Occasionally, against all odds, you'll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic "forward" or a pitiless "delete."
Translucent Butterfly pic.twitter.com/c0Myp2Ih7b
— Earth Pics (@EarthPix) September 3, 2014
If you're one of the millions of people who follow @EarthPix or @Fascinatingpics on Twitter, there's a good chance you saw the above photo this week. Those accounts both identified the insect as a "translucent butterfly," but you're probably more familiar with its scientific name, "total bullshit."
As first pointed out by viral image debunker @PicPedant, the picture is actually a winning entry from a bubble-themed photo manipulation contest. Technically, that makes it both "fascinating" and "from Earth," but then again so is the dumb "Tupac meets Beyoncé" picture from last week.
On Wednesday, this picture of a lewd if not particularly sensical* typographical error started spreading online, scoring write-ups from Deadspin and The Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, while the billboard's kerning error is very real, this photo is not.
As the above image provided by Esurance shows, the billboard's dickish script is definitely there, but not quite as extreme as in the widely circulated altered photo. Ultimately, the insurer was uncomfortable with a billboard that even kinda-sorta looked like it said "dick" and by Thursday morning the offending sign had been taken down.
*What can one really "cover" with a dick? A stick of gum? A Swiss Army knife, maybe?
Ridiculous fake traffic signs have been a staple of "funny picture" sites for over a decade, but this 15-foot monument to byzantine parking regulations is the real deal. According to CBS Los Angeles, the signs stood for about a day last month outside a Culver City, Calif. elementary school. "It looked like... 'whoa,'" said Culver City mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells. "It was pretty impressive."
As Antiviral explained in detail yesterday, this photo, supposedly showing Darren Wilson's injuries after shooting Michael Brown, is of a different white dude entirely, one who doesn't even look like the Ferguson police officer. In reality, the picture shows (now deceased) motocross rider Jim McNeil following a 2006 crash that broke bones in his "forehead, cheek, nose, jaw and eye socket."
Odd-looking animals and creepy escaped pets are recurring themes in viral Internet garbage, so it was easy to dismiss this 5-foot-long monster stalking Los Angeles as just another urban legend. However, this fugitive albino cobra was absolutely real, subjecting Thousand Oaks, Calif. to a four-day reign of terror.
After the escaped snake bit a dog on Monday, LA County officials put out an alert warning sanity-deprived residents not to "approach or handle the snake in any way." On Thursday, animal control officers finally caught the cobra and according to The LA Times the dog is now expected to make a full recovery.
Image via Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control