As we've demonstrated many times before, sometimes the truth is stranger than Photoshop. For those of you still unconvinced, we present the latest installment in our ongoing quest to show you every picture that has ever looked ridiculously fake, but isn't.
#17. To Join This Fraternity, You Must Swallow a Goldfish Whole...
This goldfish looks like it's a crappy rubber movie prop. It's alive, however, and was caught by a French fisherman who apparently has a complete love affair with carp. The only problem with his spectacular catch is finding a toilet big enough to flush it down when it dies.
#16. Sideways Tornado! Shit!
These weird clouds are called rolling clouds and sometimes precede thunderstorms and a lot of soiled pants from anyone on the ground who's never seen one before. This particular one was photographed in Australia.
If wacky conspiracy nuts go crazy over airplane contrails, we can't wait to see them talk about the weather-control technology cloud highways that the government is using to send messages into space.
#15. Oh, No, Now Our Dicks Look Even Smaller
While this picture of model Amazon Eve may technically be photoshopped in the sense that no actual unretouched photograph of a woman has appeared in a magazine since their invention, they haven't altered her size in any way. She stands at 6-feet 8-inches (over 7-feet in heels), meaning that not only can she excite men the world over with her looks, she's also able to dunk on three-quarters of the NBA.
Who says models portray an unattainable standard for women?
#14. It's Called Shared Dreaming *BAAAAWWWWMMMMM*
It looks like a still from Inception, but it's actually a photograph by French artist Philippe Ramette and instead of spending $150 million, he just turned his camera sideways. We could've really chosen any of his pictures, because they're all beautifully surreal.
"We have to go deeper!"
#13. Honey, Don't Stare at the Man Who's Been Painted Into Reality
This painted dude is the work of artist Alexa Meade. You may think it would take a person with a pretty skewed view of reality to be able to paint someone so that he looks like he's cut from an oil painting, even if you're standing right in front of him. Judging by her artist's statement, you'd be right: "I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist's interpretation of their essence."
We're pretty sure that's just an artsy way to say "I like to freak people out on the subway."
#12. OK, This is Not Remotely Possible
This unaltered mugshot appeared on the website from a Miami newspaper and immediately drew a torrent of comments screaming, "FAKE!" Not only is it not fake, but the guy in them appears to lead a normal life (he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute, and has some other minor offenses in the past). Commenters there claimed to know him and said he seemed like a nice guy when they conversed with him.
So ... the 80 percent or so of the brain that guy appears to be missing, what does it actually do?
#11. Mooooom, Coco Won't Share the Video Games ...
Yes, that's a Nintendo DS, and no, it's not a badly photoshopped magazine ad.
A boy at the San Francisco Zoo dropped his DS into an enclosure which led to immediate amusement of the gorillas. It's fun to imagine this one loading up Donkey Kong and cackling maniacally as Mario dies over and over.
"Ha-ha! Fuck you!"
#10. THIS IS YOUR VACATION AFTER GLOBAL WARMING
At first glance, this picture of a diver in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin looks like the whole hotel is submerged. The reality is almost more amazing, though, given that it's actually a million-liter water column in the atrium. They'd better keep an awfully close eye on it, or the latter will become the former.
#9. With New "Content-Aware Fill," You Can Remove Objects With Ease
What looks like a half-done attempt to edit a utility pole out of a landscape is in fact the aftermath of a brushfire in Russia. How exactly they managed to stop the fire right before it burnt out the lines, we're not sure, but we're certainly glad it didn't shut down the market for international brides.