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14 More Images You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped (Part 3 in a series)

(Edited by Cracked – Rated G)
Originally by: Joe Russo

As we established in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series: Sometimes, real life is stranger than Photoshop.

This is the third edition in our chronicle of jaw-dropping pics that make you shout “FAKE’! the moment you see them, but in fact are not. Even if, in some cases we really wish they were…

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#14. The Predator Checks a Map

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This undoctored photo is part of an art project–and possibly also an awesome assassination scheme–where they meticulously paint clothing to match the surroundings.

We can’t imagine how much time they must have put into creating photos that, after all that effort, will be dismissed as Photoshop by nearly every single viewer.

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#13. The Scene of the Most Hardcore LARP in the World

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This looks more like a painting than Photoshop, but it’s actually an enormous, elaborate set from the opera Ein Maskenball with a scene depicting Death reading from the book of life.

Have you seen Quantum of Solace? Remember the opera scene where they’re on that huge set shaped like an eyeball? That’s from the same opera. So is this inexplicable image of naked, fat and very old actors in Mickey Mouse masks.

Man, why couldn’t they have shown Bond chasing Bad guys through that?

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#12.  We Can’t Stop Staring at the Huge Shoes

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Sadly, this is a woman in England with a growth abnormality causing her legs to reach enormous size. It’s a debilitating condition and we’re not going to make fun of her. But still, look at those shoes.

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#11. “Screw Your Boat Race, I’m Outta Here”

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We’d like to think that if you were in a speed boat race and Jesus called you to walk out on the water, he’d be cool with you slowing down first. At least for the safety of the other drivers.

Of course, in reality, the photo just captured this guy a split second before tumbling horribly into the water at inhuman speeds. According to a source on the ScreamandFly boat racing forum, that talked to the dude in the hospital afterward, all he was concerned about during his recovery was how to make one of his friend’s speed boats go faster. Way to learn from mistakes there, buddy.

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#10. Yes, That’s a Dog

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Yes, an actual living dog. The above monstrosity is from the Super Groom competition, where the boundaries of animal abuse get relaxed, if only for a day. It’s basically the Ace of Cakes of dog grooming, complete with what appears to be an airbrush paint job.

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#9. I Didn’t Want “Instant,” That’s Gross

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Despite our desire to keep our lunches down, we looked into this one a little further and discovered that it’s a real product, made in China and elsewhere.

It turns out that Jew’s Ear is a colloquial (and somewhat politically incorrect) name for a fungus also known as “jelly ear,” which doesn’t sound any more appetizing. We’ve squinted at the window in the packaging to figure out what in the world that stuff actually looks like. All we know is it doesn’t make us want to eat it more.

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#8. The Reason Your Car Insurance Rates Keep Going Up

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Behold The Uno: a one-wheeler motorcycle invented by an 18-year-old. That’s right, while you spent your senior year of high school hanging outside the cheerleaders locker rooms at basketball games, this dude went out there and completed some engineering slick enough to make every Segway owner jealous.

It operates jut by tilting your weight forward or back to accelerate. Now we’d just like to see him pop a wheelie.

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#7. What Icebergs Do to Hide Their Holiday Weight

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Yes, that’s a real iceberg and no, it hasn’t been painted. These icebergs were observed off the coast of South Africa. It turns out those stripes are caused by sediment or even dead krill getting trapped in the ice in layers over time.

We’d like to think of the process as deliberate, with the krill submitting themselves for cryogenic freezing until somebody invents a cure for being a tiny little shrimp. Hopefully technology won’t let them down.

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#.6 Festive Tree Decorations in Morocco

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This might look like a lazy father’s hastily Photoshopped answer to the question “Where do baby goat’s come from?” But in fact, it’s a real photograph taken of real goats in Morocco.

When food became sparse on the ground, the hoofed creatures simply learned to climb trees. Pretty cool, though we’d imagine it loses some of its luster the first time you park under a tree and your car gets crapped on by a goat.

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#5. “Sir, Did You Not See That Signal Back There?”

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This has gotten passed around the internet with titles like WORST INTERSECTION IN THE WORLD OMG. While it’s not Photoshop, it’s not a real traffic signal either. It’s a sculpture found in a roundabout in England. The sculpture obviously means, “We hate out-of-towners, and wish to distress them.”

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#4. Some Creatures Get Scarier as They Get Smaller

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If The Daily Mail can be believed, the Dwarf Gecko up there only grows to be a half inch or so long. And that’s really gross for some reason.

We realize there are lots of insects that size, but for some reason it’s weirder when it’s an actual animal with a tiny little skeleton and everything. Like if you looked down at your kitchen counter and found a horse the size of a pea standing there. It’d be time to move out of that crap.

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#3. If There’s One Sport You Just Have to Try Before You Die…

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Once more we are presented with a photo that not only appears to be a Photoshop, but a bad one.

But, no, Ostrich racing is an all too real sport in several countries, though we admit these photos seem to portray frat guys enjoying the sport ironically.

Ostriches have a reputation for being ornery sons of guns, so we’re guessing that half of the excitement is watching to see which jockey gets his eyes pecked out mid-race.

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#2. Scientists Combine Human and Slinky DNA

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What appears to be a simple application of the “blinds” effect in Photoshop is actually the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, decorated for the Dali exhibit and to terrify passers-by. Wait, Philadelphia Art Museum? Where’s the Rocky statue?

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#1. Mountain Does Marilyn Monroe Impression

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No need to avert your eyes, you are not in fact witnessing the world’s largest up-skirt. These bizarre, lens shaped lenticular clouds form in upward gusts of wind that naturally occur around mountains. These winds known as “wave lifts,” are so powerful that sail plane pilots have used them to glide 1,864 miles without a motor.

Venticular clouds are often mistaken for UFOs, which sounds retarded until you see one of these hovering over your town…

CONTINUE: 16 MORE Images You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped.

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