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."
An exit poll questionnaire in SC yesterday. This is shameful! pic.twitter.com/MiS0FatnU5
— Auztin (@troyauztin) November 5, 2014
South Carolina's WSPA-TV confirms that voters around the state received exit polls with this and other racially-charged questions last week, including one that stated "if blacks would only try harder, they could be as well off as whites."
Of course, the questionnaire wasn't designed to spread bigotry so much as measure it, as even racist dumbshits know that propaganda's generally more effective if you disseminate it before people vote.
"We do this every day," explained Clemson University professor David Woodard, who conducted the poll. "We didn't think too much about it until we got it out in the field and saw that there was some reaction."
Vladimir Putin’s Motorcade As Seen From The Air.
— The Poke (@ThePoke) November 11, 2014
It'd be pretty funny if the motorcade of notorious homophobe Vladimir Putin was shaped like a big ol' ding-dong, right? Unfortunately, the real thing is just a standard, dumb-looking arrow, BuzzFeed's Alan White explains.
— John Galt (@JohnGGalt) November 10, 2014
Last weekend, rumors began spreading online that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed by U.S.-led airstrikes, bolstered by the discovery of the inevitable sketchy death pic. As is pretty much always the case, the picture turned out to be a crude Photoshop of a totally different person's dead body.
A new, unintentionally steamy sermon from al-Baghdadi (wherein he asks his ji-hotties to "explode the volcanoes of jihad everywhere") suggests the terror leader is still alive, if maybe a little lonely.
— Discovery News (@DNews) November 13, 2014
Media outlets around the world—including pretty okay ones like The Gawker.com—reported yesterday that a young tiger had been spotted outside Disneyland Paris, citing an alert released by French officials.
According to Eric Hansen, an official with France's wildlife agency, the fearsome creature is somewhere "between a domestic cat and a bigger feline."
Social media cock-ups are pretty much the norm for #brands these days, and a recent experiment in automation from the New England Patriots was no exception. It turns out if you set up a bot to create custom graphics online, you're going to attract people like @IHATENlGGERSS, who was graciously thanked for his trolling by the Patriots' Twitter account last night.
The Patriots quickly issued an apology, promising to, in the future, exercise the kind of caution that can only come with ever having used the Internet before.
We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 14, 2014