare was living on Dagobah when he wrote his plays.

Posted by: Fuzzy at September 1, 2005 03:45 PM

That's pretty hilarious! Does anyone else ever wonder if stuff like this is done on purpose, just to have some harmless fun with people? Seems like an awfully big coincidence...

Also, Alex, I think you solved your own problem- USE FIREFOX! =D

Posted by: ambrocked at September 1, 2005 04:04 PM

All your Shakespeare portraits are belong to Star Wars. . .

Posted by: Kevin at September 1, 2005 05:04 PM

Didn't it used to say "Broken (Just for Fun):" before a submission?

Posted by: Confused at September 1, 2005 08:49 PM

Confused, yes it did but apparently some people can't read too well.

Posted by: Faolan at September 1, 2005 10:03 PM


Not broken (posted in "just for fun"), but damn funny.

"these aren't the portraits you're looking for"

Posted by: fsdgsf at September 1, 2005 10:37 PM

"Wrong fake Shakespeare portrait"

The title of this post is kind of strange. . .

Posted by: Kevin at September 1, 2005 11:11 PM

kevin- very nice!! =D

Posted by: ambrocked at September 2, 2005 12:00 AM

Shakespeare is not really all that great. If it were released as new today, it would work it's way to Broadway and them shrivel up and die when everyone realized how juvenile the themes really are

Posted by: Sido at September 3, 2005 12:31 AM

I prefer IE over FireFox

Posted by: a at September 3, 2005 12:52 PM

I prefer IE over FireFox

Posted by: a at September 3, 2005 12:55 PM

Well! Now i have heard everything three times!

Posted by: Bob at September 4, 2005 07:33 AM

a> I prefer IE over FireFox

Yeah, because it works so well you had to post twice....

Posted by: Hoki at September 4, 2005 07:31 PM

Well! Now i have heard everything four times!

Posted by: Bob at September 5, 2005 04:08 PM


Posted by: Darth Snowzorz at September 5, 2005 09:50 PM

Who is talking 'bout me?

Posted by: Wong Fak Shakespeare at October 12, 2005 03:41 AM

If you look at the bottom you can see the text "The work shows Shakespeare gazing out at an angle and wearing a..." which is pretty funny because Yoda IS gazing out at an angle and wearing that robe.

Posted by: grugg at June 27, 2006 02:27 PM

Of course Yoda WAS Wm. Shakespeare. I have also seen a photo of Albert Einstein that bore a suspucious resemblance to the Master Jedi. I'd post it, but my scanner is broken...maybe somebody has seen the same pic and will post it.

Posted by: James at July 8, 2006 05:32 PM

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