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FAKE – Image Showing Giant Cross Crashed Through Adult Store Roof

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on April 30, 2014


Viral image supposedly depicts a giant cross crashed through the roof of an ‘Adult World’ store. Captions that circulate with the image suggest that the depicted incident shows God’s wrath against the ‘sinful’ store. 

Brief Analysis

The image is quite obviously photoshopped. Both the giant cross and the adult store are real, but the cross did not fall through the roof of the store. A local preacher named James Potter put up the cross, which stands on a roadside at Caryville, Tennessee in close proximity to the Adult World store.


Giant Cross through Adult Store Image


Detailed Analysis

This image, which is currently circulating rapidly via social media, supposedly depicts a gigantic cross that has plunged through the roof of an ‘Adult World’ store. Some commentators have suggested that God deliberately caused the cross to fall and destroy the sinful adult store.

However, the image is just a visual prank created via some digital manipulation. It appears that a user called ‘Camerahand’ may have created the image. Camerahand posted the image, along with the following description, to the Ugly Hedgehog photography forum back in 2011:

A local minister erected a HUGE cross near an adult book 
(and ???) store along I-75 in Caryville, Tennessee.
I figured a little assistance was needed.

The image includes the caption ‘slightly photoshopped’. 

Both the cross and the Adult World store are real. The cross stands adjacent to the adult store. A November 2003 6News report explains:

CAMPBELL COUNTY (WATE) — If you drive on Interstate 75 in East Tennessee, you may have seen large white crosses put up by a Scott County man. The surprise about the latest one is what stands next to it.
James Potter’s newest cross stands 101 feet, 6 inches from the ground, and it’s right off I-75 at exit 141 in Caryville.

The cross couldn’t get much closer to Adult World, a store featuring adult videos and an adult arcade.

Potter has erected several large crosses in East Tennessee. In the report, he claims that he was intending to put another cross in the area before the adult store moved in, but the store gave him even more reason to do so. ‘You have to be pretty brave to go by that cross and go down there [to the adult shop] and ignore it’, the preacher suggests. Potter has fallen foul of local authorities due to his positioning of the crosses.

So, the picture does not depict God’s wrath against sinful behaviour at all. Rather it shows some basic photoshopping that the artist obviously created just for the fun of it.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,