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Fake Science Fair Projects is a photoshop meme in which images or text of student projects such as science fair presentations are altered for humorous effect.
In March 2008, Something Awful hosted a Photoshop Phriday contest where users altered images from a July 2006 Fashion SWAT post highlighting some of the worst outfit and posterboard combination from science fairs. There were eight pages of contributions.
In August 2008, Flickr user Travis Pitts uploaded a collection of science fair project images under the title “photoshoppery” with a description claiming that the original projects were created by his students in class. In November 2008, theCHIVE highlighted a few of the SomethingAwful photoshops. A year later, Buzzfeed published a compilation of both actual science fair projects, including ones from a collection at PhotoBasement, as well as some of the original SomethingAwful photoshopped ones.
On April 27th, 2010, Urlesque posted a compilation article titled “30 Hilarious Real and Fake Science Fair Projects Print,” which was subsequently picked up by Digg. The images saw a resurgence in fall of 2011 due to a post on image Tumblr Meme-Meme.
Search peaked in January 2011, but that month was also when the Google Science Fair was announced.
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