We know some of you folks out there are going to scream "Fake" no matter what anyway, but we figured we'd stress one more time that these images are, unfortunately, completely real.
#15. On the Set of 2 Ark, 2 Furious: Noah's Revenge
Everyone's reaction to this one can be summed up as, "What's the big deal? It's just two pics, one of a giant oil tanker and one of a peaceful little town--OH HOLY FUCK THOSE PEOPLE ARE ABOUT TO BE CRUSHED."
That is in fact one photo, of the The Pasha Bulker, a ship that famously ran aground in 2007 within spitting distance of that little Australian community there. The accident was due to bad weather while the captain was "eating breakfast." Apparently it became quite a tourist attraction, with people traveling from all over to see the massive stuck ship and perhaps hoping it was about to spill several million gallons of Fosters.
#14. It's the Tasmanian Devil, Get in the Car
This spontaneous tornado photo looks like the kind of CGI you see in made-for-TV movies. But if it's fake, then National Geographic is lying to us. They say it's a 4,000-foot tall twister in Kansas. We think it looks like that bank of clouds ate a bit of bad Mexican last night. In which case, we're really glad not to be that Weather Tracker guy. Cracked meteorology tip: When you're within sighting distance of a bout of meteorological diarrhea, it's good not to wear your Sunday Best.
#13. Mom, Dad, I'd Like You to Meet my New Girlfriend
This is one of those in the "not just fake but a bad fake" category, looking like something from some magazine ad selling ... bear insurance or something. But in fact it's one of several pics of Brutus the Bear and the family who's keeping him as a pet.
Brutus was raised in captivity and serves as a pet/family friend to Casey Anderson, star of Expedition Grizzly. One of Casey's major goals is to use Brutus to show that giant bears aren't the dangerous man-eating monsters that we think they are. That's a brave mission he's on, considering the previous attempt to prove that resulted in the guy getting eaten.
#12. Prostitution in the Deep-Sea World
While this picture looks like some harebrained lipstick ad, it's actually the aptly-named "rosy-lipped batfish." Though it would probably could have been even more aptly-named "the scowling old lady at the DMV." Its expression is just perfect.
Also, it uses those legs/fins to crawl around on the sea floor, because it's apparently too lazy to swim.
#11. Winner of the "Turn Your Neighborhood into Mordor" Photoshop Contest
The Internet is lousy with mind bending images of street art that turns a few panels of sidewalk into a swimming hole, or a terrifying pedestrian hazard. But Edgar Mueller's neighborhood swallowing painting makes that shit look like hopscotch.
With most sidewalk art, you can wrap your head around the illusion if you look at it long enough. But this one just gets more insane the longer you think about it. Especially when you take into account his contingency plan for rain is " leave and paint a new picture tomorrow." So while the dog perched precariously out on the ledge of the literal floating buttress might look like it's in danger of starring in the Disney version of Drag Me to Hell, it could actually ruin the whole week long project with a territory marking stream of piss.
#10. Why Buy a New Camera When You Can Strap the Hubble Telescope to the Front of Your Handheld?
What looks like someone pasted the business end of a bazooka onto a handheld camera is an actual lens from manufacturer Sigma. For the low price of $29,000, wedding photographers no longer have to actually be at the wedding, and paparazzo can steal shots of celebrity vaginas from 30 blocks away.
While the guy in the above picture jokingly posed with the camera sans tripod, we have to think that anyone who actually owns this thing will mostly be pointing it down at their lap, finally able to offer photographic evidence of the tiny equipment they're clearly compensating for.
#9. Gundam It, Japan
Proving that global economic crises mean nothing to the Japanese, they've built a full scale Gundam statue, just for the hell of it.
Despite the fact that it looks like the poor guys would topple over the moment they tried to wag their tails, it is apparently possible for dogs to live normal lives this way, using their strong hind legs to perfectly straddle the line between cute and terrifying.