It's time again for our most popular feature, in which we take photos that have made millions of Internet users scream "FAKE!" and prove that they are, in fact, real. In case you missed the previous episodes, here's Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, the gritty reboot that doesn't acknowledge the previous editions, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9 and Part 10.
#20. Oakley Taps into a New Market
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"Deal with it."
Even though it looks like a still from some goofy CGI ad they'd show during the Super Bowl (maybe the cool fly is about to drink a tiny bottle of Pepsi), this is an actual photograph of a set of 2-millimeter-wide sunglasses being worn by a common housefly. Because sometimes scientists just get incredibly bored and/or high.
The picture was submitted to a science photo competition back in 2005 to promote advances in laser machining (you can make things ridiculously tiny now!). It seems a little lazy that they didn't also make him a tiny little hat to wear, but whatever.
#19. On the Set of Jurassic Pork 2: The Lost Bone
A rule 365 million years in the making.
This looks like an entry to one of our own Photoshopping contests, something like, "If 13-Year-Olds Were Put in Charge of Museums." Though, let's be honest, if we had two dinosaur skeletons in our possession, this is what we'd do with them.
This is, however, a real display on dinosaur reproduction at the Jurassic Museum of Asturias in Spain. And while technically there's nothing wrong with showing museum visitors how dinosaurs porked each other (don't say you've never wondered), what makes it magical is the facial expressions they chose to give the lovers. It looks like the male is pumping his tiny T-Rex arms and shouting "WOOHOO, I'M GONNA TYRANNOSAURUS WRECK THAT ASS" while the female seems to be expressing, "I just bent over to eat some grass!" surprise.
#18. Two-Face's Cat
Our favorite entries in these articles are always the ones that don't just look like Photoshop, but look like shitty Photoshop. It appears some lazy hoaxer spent about 10 minutes cropping and pasting the face of a black cat onto this orange tabby. They didn't even bother to make the eyes match!
But this is an unaltered photo of a cat named Venus. (There are videos embedded there, if you still think it's fake.)
Both sides get pissed if you interrupt their nap.
She has her own Facebook fan page (with 100,000 fans, because of course she does). It's the two different colored eyes that make you realize this isn't just an unusual fur pattern -- experts think she's a chimera, a merger of cells from two different zygotes (i.e., the thing that sometimes results in horrific, two-headed freak show animals). This appears to just be a one in a billion case where the two halves lined up perfectly to create something that would clearly be a supervillain in the kitty world.
#17. Polite Giant Clears Snow, Kills Thousands on Street Below
This would look exactly like one of those "Tourist stands in the foreground pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa" photos if his legs weren't behind the snow-covered trees there. But this photo from the U.K. Telegraph was taken at Legoland in Windsor, and, yes, those are Lego skyscrapers there. How much would you pay to get to go on a Godzilla rampage through that shit?
No, we don't know why that building is shaped like a dick. To be frank, we're a little ashamed that you even noticed.
#16. No Matter How You Look at It, This Animal Would Have Terrible Breath
As much as we wish we had a similar explanation to the chimera cat up there and could thus tell you that this is the world's only double rhino, we cannot. It's just a convenient shot of a rhino standing in front of another one. Still, if you look away from the picture, then look back, your brain will tell you it's a two-headed rhino again. We just want it to be true so badly, even though deep down we know that if a zoo had such a creature, it would be world famous by now.
#15. "GET DOWN FROM THERE, BENJAMIN BUTTON!"
If you're worried that this is going to be the tragic story of a tiny little foot-tall man with a rare genetic disorder, don't be. But it's not fakery, either -- it's a scene by artist Jean-Francois Fourtou, who also creates scenes of giant people in tiny situations. In both cases, it's done by laboriously building everything in the room to the completely wrong scale.
Though he'll apparently observe the "five-second rule," regardless.
In fact, the artist has an entire house that he's built with everything on a giant scale and then another entire house where it's all shrunken down to a fifth of its normal size. Why? Come on, don't you understand that the entire point of being an artist is never having to answer that question?
#14. Mirror Man is Impervious to Lasers
Shake too hard and you can end up with 1,792 years of bad luck.
Now here's one that just screams "album cover." That's the advantage of owning a kick-ass mirrored suit that makes every photo of you look like one:
The suit is worn by an anonymous street performer who has been spotted in both L.A. and Seattle, and we're guessing if you see him crossing the street at night, hitting him with your headlights will make you feel like you're having a stroke. We know nothing else about the man (woman?) or exactly how much of a pain in the ass it was to make it. We do know that it took 200 hours for a performer in New Zealand to make a similar one and that you'd have to do it all over if you trip and fall down the stairs just once.
#13. Building an Intimidating Military by Dragging the Clone Brush
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It's like human Magic Eye.
It doesn't matter how many times you tell us this is just soldiers marching perfectly in formation, it still messes with our eyes. It looks like they just clicked one soldier with the clone tool and dragged it across the screen.
But, of course, it isn't China using trickery to make their army look bigger than it is, it's just very disciplined troops marching in ridiculously well-drilled ranks. It's pretty difficult to spot the irregularities, even when you know it's a real picture -- they're not just in the same pose, they're all exactly the same height and body type, as well. It looks more like one of the too-perfect, computer-generated clone armies from one of the Star Wars prequels. Look at the feet in the middle row -- you can lay a ruler across them.
#12. And Then They Spent Millions Wallpapering the Beach
There is no non-ridiculous explanation for why this beach suddenly bears a gaudy star pattern, but here's a hint: You can blame that tractor back there.
This is the work of the comic-book-heroine-named Gunilla Klingberg, who built this sand pattern machine out of old truck tires:
Why she chose to do this instead of creating thousands of huge sea monster footprints to scare off tourists, we'll never know.
#11. No, Mr. Snail, I Expect You to Die ...
On top this looks like a real mountain landscape. On bottom it looks like either a Photoshopped pattern or a very long day's work on the part of a guy with a snowplow. But all of it is actually a piece of art by Motoi Yamamoto, created entirely out of salt. Yes, the mountains, too. And yes, we were also hoping it would turn out to be cocaine.