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Polycephalic Pigeon?

Or Trick of the Light? This recent photo of a polycephalic (many-headed) dove (not pigeon) reflects an issue that is at the center of a storm of controversy between the world of Iranigami and its detractors.

Upon seeing this photo, some would say that the dove pictured here is a genuine two-headed dove. Others would say that this is a photo of a dove that appears to have two heads through a trick of the light. Still others would say that it must have been photo shopped.

Even those who accept that photo is of a two-headed dove might question whether this is an Imaginary, or the mutation of a scientifically recognized creature.

Ever since photography was invented, photos of this nature have appeared. Some have been hoaxes; some a trick of the light; and some genuine. Telling one from the other requires additional information, which is not always available.

It’s not only photographs that are called into question. For many centuries before the camera was invented, people have been writing about their sightings of Imaginaries. Some of these chronicles are accepted as fact; others are considered essentially factual, but containing errors or misinformation in the description; and still other chronicles are considered to be legend or fiction.

As an example, Cerberus, the three-headed dog of ancient Greece, was believed to be a real being by some; considered essentially real but incorrectly described by others; and dismissed by still others as a myth. And if one tries to determine whether the occasional report of a three-headed dog born on a farm or in a remote country is an Imaginary or a mutation, it’s easy to see how confusing it can be to tell the difference between real and imaginary.

While the controversy about three-headed dogs continues, we are able to settle the argument around this photo because we can speak to the photographer, an Iranigami sympathizer. He reports that this is a photo of two doves standing together, and the appearance of polycephaly is a trick of the light. - FAUX, Senior Field Agent, Iranigami (Canada)

Polycephalic Pigeon Photo copyright 2014 by Don Coughlin.


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