If you’ve seen a photo of a humongous cross fallen through an Adult World Bookstore roof shared on Facebook and haven’t figured it out by now, the pic is a fake.
The photo, which has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter after the recent spate of inclement weather that plagued central and southern U.S. states this week, depicts an Adult World Bookstore off I-75 near the Huntsville-Oneida exit with a giant, fallen cross pinned through the roof. The Adult World Bookstore does exist, though we can’t say the same for the cross that was supposedly erected nearby. UPDATE: Photo below, provided by a commenter.
But the photo is an obvious fake, and not even a very good one.
All you really need to do is look closely at the lighting of the photo. The cross is lit from the top-down as though it were standing upright, and little-to-no effort was taken on the part of the forger to adequately shade the area beneath the fallen cross (aside from mild palette darkening on the vehicles). The hole in the roof looks like it was just colored in on MS Paint.
Don’t take our word for it, either. A local news outlet also confirmed that the photo isn’t real.
Share it in good fun, but in good faith, don’t try to pass it off as a legitimate example of the Big Guy’s ironic sense of humor.
UPDATE: Here’s a photo of the actual bookstore and cross, which are indeed both in the same place, but too far apart for the above accident to have happened. Much thanks to a sleuthy reader for sending us this photo.
“Cross Falls On Adult World Store After Storm Photo Is Fake, Just Look At It” is part of SocialNewsDaily’s “Hoaxed” series which debunks viral social media hoaxes. Hit the share buttons on the left, or check out more from the series in the “Social Communities” tab up top.