When I saw the titles of books that had been banned I was pretty shocked to see “Where’s Waldo?” on the list. I could not imagine how a book of pictures featuring a guy who appears to derive great enjoyment from hiding in crowded places would offend anyone.
Silly daddy! There’s always something.
In this case, the problem is a Waldo wardrobe malfunction.
In the original 1987 edition of “Where’s Waldo?”, this following image appears:
As you can see, the woman has removed her bikini top, presumably to enable a more even tan. A small male person, perhaps a child, is dumping water on the woman’s back, causing her to leap up in surprise and show her “girls” to a rather happy looking gentleman who appears to have some brown substance smeared on his chest (I’m color-blind, so apologies if that color isn’t brown). If you look really really really closely, and are more than a little bit uptight, you might even say that there is a nipple showing.
The image was altered for a 1997 “special edition:”
As you can see, the painted jezebel has covered up. Now children everywhere are safe.
But I think the new image doesn’t go far enough! As some folks point out over on snopes.com, the top left corner of this scene clearly shows two men in a compromising position