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7 more viral photos that are totally fake



The Internet is flooded today with fake pictures, so it's hard to know what to believe. But Gizmodo is here to help.

Below we have collected seven viral images that you have recently seen around Facebook and Twitter. And they are all wrong in one way or another.

1) Is this a whip of two human spines?

This photo became viral last week and it's easy to see why. It is absolutely terrible. At least it's horrible to believe what people say about it.

The title of the viral tweet is "A whip made from two real human spines found in the basement of a deserted house in Wyoming." Can it be true? Luckily no.

The Whip is indeed a movie prop from the 2014 version of Hercules starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and it seems that this photo was taken to sell the prop online. If you look around, you can even find versions of the whip with a green-screen level inserted at the bottom of the eyelash.

Do not you still believe us? Take a look at this short battle sequence from the movie.

Where does the macabre story of a human spine come from? It seems that the claim "real human spine" was first made by Reddit about 8 months ago. But even then, in the comments, people exposed what it really was – a movie prop.

[ Twitter and Reddit]


2) Does this ] Photoshow worth $ 14 billion seized by El Chapo?

Trump supporters passed this photo allegedly showing billions of dollars confiscated by notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. And they ask why this money can not be used to build the president's racist boundary wall. For many reasons, as it turns out.

The photo actually shows piles of money seized in 2007 by the Chinese-Mexican businessman and alleged meth trafficker Zhenli Ye Gon. The US-American bust in Mexico brought in about $ 207 million in cash – the largest seizure of drugs in history. However, the photo has nothing to do with El Chapo and his recent trial.

The Drug Enforcement Agency's announcement about the seizure is no longer online online, but you can still see the press release thanks to the Wayback Machine, which archived the archive page from 2007.

How was the photo taken with El Chapo associated? One possibility is this Imgur collection from February 2014, which contains some real photos of a raid on El Chapo, but also unrelated photos that are thrown in for no apparent reason.

It's an impressive pile of money, but it's not billions and not El Chapo.

[ Twitter ]


3) Is this a photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton in Blackface? 19659004] This photo, allegedly showing former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Blackface, has been around for years. Even the rounds of the presidential campaign in 2016, in which Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump competed, they graduated. But no, that's not the famous couple.

After a blackface scandal in Virginia, the photo has become viral again. A photo of the old yearbook of Democratic governor Ralph Northam, where he (or one of his friends) appears in Blackface. Amazingly, Northam initially acknowledged that he was in the photo, then retired at one of the most bizarre press conferences.

The governor has refused to resign, and other Virginia politicians, including Attorney General Mark Herring, have spoken out to say that they have also created Blackface.

How do we know that the viral photo does not work? Bill and Hillary do not show? Because we have eyes. It's not her But it's super racist. [19455912]


4) Is this a horse-fish washed on the beach?

The sea is filled with terrible creatures. We looked at many of them at Gizmodo. However, this so-called horse fish, which has become viral in the social media, is 100 percent fake.

The first video was discovered by the viral debunker HoaxEye, a sculpture by the artist Juan Cabana. The artist's website does not seem to be available, but you can see the sculpture on the Wayback Machine where the 2013 photo was archived.

[ Twitter


5) Is this ] Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York?

If you've ever been to Syracuse, you know that this is not a photo of Syracuse. Not even close. But that did not stop anyone from releasing a video claiming that. Why? It looks like the original poster was joking. But that did not stop people from taking it seriously.