Monday, January 9, 2012

Universiteit Utrecht pulls 't Hooft birthday pic

The Ivar Pel photograph that El Naschie photoshopped to portray an intimate get-together with his three Nobel Laureate friends, is gone. The original link,, and the parent directories, now redirect to a generic Physics and Astronomy page.

That was his 60th birthday, and he's 65 now, so maybe they just decided it was time to take it down. Of course the photo had become famous for the wrong reasons, and that may have been a contributing factor. Here's the original for safe keeping. Click for full size.

And El Naschie's photoshop:

The Internet never forgets.

't Hooft's birthday is July 5. Does anyone know whether he had a 65th birthday party last year? If he did, El Naschie probably was not invited.

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  1. They're gone half a year, at least. I think I've mentioned that somewhere; I'll let you know.

  2. Indeed, Shrink noted the gallery disappearance in an email to me on 28 January 2011 and I promptly forgot about it. :)