This story was first published on June 2nd, 2015
This image, which circulates via social media and email, and has also been posted to numerous blogs and forums, depicts an amazingly tall young lass standing beside an older man usually identified as her teacher.
The girl towers over her teacher, with her head almost touching the classroom ceiling.
But, things are not quite as they seem. The image is the result of some clever digital manipulation. Although very tall indeed, the girl is not as tall as she has been made to appear in the circulating image.
The image is a digitally altered version of a genuine photograph depicting then 16-year-old Marvadene Anderson and her teacher. 2010 news articles about Marvadene feature the original and unaltered version of the image. At that time, Marvadene was identified in reports as the world’s tallest teenager at 6ft 11in (210.82 cm).
Certainly, Marvadene is extremely tall and DeviantArt contributor lowerrider has enhanced and exaggerated this tallness to create his own rather compelling version. In fact, lowerrider has an extensive gallery depicting a host of other gigantic females.
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!