The Best Image Caches of the Year

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This was a good year to be a photographer. Thievery was thwarted, the Simpsons were spoofed, and suspicious amp stacks were outed. Take a look at our most eye-popping, jaw-dropping, seal-cropping images of 2010!

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1. Time Traveler Captured In Museum Photograph
When you look at most of the two dozen or so people in this photograph, which belongs to a Canadian museum, there's no doubt that they're from 1940, the year in which it was taken. But what about that guy?


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2. Accidental Photobomb Leads to Bag Thief's Capture
These well-dressed folks are the Myers Family and they've got a Canon G7 camera with quite possibly the best timing in the world. Why? Well, just take a closer look at what's going on in the background of this photo.


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3. This Is How a Heavy Storm Looks Inside a Cruise Liner
On August 1, the Pacific Sun ran into a heavy storm 400 miles north of New Zealand, hitting 25-foot-tall waves and 50-knot winds. Its 1732 passengers weren't prepared to endure the madness that ensued. Absolutely crazy.


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4. Tiger Woods Shoots Golf Ball Directly At Photographer's Camera
Mail on Sunday photographer Mark Pain probably didn't know whether to cheer or cry after taking this photo. On one hand, he snapped a great picture. On the other hand, he might be about to face an angry Tiger Woods.


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5. This Image Is Not a Photoshop Trick
This is not a Photoshop. It's not an optical trick. And it's not an illustration. It's just a simply great photo taken near the Linevo village, in the Volgograd region of Russia.


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6. Sometimes the Photoshop Crop Tool Is All You Need
A caption of "no, I did not photoshop this" accompanied this silly picture and I didn't believe it. I still don't, but that's just because I have proof: The crop tool was used.


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7. The TSA's Sense of Humor Makes Me Nervous
This is a photo of the TSA booth by the security check-in point at Indianapolis International Airport. Take a close look at the wallpaper on the computer in that booth. Nervous yet?


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8. The Concert Speakers Are A Lie
My life was just flipped, turned upside down and I didn't even have to move to California. It just took one photo, a dozen instant messages, and a handful of emails to confirm that I've been lied to by musicians.


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9. Drug King's Luxury Triplex Hidden In the Slums
Complexo do Alemão-one of the most dangerous and poorest slums in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A 731-acre sea of crumbling shacks in which pariahs survive and criminals thrive. That's where drug king Pezão had his secret luxury mansion.


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10. The Simpsons' Title Scene Secretly Created By Banksy
Just when I thought The Simpsons couldn't surprise me anymore, yesterday's 10/10/10 episode had the most acidic, in-your-face title scene I've ever seen on TV. Not surprisingly, it was storyboarded and directed by legendary graffiti artist Banksy.


Been under a rock? See what else happened this year in our Best of 2010 series.

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