Web Embraces Photo Of Mystery Couple At Vancouver Riots : The Picture Show At first we thought it was too surrreal to be true. But yes, this photo is real life.

Web Embraces Photo Of Mystery Couple At Vancouver Riots

This image has gone viral around the web — and has spawned an increasingly vociferous debate about what's really going on in this scene, captured during the Vancouver riots after the Canucks' loss to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

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Why burn couches when you can make out in the street?
Rich Lam/Getty Images

"I'm not sure what exactly was going on," photographer Rich Lam says on the phone. "I just saw these two people and I thought they were hurt. ... I didn't really know what I got until the editor pointed it out."

Hopefully the people in the photo will come forth and explain what, exactly, was happening. Is this the V-J day in Times Square of our generation?

[Update at 12:10 p.m. ET: Could it be these people? Performance art? Or is she hurt? Hm.]

[Update at 4:58 p.m. ET: Some trends on Twitter suggest that the girl in this photo might indeed be injured, and Esquire offers the scene from another perspective. The headline and text of this story, which said the couple was definitely kissing, have been edited as the debate around the photo continues to unfurl.]

[Friday update: The Two-Way blog has picked up the story with new reporting on who the couple may be.]