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Claim: Photograph shows golfer Tiger Woods' new yacht.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Origins: The above-displayed picture of golfer "Tiger Woods' new yacht" is easily dismissable not just as a fake, but as a two-step manipulation: First the photograph of the aircraft carrier was layered with a lawn, golf hole, and clubhouse, then someone expanded on the joke by adding the golfer figure and the name "Tiger" across the bow:
The interesting aspect lies not in the analysis of the image, but in why so many readers considered it plausible enough to forward to us for verification.
Certainly one element at work here is that Tiger Woods' golfing prowess (in combination with his youth and good looks) has made him not only one of the most recognizable celebrities in the U.S. (and many other parts of the world), but also one of the highest-earning sports figures of his
The linkster also enhanced his reputation for big spending and extravagance in 2006 when he shelled out a reported
Finally, many people who inquired about this image probably recalled Woods' name being associated with a big, expensive yacht, as Tiger plunked down a reported
So, although we can say that Tiger Woods does not own a floating golf course the size of an aircraft carrier, we might just have to qualify that statement with the word
Last updated: 24 April 2007
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