Debunked: Orlando Roller Coaster Fatalities [Stock Fake Photo, Swedish Coaster]

Svartbjørn

Senior Member.
Ive had a few friends posting about this on FB lately, and like usual people dont check into things before they just click the share button.. Here's how it works:

User ABC sees this picture and caption:



(Shocking Video Footage) 18 dead in horrific roller coaster accident

16 confirmed dead in roller coaster accident that occurred in Orlando's Universal Studios

(already see the inconsistency?)

When you click on the link (youtubevideoupdate.com) you're taken to a still frame of the exact same shot with a bit more drama:



The only way to actually see the video is to share it, but you don't get to see said video.. instead you get sent here:




This hoax has been making the rounds for a little while, even thought theres a LOT of evidence that its a Hoax, including news articles:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com...r-hoax-20140309_1_facebook-users-coaster-hoax

So I got curious and started digging around a bit, took a look at the web elements on the forwarded page


and found that the image is stored on imgur. I ripped it out of the HTML and did a quick image search. While I couldnt find the source of the image (looks like someone photoshopped it and uploaded it) I did find that its been used quite a bit for several major theme parks around the world and the US.

http://goo.gl/omDCKR

As the Orlando paper pointed out, its not only a hoax but opens up all kinds of issues with bogus websites.. like the one I got linked to.

If you guys can find the actual source of the image, awesome.. if not, heres to 3 min of your life you'll never get back reading this post.
 
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Mick West

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The coaster is the the "Kanonen" (Cannon) at Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Here's a similar photo.

http://goteborg-bilder.blogspot.com/2010/09/kanonen-pa-liseberg-i-goteborg.html


and from the other side:


Methodology: found the stock image with TinEye.com, the user P0temkin listed his home page, http://www.c3ilabs.net/, used command line "whois c3ilabs.net" to find it was a Swedish site, did a Google image search (GIS) for "sweden rollercoaster", found a blue one at Liseberg, GIS for "liseberg rollercoaster", found it was "Kanonen", GIS for "Kanonen Liseberg", found the above. Total time about ten minutes.
 
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Soulfly

Banned
Banned
Just a share scam.
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/shocking-accident-roller-coaster-scam.shtml
 

Balance

Senior Member.
I'm surprised FB allows videos to be set this way and even more surprised other people blindly accept such terms. How do you know you won't regret sharing something if you can't view it first?
 
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