We can't wait to see who falls for it when he announces the Queen's passing, assuming he's still alive in 2095.
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Attack Of The Badly Photoshopped Giant Crabs
Back in 2013, a website called Weird Whitstable posted a picture of what appeared to be an impossibly gigantic crab chilling by a British pier. It looked like this:
Bing Maps, Quinton Winter
Bing Maps, Quinton WinterA lot changes in the conversion to the metric system.
Despite the fact that the source was some random '90s-looking website about "ghost" photos and the like, or that the exact same image of the pier (sans mutant crab) can be found on Bing Maps, or that this is all incredibly stupid, the picture soon went viral. First it was picked up by The Sunday Express, where the site's owner explained that he got the photo from a fan, but coincidentally, he too had previously seen that very same crab without ever telling anyone about it. Right, because that's not something that would plague every conscious moment of a man's mind until the time of his probably crab-related death.
The story then spread to The Daily Mail family of printed toilet paper brands, and from there to quasi-reputable outlets like The Huffington Post and various morning shows. Meanwhile, yet another giant crab photo was found:
Quinton WinterDon't be scared; giant crabs only eat giant children
The Independent decided to ask some scientists about the possibility of the photo being real. It turns out that 1) that type of crab grows no larger than 11 inches, and 2) crab experts must get paid really poorly if they showed up for this gig.
The site's owner eventually admitted to Photoshopping the pictures and posting them for fun, without ever thinking that anyone could be dumb enough to believe in something like that. It seems this man, despite running his very own website, had never heard of the internet before.
E. Reid Ross has a couple books, Nature Is The Worst: 500 Reasons You'll Never Want To Go Outside Again and Canadabis: The Canadian Weed Reader, both available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Michael Guzniczak is a writer, actor, improviser and recovering lawyer living in Los Angeles. If you'd like to confuse him as much as the rest of Twitter does, feel free to follow @MJGuzniczak.
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