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."
Only true '90s kids will remember the abject terror they experienced on Wednesday over spider-filled Beanie Babies, falling by the thousands for this ClickHole article. Of course, as a post from The Onion's clickbait parody site, neither the story nor the picture were real, but we asked Beanie-birthers Ty Inc. for comment anyway:
It sounds like you've heard about the recent hoax article Clickhole.com published online. Be assured Ty products are not manufactured with insect eggs.
Tellingly, Ty's denial specifically mentions insect eggs and not the arachnid eggs of rumor, shrewdly leaving the door open for future spider-based plush toys.
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Salvador Dali drawing a penis on the forehead of a woman and signing it with Picasso’s signature pic.twitter.com/Dxnde3BWps
— Old Pics Archive (@oldpicsarchive) November 6, 2014
Surrealist and Franco supporter Salavador Dalí is just the kind of guy you'd expect to see drawing dicks on people, which probably goes a long way toward explaining this picture's lasting popularity online. Unfortunately for fans of historical dick pics, the photo is a complete fake.
As noted by Twitter's unofficial photo cop @PicPedant, the image is actually a manipulated version of a photograph by frequent Dalí collaborator Philippe Halsman. In the original, Dalí paints a far more appropriate (and frankly way less interesting) design on the forehead of his wife Gala.
A strange vampire deer has been spotted for the first time in 60 years... pic.twitter.com/wlxn0BZf60
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 5, 2014
Cartoonish pictures of so-called "vampire deer" were all over the Internet this week after researchers reported a rare sighting of the creatures in northeastern Afghanistan. But despite their improbably toothy appearance, the fake-looking deer and their fang-like tusks are absolutely real.
Properly known as musk deer, the primitive Bambi relatives have been hunted to the brink of extinction for their odorous butt glands, worth more than their weight in gold because humans are total creeps. Pictured above is the Siberian musk deer, similar in appearance to its elusive Kashmiri cousin.
— Metro (@MetroUK) November 2, 2014
Like the schoolchildren we are, the Internet cruelly mocked Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel last weekend for apparently relieving himself on live television. Naturally, that's not what actually happened, as even the most junior broadcaster knows better than to piss on camera.
Brian Williams went so far as to publicly scold social media users on Monday for their misinterpretation, explaining that Seidel was in reality messing around with his phone, a sin that leaves none of us innocent.
As Gawker's own Adam Weinstein explained on Tuesday, not only was Captain Jack Sparrow a real candidate in this week's elections (running for a county commission seat in Hennepin County, Minnesota), his name is quite possibly the least weird thing about him.
A self-proclaimed "Occupirate," Sparrow has a habit of showing up to public hearings in full pirate regalia and proudly boasts ties to Minnesota's Revolutionary Anarchist Bowling League. Unfortunately, Sparrow failed to swashbuckle his way to victory on election night, plundering just 22.77 percent of the vote.