Saturday, May 8, 2010

Giant Skeleton Hoax

The scam began with a retouched photo and found a receptive audience online, and then, with religious connotations, perhaps unintended image.
A digital photograph amended in 2002 shows a huge break a wooden platform with a shovel wielding archaeologist thrown around for reference.  

In 2004, the "discovery" by e-mail and blogs in the world, was "Giant Skeleton Unearthed" State "and is experiencing a rebirth in 2007.

The false image is evident. But the story refuses to go to bed, up to five years later, in the case of a steady stream of e-mail to National Geographic News are any indication. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)

News from around the world, Portugal, India, El Salvador, Malaysia, Africa, Dominican Republic, Greece, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya. But all the same question: Is it true?


To promote the recent increase in history are a handful of media who reported the finding of fact.

An often cited March 2007 article in India, Hindu Voice monthly, for example, said a team from the National Geographic Society in cooperation with the Indian Army, had dug a giant human skeleton in India.

"The recent exploration activities in the northern region of India uncovered skeletal remains of a great man," said the report.

The story continues, the discovery of a team of National Geographic (India Division) has been supported by the Indian army, which, since the region is under the jurisdiction of the army. "
The account is that the team also found tablets with inscriptions that suggest the giant belonged to a race of supermen in the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic, in 200 BC, is mentioned, C.

"They were very tall, big and powerful that your arms around a tree trunk and uproot," said the report is submitted to repeated requests that initially appeared in 2004.
Voice Editor P. Deivamuthu approved National Geographic News that his release was taken up by false reports.

The Monthly based in Mumbai (Bombay), has published a retraction after readers alerted Deivamuthu the joke, "he said.

"We are against spreading lies and falsifications," he added Deivamuthu. "Additionally, our readers a very intellectual class and will not tolerate, have no meaning."

Other blogs as an announcement in May 2007, at a place called Srini's Weblog-cite a report supposedly in the Times of India 22nd April 2004, published. However, research has provided the archives of newspapers, that such articles.

Giant Saudi

Variations are enormous fun photos alleged discovery of a 60 - to 80-feet (18-24 meters) human skeleton in Saudi Arabia. In a popular time, also the first time in 2004, a team of oil exploration would have made the discovery.

Here is the skeleton of the giant of evidence in Islamic receive instead of Hindu scriptures.


Web sites devoted to Urban Legends and discredit "netlore" in the various giant hoaxes shortly after the first performance.

Based in California reported for example that the image of the skeleton Worth1000, where competitions are held for the photo manipulation has been lifted.

Titled "Giants," the image of the skeleton spoon and finished in third place in 2002 in a contest called "Archaeological Anomalies second"

The image of its creator, illustrator of Canada who goes by the screen name IronKite, "he told National Geographic News by e-mail that has nothing to do with the next round.

She said she wants to remain anonymous because some forums that discuss about whether the giant is genuine or not, their whole argument turned into a "religious. It has been argued, for instance, that Saudi Arabia is the Qur'an, in perfect harmony with the teachings.

"This is the same time as the death threats and cash prizes for designers and professionals have been assigned to other things, like the representatives of the Prophet Muhammad was to be done," wrote IronKite.

How was the image

IronKite began with an aerial photo of a mastodon excavation in Hyde Park, New York, in 2000. Then digital superimposed a human skeleton remains of the animal.

The subsequent addition of a digging man presented the biggest challenge technique.

"When you see a yellow shovel handles, but there is nothing in the end," said IronKite.

"In the beginning, at the end of things. But [the] space seemed exactly the same as the temple of the skeleton to be filled, while everything seems wrong.

"Now, it seems that an entire floor, and people do not realize. Eastern funny. "

IronKite also changed the color of clothing the man to create a "uniform tie-in with the observation of a white shirt under the wooden platform.

Both figures work to exaggerate the size of the skeleton, he added.

(Associates: "Shark" Photo of the Year "is the e-mail Hoax" [March 8, 2005].)

IronKite said he was tickled that the picture, which lasted only an hour and a half to build, has caused so much attention on the Internet.

"I laugh when someone knowing someone was there, or even come to say he or she was there when they found the skeleton and took the picture," said IronKite claims.

"Sometimes people seem so desperate for something they themselves are, or believe, to exaggerate to make their own arguments stronger."

Wanting to Believe

David Mikkelson of said such hoaxes succeed when people seem to have been somewhat inclined to believe, to confirm a prejudice, political viewpoint or religion.

A buffalo is also necessary to "provide a framework that has the appearance of credibility," he said in an e-mail.

The creator of the "old" is twofold, according to Mikkelson.

"It is both a religion and a secular view of the world so different and fantastic that science alone we believe, called," he said.

"Proof," Mikkelson said, "is in the form of a fairly convincing."

For those who knowingly spread the myth, Mikkelson has the motivation was probably not different from the motivation to play a game of ring signals the door for someone and flees, because he a simple way, the cost of someone else, is the stream. "

Alex Boese, "curator" of the Virtual Museum of jokes, false-giants have a long history dating back at least to 1700.

Fraud is a reminiscence of the past, once famous Cardiff Giant myth, found a stone statue of ten feet (three meters) in 1869 in Cardiff, New York, "said Boese included.

Many believe that this figure was a petrified man and claimed he was one of the giants in the biblical book of Genesis says: "There were giants on the earth in those days."

Likewise, Boese said, the recent giant hoax "feeds people's desire for secrecy and the hope that the concrete confirmation of religious legends."

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