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Tourist guy says sorry for hoax

A Hungarian who used photoshop to add a picture of a plane to a tourist snap of himself on top of twin towers has made a public apology over the joke after the snap went viral - and is still going strong 10 years on.

The picture showed Peter Guzli, now 35, dressed in a wool cap, heavy jacket, and backpack, standing on the observation deck of the World Trade Center. Below him a jet plane can be seen flying towards the building. Because of its closeness and low altitude, it seems certain to collide with the tower. The picture purported to be one taken mere moments before the attacks on the World Trade Center began.

Office worker and computer technician Guzli even added in the September 11 date to the picture of himself that had in reality been taken on November 28, 1997.

The addition of the plane meant it seemed as if he had been standing on top of the twin towers right at the time when the plane hit the building under him and the viral email claimed it had been found in a camera pulled from the wreckage.

Guzli then mailed it to pals - changing the sender address to make it seem as if the email had been sent from the Hungarian police chief of the time, Peter Doszpot.

The message read: "This man has been identified by our embassy in New York as being a Hungarian and we are appealing for help from the public in identifying him."

He said: "It was a private matter - I assumed my friends would recognise me and call me to see if I was alright, but they didn't, they posted it on to other friends and suddenly it was all over the world.

"I am ashamed that even now the police still get calls about it, I never did it for money and I never intended to cause any harm to the real victims or their families. I didn't really stop to consider the consequences and never thought it would go outside of my small circle of friends."

The photo became known as the "tourist guy" pic or the "accidental tourist" pic and one of the most widely known examples of Internet humour. As its fame spread, other people started to use the same tourist for other pictures. They included the tourist present at the sinking of the RMS Titanic, at the John F. Kennedy assassination, the destruction of Air France Flight 4590 and at the Hindenburg disaster.

In one version, the aircraft has been replaced with a Melbourne tram. Other pictures show him present at disastrous events in movies, like the destruction of the White House in Independence Day or as the bus driver in Speed.

Guzli made his apology together with the former police chief saying: "I would like it to end now, I want people to know I am sorry and I hope that will be the end tourist guy."

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