Giant Skeleton Hoax
Emails with attached images supposedly depicting the skeletal remains of gigantic humans claim that the skeletons were unearthed in the Arabian or Indian deserts (Full commentary below.
(Submitted, July 2004)
Subject: [Fwd: Interesting discovery]
FYI. Just got this Email, only God knows better about this story,
but check it out:
Recent gas exploration activity in the south east region of the
Arabian desert uncovered a skeletal remains of a human of
phenomenal size. This region of the Arabian desert is called the
Empty Quarter, or in Arabic, 'Rab-Ul-Khalee'. The discovery was
made by the Aramco Exploration team. As God states in the Quran
that He had created people of phenomenal size the like of which
He has not created since. These were the people of Aad where
Prophet Hud was sent. They were very tall, big, and very powerful,
such that they could put their arms around a tree trunk and uproot
it. Later these people, who were given all the power, turned
against God and the Prophet and transgressed beyond all boundaries
set by God. As a result they were destroyed.
Ulema's of Saudi Arabia believe these to be the remains of the
people of Aad. Saudi Military has secured the whole area and no
one is allowed to enter except the ARAMCO personnel. It has been
kept in secrecy, but a military helicopter took some pictures
from the air and one of the pictures leaked out into the internet
in Saudi Arabia. See the attachment and note the size of the two
men standing in the picture in comparison to the size of the
(Submitted, July 2007)
Subject: FW: Legendary skeleton
Recent exploration activity in the northern region of India uncovered a skeletal remains of a human of phenomenal size. This region of the Indian desert is called the Empty Quarter.
The exploration team also found tablets with inscriptions that stated that our Gods of Indian mythologicalyore, Brahma, had created people of phenomenal size the like of which He has not created since. They were very tall, big, and very powerful, such that they could put their arms around a tree trunk and uproot it.
They were created to bring order among us since we were always fighting with each other. One of he sons of Bhima of the Pandava brothers is also thought of to have been carrying these genes. Later these people, who were given all the power turned against all our Gods and transgressed beyond all boundaries set. As a result they were destroyed by God Shiva.
The Geo Exploration team believes these to be the remains of those people.
Govt of India has secured the whole area and no one is, allowed to enter except the NatGeo personnel.
This classic leg-pull has now been circulating via email, blogs and forums for several years and has even been published by some news outlets as factual. In fact, the "giant skeleton" images that travel with these messages are not photographs depicting real discoveries but instead clever manipulations. A lot of recipients would be quick to doubt the authenticity of the images. However, submissions indicate that the high quality of the fake images coupled with the vaguely plausible explanations that accompany them are apparently enough to convince many recipients that the "discoveries" are genuine.
So far, there have been two popular variants of the hoax. The first variant (Example 1 above) claims that a skeleton of a gigantic human was discovered during a gas exploration in the south east region of the Arabian desert and sports an attached photograph to "prove" the claim. However, the cleverly created image of the giant skeleton is actually an entry
image manipulation contest
by artist "IronKite" in which participants were instructed to create "a picture of an archaeological discovery that looks
so real, had it not appeared at Worth1000, people might have done a double take".
The message tries to add legitimacy to its fanciful tale by referencing the Quran's
and the people of Aad (or "Ad"). Some Islamic references do
claim that the people of Aad were thought to be giants
. However, other material
describes them as having a "stature tall among the nations" or as simply being "physically well-built". The Christian Bible also makes mention
The second variant (Example 2 above) moves the "action" to the Indian desert and replaces the Islamic references with mentions of characters in Indian mythology, including Brahma
and Bhima's son. According to Indian legend, Bhima's son Ghatotkacha
was a powerful fighter with magical abilities, although he is not generally described as a giant. Other than the change in mythological references, much of the wording in the two hoax variants is virtually identical.
The Indian based variant includes IronKite's image along with three other giant skeleton pictures that also originate from the same Worth1000 contest. The second picture in the set, complete with giant revolver, is titled everlasting rest
and was created by amaranto
. The third image is an entry simply named Giant Skeleton
and was created by Anakinnnn
. And the fourth image in the set is named Uncovered Giant
and was created by Trit
The hoax was apparently republished
by several media outlets in Indian, Bangladesh and elsewhere. A scan of one of these newspaper articles is included in one version of the hoax email. Such articles have given the hoax undeserved credibility.
IronKite's creation has even been featured in a YouTube video
entitled "Proof evolution is an evil lie from satan (the devil)". The video's creator uses IronKite's giant skeleton, along with other dubious images, as "proof" that giants once lived on Earth. The inclusion of a well-documented hoax image, in addition to a number of logical flaws, seriously undermines the video maker's credibility and has earned him the ridicule
of his fellow YouTubers.
The image and "Arabian desert discovery" description is also included in another fanciful YouTube video
warning of impending disaster for Earth. Again, the blatant use of a well-known hoax as "proof" decimates what little credibility the video had to begin with.
Even if you do believe that a race of giants once walked the Earth, you can rest assured that these photographs do not
depict some of their remains. In their original context as part of a Worth1000 contest, the status of the images as purely fictional "archaeological discoveries" is quite clear. Apparently, however, some unknown prankster stole IronKite's image from its original setting, added some seemingly relevant text, and sent it on its way. Perhaps due largely to the talent of its creator, the image has circulated ever since. In due course, others have apparently added more Worth1000 images to the hoax messages.
Worth1000: Archaeological Anomalies
Dictionary of Islam : Letter G
Giants in the Bible
Solving the mystery of the Giant Skeleton
Last updated: 14th August 2007
First published: July 2004
Write-up by Brett M. Christensen
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