This photo was shared on my Facebook page.

Colorado Springs off Cimarron and I-25, this city worker is doing his best not to get swept up by the wind!

The post was from FOX21 News Facebook News Feed (January 9 2017, 5:20pm): Colorado Springs off Cimarron and I-25, this city worker is doing his best not to get swept up by the wind!

I wouldn't be surprised to find this is a hoax. Their left hand looks like it is pushing against the truck (supporting their weight), rather than stretched to hold on. Their right foot looks like it could be resting on top of the wood. The debris below looks like it is just sitting there. How is the person taking the picture able to do so while experiencing the same strong wind?

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    You can also notice his jacket is just hanging, not stretched in the supposed direction of wind.
    – Pere
    Jan 13, 2017 at 21:23
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    Also, look at the chains dangling below his right hand. If the wind is strong enough to pick up a human, those chains would be horizontal. Jan 13, 2017 at 21:27
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    A joke doesn't mean "hoax". Seriously, it's a joke.
    – user11643
    Jan 13, 2017 at 21:29
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    You can clearly see by the shape of the palm that the bottom hand is being used to adjust for the rotational force by his body pushing down and not holding on like his top hand
    – Andrey
    Jan 13, 2017 at 21:29
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    @fredsbend - It's one thing to post a picture on your own social media page as a joke. But, it's a totally different matter to send the picture to a tv news station and lie about the actual circumstances. Perhaps "hoax" is too strong to describe this, but "joke" is not strong enough. But, in any event, it is a fun and entertaining photo. Jan 14, 2017 at 21:00

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The Facebook post cites Cody Pierce as the source for the photo. In a comment on that post (does that link to the comment? it should) he states:

Marg Braddock Real or photo chopped? Either way it is an impressive picture!

17 · January 10 at 6:48pm · Edited

Cody Pierce It's real just holding him self up

24 · January 9 at 4:09pm

So the photo is a real photo. The guy is just holding himself up.

Yes, it's possible that this is not the real Cody Pierce, or a different one, or he's lying. But that seems to be evidence enough.

  • Yes, it does link directly to that comment. Thanks. Jan 14, 2017 at 21:18
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    Also if the wind was that strong there wouldn't be random junk on the ground just laying there not moved an inch by the wind. Jan 18, 2017 at 9:07

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