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."
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) October 29, 2014
Of course, contrary to corpuscularist propaganda like The Care Bears, rainbows aren't physical objects, making it somewhat difficult to fly "over" one. In reality, the picture is the result of polarized light meeting a plastic window and a polarized camera filter, as The Guardian explains at length.
— Conrad Quilty-Harper (@Coneee) October 29, 2014
As you can see below, the very real rock formations are stunning even without six generations of Instagram-filtering, but not quite the geologic rave pictured above.
The program follows London resident Keith Martin who, despite what this picture might have you believe, isn't actually a 3D wire-frame model.
Full moon rising over Mt. Hood pic.twitter.com/3wF4Wit4KV
— Amazing Pictures (@AMAZlNGPICTURES) October 25, 2014
I prepared for days to find the correct location to capture this image. I found a church parking lot with a view of Mt. Hood 63 miles to the East. As the sun went down the Moon came up on the North side of the Mountain but as it rose its' curved path placed it right over the top
Europe by night pic.twitter.com/sI5QpFbx8n
— Earth Pics (@ThatsEarth) October 29, 2014
On Wednesday, serial misattributer @ThatsEarth posted the above photo, purportedly of "Europe by night." As both Gizmodo's Matt Novak and Twitter's @PicPedant have noted, however, the picture actually comes from a series of social media visualizations by mapmaker Eric Fischer.
Unfortunately, Fischer has yet to map viral photos with misleading captions, but if he ever does we're pretty sure we know what it will look like: