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."
When one kid's gleefully morbid darnd-ism showed up on Reddit yesterday, even those who truly wanted to believe had trouble doing so without reservation, Jezebel's Mark Shrayber going so far as to attach a disclaimer reading "this may not be a real little girl, but it's Thanksgiving and it's funny and we deserve a little joy."
Fortunately for them (and legions of under-appreciated dead people), the picture is real, showing the front page of Thursday's Saline Courier. The quote can clearly be seen here on a stack of bundled papers, confirming that young Isabella's wisdom reached thousands of readers in central Arkansas this week.
— Jelena Jovanovic (@Miss_Cybernaut) November 27, 2014
On Thursday, this picture and a similar one featuring a surprisingly principled Pikachu balloon were widely shared on Twitter with the hashtag #StopTheParade, the name of a Ferguson-related demonstration against the (notoriously violent) Macy's Day Parade.
IT'S NOT A RACE ISSUE? THIS IS FERGUSON RIGHT NOW. 2014. pic.twitter.com/ELnvd8gfZt— NEW IG: yourfavzav (@XAVIERLEEDS) November 25, 2014
Captured during an anti-semitic demonstration in Lviv, Ukraine, the 2009 picture shows a completely different county's racist assholes—one of whom, @stevenscuba notes, sports a less-than-menacing SpongeBob Squarepants belt.
Supposedly from a 1974 Lego pamphlet, this picture immediately set off bullshit detectors when it popped up on Reddit Friday, expressing what some saw as an anachronistically progressive attitude on gender. But as The Independent confirmed on Monday, the anti-stereotyping message is absolutely real.
"The text is from 1974 and was a part of a pamphlet showing a variety of Lego doll house products targeted girls aged 4 and up," Lego spokesperson Emma Owen told the paper.
Terry Sawchuk - The face of a hockey goalie before masks became standard game equipment, 1966 pic.twitter.com/wYU27AuGsw
— Historical Pics (@VeryOldPics) November 24, 2014
Goalie Terry Sawchuk sports fake scars and wounds applied by a make-up artist to simulate injuries accumulated in 16 years of professional hockey, 1966.