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."
It's all terribly true: The first shot of the Human-Robot Wars was fired last week when a robotic vacuum rose up against its organic overseer in South Korea. The above photo, provided by the Changwon City Fire Department, shows emergency personnel during their half-hour-long mission to free the unnamed woman, who foolishly fell asleep in the company of her electric serf.
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As the Snopes article I linked to then explains, the picture comes via deviantArt, where it's helpfully filed under "Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Animals & Plants." The original photo, from Flickr, shows a rare (but real) white lion at South Africa's Cango Wildlife Ranch.
Since it was posted by Facebook shit pic factory "Stop the World, the Teabaggers Want Off" last Friday, this picture has been shared by over 1,000 people, few of whom seem to have read the group's disclaimer, which reads, "This page is for entertainment purposes. It is NOT meant to be taken seriously."
Those people can hardly be blamed, however, given the group's habit of attributing fake quotes to specific dates and events, a practice that only makes sense if your intent is to deceive. The above line appears nowhere in Cruz's actual CPAC speech, which, it should be noted, has plenty of real stupid quotes to choose from.
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While the above photos come from a real incident where 28 inmates escaped a Brazilian prison after wardens were drugged by women promising sex, the Daily Mirror's headline contains one key error: the women were visitors to, not inmates of, the men's prison. From the Mirror's own story:
The three women - one of them reportedly the girlfriend of one of the prisoners who escaped - arrived at the prison at 3am on Thursday morning and asked to be let inside to "chat and drink", police said.
The prison guards reportedly obliged and were soon persuaded to leave their posts, accompanying the girls to staff sleeping quarters.
After drugging the wardens the women handcuffed them, took their keys and unlocked all the prison's cells, according to chief Angelina de Andrades Ferreira.
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As Gawker own's Adam Weinstein explained at length on Thursday, this image and many others pushed by Senator Jim Inhofe as evidence of Russian incursion into Ukraine actually pre-date the current conflict by several years. Notably, the photo used to illustrate the Washington Free Beacon's *EXCLUSIVE* article on the pictures dates to at least 2012.
Just hours after publishing the photos, the Free Beacon issued an update noting that "[s]everal images of the Russian convoys appear to have been taken in 2008, during Russia's conflict with Georgia."
Of course, that doesn't mean Russia isn't up to bad shit Ukraine, but these photos don't prove it.
Image via The Daily Beacon