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Is this photo of a road detouring around a tree authentic?

Fake / Illustration. (I know this answer does not cite sources, but it's so obvious that requiring to find the "original artist" to expose it as a fake would be an undue complication.) ...
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Is this photo of a road detouring around a tree authentic?

TL;DR: No, it's not authentic. This is a digitally edited image based on a stock photo of a straight road in Arizona, USA. I did some digging based on Dewi Morgan's comment, and it seems that this ...
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Is this photo showing a woman standing in the nude before teenagers real?

The photo is real: unstaged and not 'doctored'. But all the surrounding text from the originating claim is misleading. The photo depicts the artist Mare Tralla. And some visitors to an art exhibition ...
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Is this a satellite image of Australian bushfires?

No, this is not a real satellite image of Australia. This is a heatmap of the areas affected by Australia's brushfires compiled using composite satellite images from NASA between December and January ...
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Is this a real photo of North Korean kids?

This photo was taken during the 1997 famine in North Korea by Justin Kilcullen, director of the Irish Catholic charity Trócaire. A period news report says: The Irish delegation met a member of ...
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Is this a real photo of Australia?

No, it is not a real photo. It is computer rendering created by Anton Balazh, a graphic artist who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia This graphic is available in his portfolio on Shutterstock: ...
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Is there only one photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon?

Here's another photo of Neil Armstrong on the Moon: Half resolution version of the original as released by NASA due to file size limits here at SE He's resting inside the LEM after his and Buzz ...
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Was Bill Gates' mugshot photo used in 2010 as a template for Outlook contacts?

While there has been no official confirmation from Microsoft of a connection between the two images (that I could find), we know that both images are real. For example Disable The People Pane In ...
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Are these photos of burned home surrounded by pristine trees in California due to the forest fires real?

The first image is legitimate. It is of a Paradise CA neighborhood after the Camp fire raged through the town (KTVU). The third image definitely is not of Paradise CA. This image was used three months ...
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Is this photo of a road detouring around a tree authentic?

This appears to be one of the original images used for this composition. In particular, the cars match up between the images. https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/rural-highway-royalty-free-...
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Was this image of Cecil Williams drinking from a "white only" fountain digitally manipulated?

I haven't found a definitive way to date the photo, but the evidence put forward for it being fake is rather thin: There doesn't seem to be any controversy that segregated drinking fountains existed. ...
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Is this photo showing a woman standing in the nude before teenagers real?

The Short Answer This is a real photograph of a respected artist in Estonia presenting a creative work to an audience of various ages. The composition of the audience appears to be unremarkable to ...
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Did CNN use these 3 different photos of the same girl being rescued?

Here is a Snopes article about the image. The images are real, and they do indeed show the same girl. The implication of the meme seems to be that CNN faked the image, or used it in a different ...
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Do these photos show Ukrainian children being trained to fight the Russian army?

This answer talks about two Ukrainian photojournalists, both called Sergei: Sergei Supinsky and Sergei Dolzhenko. Both of them photographed the training event in Ukraine. Supinsky's photos are ...
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Is this a declassified photo?

This could easily be a manipulated photo of a "Spazm" Halloween doll. Here's an image of one recently sold on eBay: And a slightly different newer model on Amazon:
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Muslim couple provocatively pictured on beach — true holiday photo or fake (i.e. staged/set up)?

A Google image search suggests it comes from Villa Next Door: Graduation Show 2017; Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and is part of the portfolio created by an artist, Jaimy Gail. Since it is described ...
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Was National Geographic just filming a snake attack a child and not helping?

The image is not from National Geographic, but from the TV show Nature's Deadliest (image 3 in the slideshow) from Animal Planet. Waffelsatnoon.com and hoaxorfact.com both describe it as ...
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Is this photo of a LGBT protest march digitally faked?

This image shows the banner of a group called LGBT Against Islamophobia. The specific image was taken at Birmingham Pride in 2015, but they were also at other prides such as London Pride. Personally, ...
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Is this a satellite image of Australian bushfires?

BBC Report on recent Australian fire maps One image shared widely by Twitter users, including by singer Rihanna, was interpreted as a map showing the live extent of fire spread, with large sections ...
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Is there only one photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon?

TL;DR: No, there is at least another pohoto, AS11-40-5894, but we figured that out only in 1994, and the other photo is of poorer quality. From NASA (emphasis mine): AS11-40-5886 (OF300) ( 1016k or ...
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Is The Venice Syndrome documentary cover photo real?

No. This particular photo is not real. This particular ship did visit Venice and the photo was taken during that time. Here is a comparison: The second photo in this montage shows the source for ...
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Is this photo showing a woman standing in the nude before teenagers real?

The photo is from an Estonian exhibition. The exhibit runs "29.06 – 3.08.2019" or June 29th 2019 through August 3rd 2019. Evidence that this is the correct exhibit is that some of the visitors on the ...
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Did 13 men kill themselves after being rejected by Princess Qajar?

There does not appear to be any credible evidence to support this claim. Like you all, I saw the meme and was frustrated by what was obviously an attempt to make it go viral, rather than perpetuate ...
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Can gamma rays on an airplane damage a digital camera?

Robert Hummel's claims are quite inaccurate, in a number of ways. The gamma ray flux on Earth Earth's atmosphere is effectively opaque to gamma rays and cosmic rays, the latter of which are high-...
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Is this a genuine photo of the supermoon over Gdańsk?

As already stated by Frederico et. al. it's not the supermoon over Gdansk because the picture was already posted earlier. It's neither genuine because the line of sight (feel free to enable the 3d ...
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Do these photos show Ukrainian children being trained to fight the Russian army?

Yes. As far as I can tell. More similar images hosted by Yahoo news. My local news hosted one of these pictures. Second article. Both credit the figure to SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP. Search on him seem to ...
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Is this a genuine photo of the supermoon over Gdańsk?

About this first element of your question Is this a photo of the supermoon over Gdańsk? We can easily answer with a clear NO, as the photo has been published before: http://trojmiasto.eska.pl/...
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