1. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member


    This image has been circulating on social media and "tabloid" news sites, with claims that it shows a "human shaped cloud" or ghost hovering above a Zambian shopping centre:

    eg http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ed-cloud-appears-Zambian-shopping-centre.html

    The photo is actually clearly a photoshopped creation using this photo of a kite (the strings are visible at the left, attached to the head and upper torso).


    The buildings do appear to be the Mukuba Mall in Kitwe, which has a store called Debonairs Pizza:

    I haven't been able to track down the original source of the kite photo, but it appears in several places, including on Pinterest, for example at https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/341429215470807914/, with the name "Ghost man kite flying UK".

    Entertainment.ie claims to have found the original source of the fake image, a Facebook page called "Zambian Watch", although strangely it appears that the image on that page is lower resolution than the version posted elsewhere.



    A clue may be the copyright watermark in the bottom left of the image at the top of this post.

    The photo (along with another similar fake) is credited to "CEN", which stands for Central European News. A 2015 Buzzfeed article describes this agency as "The king of bullsh*t news".

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  2. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

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  3. TEEJ

    TEEJ Senior Member

    Possibly this design from the Northern Kite Group, UK?

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  4. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    I think this is the exact kite, but not the exact photo that was used. It was taken at the 2010 Bristol International Kite Festival.


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  5. Raccoon

    Raccoon Member

    Haha, another myth busted by Metabunk! Thanks! :)
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  6. Mtumzima

    Mtumzima New Member

    good work in debunking
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