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.”
In an effort to explain Megyn Kelly’s exsanguinating cross-examination of Donald Trump at last week’s GOP debate, some of the candidate’s supporters suggested a possible hidden agenda with this photo, supposedly showing the Fox News reporter posing with Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and his unnamed, niqab-clad sister.
Additionally, if one were to actually “GOOGLE IT!” as the image implores, they’d quickly learn that Prince Al-Waleed is far from being “the co-owner” of Fox News.
In reality, Al-Waleed’s Kingdom Holding Company has a reported 6.6% interest in 21st Century Fox, the News Corp. successor that owns the company’s former entertainment assets, including Fox News, 20th Century Fox and the Fox television network.
On Wednesday, The Verge posted a detailed explainer addressing some of the most common quibbles with the photos, including the absence of a shadow (the Moon isn’t passing between the Sun and Earth), Earth’s seemingly stationary clouds (cloud structures move slowly) and the relative size of the two bodies as seen by NASA’s DSCOVR satellite (the satellite is hundreds of thousands of miles away from both objects).
As many (hopefully most!) suspected, this viral image of “the world’s smallest cat” currently making the rounds on Facebook again is a fake, the result of a Photoshop contest held almost 10 years ago.
The actual Mr. Peebles, however, is significantly larger than the mouse-sized mouser seen above, measuring 6.1 inches tall and 19.2 inches long, tail-included.