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.”
From shady color enhancements to full-on fake dragons, bogus animal pics are staple of the web these days. Fortunately, to an even greater degree than the internet is fake and bad, nature is real and cool, offering up cuties like Hyalinobatrachium dianae, a recently discovered species of glass frog.
Almost all of the coverage given to H. dianae this week focused on the amphibian’s resemblance to a certain pig-loving puppet, but let’s step back for a moment and just appreciate the animal for what it is: one chill-ass frog.
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This week, New South Wales, Australia was hit with a record-breaking “superstorm” causing extensive flooding, but nothing, fortunately, like the improbable cascade over Sydney’s Harbour Bridge ginned up by design agency Creative Order.
“I would be very surprised if that would ever happen,” a transportation spokesperson told Mashable. “We wouldn’t be able to even have vehicles on there if there was that much water. So no, it’s definitely a fake.”
Ignoring, for the moment, that this image is a fairly obvious composite, the pictured caption is notable for being wrong in every possible way. The building seen pasted onto Thailand’s Ko Tapu islet here is Lichtenstein castle (not house), built in Germany (not England) in the 19th century (not antiquity) and currently open to visitors (not abandoned).
The quadruple rainbow photographed by New Yorker Amanda Curtis this week may seem like a fabrication designed to win our country’s multiple rainbow arms race, but experts agree that the phenomenon, while rare, is entirely real. On Tuesday, NOAA Research Meteorologist Paul Neiman analyzed the picture in The Washington Post:
This is an outstanding example of a primary and secondary rainbow (relatively common) occurring together with their reflected-light counterparts (quite rare).
For the much rarer reflected-light rainbows shown in this spectacular photo, a large glassy-smooth water surface is required behind the observer. This smooth water surface reflects the sun, such that a second solar light source is generated. This reflected sun, which is located the same the number of arc degrees below the horizon as the real sun is above the horizon, creates a second primary and secondary rainbow on the opposite side of the sky from the sun, but with the center of these reflected-light rainbows above the horizon.
As Factually’s Matt Novak explained earlier this week, basically every part of this viral image is fake. Not only is the whispering Darwin in the background a creepy Photoshop job, the quoted phrase appears nowhere in the naturalist’s work, likely originating with a Louisiana business professor broadly (mis)interpreting the evolutionary theorist’s findings in 1963. Furthermore, Darwin is pretty unlikely to have said anything at all in 1809, the year he was born.
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