Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!

Hoax-Slayer Logo Hoax-Slayer Logo

Home    About    New Articles    RSS Feed    Subscriptions    Contact
Bookmark and Share

Issue 145 - December 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 13

Giant Table and Chairs Horse Shelter Photograph

Issue 145 Start Menu

Previous Article            Next Article

Message featuring a photograph of horses sheltering under a giant table and chairs claims that the horse owner built the massive furniture after he was denied council permission to build a more traditional horse shelter.

Brief Analysis
The photograph is genuine but the story of why it was built is untrue. While the giant furniture does indeed provide shelter to horses, it was built in such a way as a means of promoting the products of a German wood merchant. It was not constructed in as a way of bypassing a council building restriction as claimed in the message. A photograph of the furniture and horses was published in Time magazine back in 2003 and in various other publications in the years since.

Bookmark and Share

Last updated: December 4, 2012
First published: December 4, 2012
Research by David White, Brett Christensen
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Table Chair Horse Shelter

This farm owner was denied a council permit to build a horse shelter. Fortunately, you don't need a permit to build a table and chairs.

Detailed Analysis
This rather compelling photograph depicts several horses sheltering under a giant table and chairs, complete with massive table decoration and table cloth. According to the message that travels with the image, a farm owner built the unusual shelter for his animals after he was denied a council permit to built a more traditional structure. Some commentators have suggested that image is the result of "photoshopping" or was made using tiny models of horses rather than real animals.

The photograph is genuine and depicts real horses under genuinely gigantic furniture. However, the claim that the furniture was built because the farmer was refused council permission to build a normal shelter is untrue. In fact, although it does provide shade and shelter for the horses in the field, the furniture was primarily built as a novel means of promoting the products of Jens Braun, a German wood merchant . A photograph of the furniture and horses was published by Time Magazine in June 2003, and included the following caption:

Three horses try to hide from the rain under an oversized table and chair in a pasture near Doellstaedt, eastern Germany. The huge garden furniture was installed by a local wood merchant to promote his products.

Another picture of the furniture and horses was featured as the Telegraph Picture of the Day for 2nd November 2011 with the caption:

Horses stand in the shadows of a gigantic wooden table and two chairs during mild autumnal weather in a meadow near Doellstaedt, central Germany

More images of the oversized furniture can be viewed via an AP Image search. The images include captions such as the following:

Horses stand in the shadows of a gigantic table and two chairs during heavy summer heat in Doellstaedt near Erfurt, eastern Germany, on Friday, July 6, 2004. Wood dealer Jens Braun built the unusual furniture as a protection for his horses.

Bookmark and Share References
Time Magazine - Picture of the Week
Pictures of the day: 2 November 2011
AP Image Search - Jens Braun Doellstaedt

Previous Article            Next Article

Issue 145 Start Menu

Pages in this issue:
  1. Hoax - NASA Predicts Total Blackout of Planet in Dec 2012
  2. 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
  3. Christmas Cards For Dalton Dingus
  4. Jim Carrey is NOT Dead
  5. Australian Power & Gas 'Payment Receipt' Malware Emails
  6. Gmail 'Update Account' Phishing Scam
  7. Starbucks Lack of Support For Iraq Troops Rumor
  8. Holiday Horrors - Are Common Seasonal Decorations Toxic?
  9. Facebook 'Site Governance' Email is Legitimate
  10. RapidFax Malware Email
  11. Facebook Survey Scam - Free Bunnings Gift Card
  12. Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses
  13. Giant Table and Chairs Horse Shelter Photograph
  14. Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead
  15. Facebook 'Pirates' Fraud Warning
  16. Leptospirosis Death Warning - Rat Urine on Soda Can Top
  17. Egg Windshield Attack Robbery Warning
  18. 'Assistance Internet' Email Account Phishing Scam
  19. Misleading Health Advice Email - 'Mayo Clinic on Aspirin and Heart Attacks'