9/11 Memes

Tourist Guy

This meme went viral soon after 9/11.

Man on World Trade Center roof with airplane approaching behind him
Tourist Guy

The accompanying text read, “We’ve seen thousands of pictures concerning the attack. However, this one will make you cringe. A simple tourist getting himself photographed on the top of the WTC just seconds before the tragedy... the camera was found in the rubble!!”

Man on World Trade Center roof with airplane being shot by an X-wing fighter behind him
Tourist Guy with X-wing iteration

The image was obviously fake. 9/11 happened on a warm September day. The man in the photo was visiting New York City in the winter.

Many iterations followed...

Man on World Trade Center roof with a DeLorian car approaching behind him
Tourist Guy with DeLorian iteration
Man on World Trade Center roof with a giant plastic Jesus behind him
Tourist Guy with plastic Jesus iteration
Man on World Trade Center roof with Dumbo behind him
Tourist Guy with Dumbo iteration
Man on World Trade Center roof with balloons behind him
Tourist Guy with balloons
Man on World Trade Center roof with Hindenburg
Tourist Guy with Hindenburg
Man on World Trade Center roof
Tourist Guy original
Man on World Trade Center roof, different angle
Tourist Guy original