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Is this picture showing an eagle flying upside-down genuine?

This image can be attributed to Pam Mullens a Canadian wildlife photographer sometimes going by the pseudonym EagleHunter. This image and other photos of eagles flying in interesting and unusual ...
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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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Did smiling, female Israeli soldiers pose with "We kill Children" placards during Gaza War?

TL;DR: No, the image is photo-shopped. This is shown by: Finding an earlier published image which is extremely similar, aside from the content of the placard being Israeli flag (star of David) ...
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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 picture showing an eagle flying upside-down genuine?

It's definitely possible for an eagle to be upside down during flight. Here's a Youtube video titled "Bald Eagle barrel roll". It shows some eagles playing or fighting or something and doing barrel1 ...
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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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Is this picture showing an eagle flying upside-down genuine?

This is a normal bird "thing". It's known as "whiffling": Whiffling is a term used in ornithology to describe the behavior whereby a bird rapidily descends with a zig-zagging, side-slipping motion. ...
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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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Is this picture of Rachel Dolezal reading a book called "How to be Black" genuine?

The image turns out to be photoshopped. Apparently, that picture has been tweeted recently by a columnist called Jonah Goldberg here on 14 June 2015 and went viral: After rigorous search online, an ...
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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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Was Pope Francis a Black Sabbath fan in his youth?

No, he couldn't have been. He was born in 1936 and Black Sabbath was most famous in his 40's (1970's). In the picture he is wearing a cassock, which clearly does not normally have Black Sabbath ...
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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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Is Queen Elizabeth queuing for a sandwich in this photo?

No, the Queen isn't queuing for a sandwich in this photo. It turns out be a cardboard cutout of Queen Elizabeth II or a photoshopped image. Several images were posted on Berlin.de on June 23, 2015 16:...
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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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Did Esurance put up a billboard saying "Cover your home in a dick"?

The image was stated to have been photoshopped. UPDATE: Welp, the fun's over. Esurance contacted us today, and they're saying the image above is photoshopped. To be fair, we were incredulous when ...
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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 "Remove child before washing" clothes label real?

The label is real. It is a joke on behalf of the manufacturer, the Norwegian company "Ugly Children's Clothing" (They now seem to be trading as Marius Kids; the history/relationship was too ...
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Did Esurance put up a billboard saying "Cover your home in a dick"?

It's real and was confirmed by esurance in a tweet. Just in case the tweet gets removed later, here is a screenshot: According to several sources online, the billboard was put in Chicago, not in New ...
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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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Were firearms prohibited in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870s?

Yes, the photograph is real and comes from Adam Wrinkler's book "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America" which he mentioned in an article on Huffington Post on the topic of gun ...
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