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Huge skull evidence of a giant? No, image from Photoshop design competition

An image shared on Facebook in Kenya shows four men pushing a cart carrying what seems to be a massive human skull.

“Huge skull discovered in Papua New Guinea in 1961,” the caption reads. “We've finally found the irrefutable evidence of a Giant!!!”

The post has been viewed nearly 20,000 times. But is the image evidence of a giant? We checked.

Size Matters 2 design contest

On the bottom left of the image is the URL for Worth1000, a website that once featured Photoshop image manipulation competitions but is now part of the Design Crowd creative community.

A TinEye reverse image search confirms that the image was an entry in one of the site’s competitions. A Google image search reveals that the image was submitted for the Size Matters 2 contest, in which designers were tasked with changing the size of something (or things) in an image in a way that was extraordinary, but not impossible.

It received 91 Photoshop submissions from 73 designers. The giant skull image is credited to a designer with the screen handle Norrit. In the search results, Africa Check also found the original photo used for the manipulated image. In the original, the cart is carrying a large metal drum – not a huge skull.

Africa Check has previously debunked other false claims that used manipulated images sourced from Worth1000 competitions. – Dancan Bwire


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