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MR. AND MRS. Dinesh Rathod, both police officers in Pune, Maharahstra, India, claim to have climbed Mount Everest. As proof of conquering this 28,028-ft. peak, they offer a photo showing themselves at the summit. However, according to yesterday’s Orange County Register, July 6, 2016, Satyanrup Siddhantha of Bangalore, India, noticed something striking in their photographic evidence.

He’s also a mountaineer, a climber of Mount Everest, and he notes the background of the Rathods’ photo shows remarkable similarity to that of his own Mount Everest photo. Police officials are investigating whether the Rathod photo isn’t merely a doctored version of his.


Satyanrup Siddhantha, Everest climber. Image from the Orange County Register, July 6, 2016.

Susan Sonntag, American essayist, teacher and political activist, said, “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.”

I offer evidence of this here.


Juno and I are now orbiting Jupiter. Part of this image from NASA JPL.

It’s a little known secret that I accompanied Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his historic Yalta meeting with Joseph Stalin and others.


I was heavier then.

I’ve been to Tupolo, Mississippi, and toured the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Less known is my meeting The King.


At right, The King; at left, a houn’ dog.

Grant Wood once asked me to model for one of his paintings.


The wife and I recognize that America is great.

Back before Wife Dottie, I used to party with Hieronymus Bosch.


Getting down in the garden with pal Hieronymus and friends.

Last, but certainly not least, visitors to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel may recognize me.


On the right, God; on the left….

Susan Sonntag sure got it right about reality. ds

© Dennis Simanaitis,, 2016

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