Don’t believe everything you see on the internet

The old adage that photographs don’t lie is no longer valid in the age of Photoshop. Now even amateurs have the technology to manipulate photos and even videos to produce results that look remarkable realistic.

This video of an eagle snatching a baby in a park in Canada received widespread notice before suspicions were raised that it was a fake.

Not being at all adept at such manipulations myself, I tend to be easily fooled and this one took me in at first. I should have remembered the physics lesson on the limits of birds to carry weights that was so clearly articulated in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

I am trying to learn to wait for a while before passing on anything that seems surprising, so that those who are more expert than me have time to identify the hoaxes.