Giant Skeletons Hoax Debunked
Some of the ancient stories that we have of the world of antiquity involved Giants roaming the earth. These giants would interact with humans, sometimes take them as spouses, and would treat themselves as if they were gods. Even the Bible refers to creatures like these in the book of Genesis. Because this is so ingrained in our culture, the prospect of finding giant skeletons seems plausibly real. The only trouble is that on the Internet today, anyone can say something is real when it isn’t and people will believe it. That is the case with this hoax.
Why Did This Image of a Giant Skeleton Go Viral?
As the story goes with this hoax, the National Geographic Society discovered skeletons of ancient giant humans. There were numerous reports and pictures taken of the skeleton and one of the images shows a worker standing by the skull of a human that is as big as his entire body. This picture originated in 2002 and it is a digitally altered photograph. The reason why this story has continued to have life is because there were several media outlets that reported these altered photographs as being real instead of fake.
Any time there is a variation in the story, then you most certainly have a hoax on your hands. Some of the original report showed that researchers from the National Geographic Society discovered this giant skeleton in India, along with poetry that dated back to the year 200 BC. A variation of the story discusses how the giant skeleton was discovered in Saudi Arabia while an oil exploration team was working to find a new well site.
Who Created the Initial Image?
There is a website called Worth 1000 that regularly hosts competitions or digital images. The image of the giant skeleton was lifted from this website. The creator of the image states that he has never had anything to do with perpetrating the hoax onto others about giant skeletons existing in the world today. Why does this hoax continue to have life would everybody admits that it is a complete fabrication?
It is probably the unintended religious connotations that the image produces in the minds of many that gives it an air of authenticity. People desperately want to have validation for what their religious beliefs have taught them for sometimes decades. When potential evidence comes about that seems to validate these believes, many will just automatically assume that what they are seeing is fact because they want it to be fact.
The same thing could be said about near death experiences, visions that people have of deities, and other hoaxes that deserve to be debunked as much as the giant skeletons hoax deserves to be. The simple fact is this: the image has been digitally rendered so that it looks like a person is digging near a giant skeleton skull.
Stories like this are evidence of the fact that we all need to test every bit of information that comes our way on the internet today. If we choose not to test the facts, then we may very well believe that a hoax is a fact instead of fiction.