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Issue 85 - September 2008 - Page 11

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax
  2. Photographs of Lions Chewing Car Tyres
  3. Webmail Account Phishing Scam
  4. Katie Fitch Prayer Request Email
  5. Internet Explorer 7 Latest Version Malware Email
  6. World's Largest Swimming Pool
  7. Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax
  8. Montauk 'Monster' Photograph
  9. Video of Lebanese Girl Crying Crystal Tears
  10. Miracle in Egypt - Buried Children Saved By Jesus
  11. Two Cranes Tipping Off Pier Photographs
  12. Astronaut Carving on Salamanca Cathedral Wall
  13. Sunset Over Europe and Africa From Columbia Hoax
  14. Whipped Ocean - Beach Foam at Yamba New South Wales
  15. Burned Cigars Insurance Claim Hoax

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Two Cranes Tipping Off Pier Photographs

Summary:
Sequence of photographs supposedly show a large crane truck toppling off a pier as it tries to lift a submerged vehicle and then an even larger crane truck tipping into the water as it attempts to retrieve the first crane truck (Full commentary below).



Status:
Image of second crane tipping is fake - other images are genuine

Example:(Submitted, August 2008)
Subject: FW: IDIOTS OF THE YEAR ......good one ... take a look !!

Crane Accident 1

Crane Accident 2

Crane Accident 3

Crane Accident 4

Crane Accident 5

Crane Accident 6

Crane Accident 7

Crane Accident 8

Crane Accident 9




Commentary:
This set of photographs depicting a a series of unfortunate, if spectacular, events involving one small car and two large crane trucks has been circulating via email and online since 2004. Most of the images in the sequence are genuine and depict a real event.

However, the visual "punch line" of the piece, the image showing the second larger crane toppling into the water, is in fact a fake digitally created from earlier photographs in the sequence. A closer scrutiny of the last image in the sequence reveals that it is actually an altered version of the fifth photograph. Bystanders are in precisely the same position in both images. In photo five, the green crane truck was not even at the scene. Thus, it is clearly not credible to suggest that the same group of people stood like statues in the very same positions while the green truck was called, arrived and subsequently came to grief.

Moreover, a telltale "smudged" appearance around the chassis of the "falling" truck and on the pier show where elements of the original photograph were digitally removed and the supposedly tipping truck added in. The unchanged position of the rearview mirror reflection in the trucks windscreen and other signs show that the fully upright truck was cut from one of the earlier photographs, tilted sideways, and placed into position in the last image. And, finally, in the short space of time between which images 8 and 9 were supposedly snapped, a number of spectators, vehicles and equipment miraculously disappear while the small white boat just as miraculously returns.

The exposure of the last photograph as fake tends to rob the sequence of much of its power. We tend to take certain dark enjoyment from examples of disastrous mismanagement in others (unless it impacts on us directly), so the spectacle of the second crane operator exhibiting the same incompetence as the first and losing his vehicle to the briny sea will seem just too good not to forward for many recipients. But, in reality, the second larger crane successfully retrieved both the small car and the smaller crane without further mishap.

Even without the fake image, the photo sequence was sure to be a popular message board topic and inbox filler and, indeed, it circulated vigorously well before some unknown prankster added the last altered image. And it does show a real event that occurred in 2004 at a pier at Roundstone, in Galway, Ireland. At the time, the event was described by a Roundstone blogger, thusly:
We have certainly have had our ups and downs in the village this year what with somebody falling off the village wall, thank god not killed, and then in the wee hours of Saturday morning, a car goes into the Harbour, with a young man at the wheel, the car landed upside down and if it was not for the vigilance Mary King who alerted Sean de Courcey, Sean fair play to him pulled this man out of the car, which was nearly totally submerged in the tide and pulled him to safety, what ever way you look at it, Sean saved his life, yet again another near fatal accident, and then I suppose on the slightly humorous side and to add insult to injury, a tow truck was called out to pull the car out, now get this, the truck fell in while trying to lift the car, no don't worry there was no one in it, it was remote controlled, but the machine was not heavier enough to lift the car out, therefore, a proper professional machine had to be called in, and the job was done, no loss of life, what was interesting the amount of people that came to have a look at this task you would think we had another social event going on
Thankfully, no people were injured in the incident although both the car driver and the operator of the first crane may have suffered red faces and hefty blows to their pride.

References:
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Issue 85 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Sun Powered Key Ring Tracking Device Hoax
  2. Photographs of Lions Chewing Car Tyres
  3. Webmail Account Phishing Scam
  4. Katie Fitch Prayer Request Email
  5. Internet Explorer 7 Latest Version Malware Email
  6. World's Largest Swimming Pool
  7. Mysterious Carved Tree Hoax
  8. Montauk 'Monster' Photograph
  9. Video of Lebanese Girl Crying Crystal Tears
  10. Miracle in Egypt - Buried Children Saved By Jesus
  11. Two Cranes Tipping Off Pier Photographs
  12. Astronaut Carving on Salamanca Cathedral Wall
  13. Sunset Over Europe and Africa From Columbia Hoax
  14. Whipped Ocean - Beach Foam at Yamba New South Wales
  15. Burned Cigars Insurance Claim Hoax