An image that appears to show a large snake coiled inside a plastic jug of milk is currently circulating via social media.
The image includes the caption “tell me what you see in this milk jug”.
However, the image does not really show a snake that has somehow secreted itself into a gallon bottle of milk. Instead, the image is the result of some clever photoshopping.
The image was a submission to a Worth1000 (now DesignCrowd) Photoshop contest entitled “Obvious Tampering 2“.
The US-base designer, who worked under the username “microfracture“, submitted the image to the contest on August 25th, 2006.
At some point in the years since since it was submitted to the contest, the image was lifted from its original context and reposted on social media without any references to its origin.
Note: The ‘Obvious Tampering 2’ contest was originally launched and managed by the image manipulation and contest website Worth1000.com. In 2014, Worth1000 was acquired by the Australian company DesignCrowd. DesignCrowd preserved all of the Worth1000.com content under its own branding.
An example of the circulating message:
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!