National Geographic on giant human hoax

Five years ago, "IronKite" submitted this wonderful photo illustration to a Photoshop contest on the theme of "Archaeological Anomalies." The powerful picture was transformed into an Internet urban legend about the National Geographic Society's discovery of the remains of giant humans in India. Several media outlets reported the story as fact. To this day, the National Geographic Society continues to receive international inquiries about this race of giants. National Geographic News reports on the myth behind the meme:
 News Bigphotos Images 071214-Giant-Skeleton Big (One) story went on to say the discovery was made by a "National Geographic Team (India Division) with support from the Indian Army since the area comes under jurisdiction of the Army."

The account added that the team also found tablets with inscriptions that suggest the giant belonged to a race of superhumans that are mentioned in the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic poem from about 200 B.C...

Variations of the giant photo hoax include alleged discovery of a 60- to 80-foot long (18- to 24-meter) human skeleton in Saudi Arabia. In one popular take, which likewise first surfaced in 2004, an oil-exploration team is said to have made the find.

Here the skeleton is held up as evidence of giants mentioned in Islamic, rather than Hindu, scriptures.
Link to National Geographic, Link to Snopes entry


  1. You know, if *I* discovered a giant prehistoric human skeleton, I’d be tempted to submit the picture to Worth1000 too. I mean, where else would you show it off and not get laughed at?

  2. Once an idea is out there, or in this case REALLY out there, it is nearly impossible to kill. Years ago, I worked at the Field Museum, and every year, around Columbus Day, we would get phone calls, asking why we weren’t displaying the bell and anchor from the Santa Maria. Apparently, some obscure book on Columbus claimed that the artifacts in question were housed at the museum, and every year someone working on a report on Columbus would find this reference, take it as fact, and start a minor uproar. This also occasionally happened in reference to the beard of the Sphinx, also referenced in a book, wrongly, and a source of occasional headaches for the museum staff. So the phenomenon of “If it’s on the internet, it must be true” goes back way further than the internet.

  3. The guy who made this for worth1000 must be (at the very least) proud that his photoshop job has fooled so many, even if it’s just fooling fools (which isn’t really all that hard to do).

    People WANT to believe some things, despite all reason or evidence to the contrary. Me? I dream of meatball subs, all you can eat for 2 bucks.

  4. No… It can’t be from the Mahabharata, and it can’t be a hoax. The Bible says that there were giants…

    “Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days…”

    And as the bumper sticker says “The Bible says it, I beileve it, and that settles it!”

    Can I take my tounge out of my cheek now? It hurts.


  5. The giant seems to be in pretty good shape considering that they’re unearthing it with a shovel.

  6. >Puh-leez! Everyone who’s not an idiot knows that the reptilian overlords killed off all the giants.

    I hope they were killed off – I’d hate to think that there were living giants running around without their skeletons.

  7. I once saw a Christian creationist use a bunch of these fake-giant-human photos (including the one shown above) as “evidence” that the Genesis account was true (using the “Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days…” verse).

  8. Well for the sake of everyone that discredits giants, I guess you better hope that it is a hoax because reading the bible says that there are giants and what if these creatures return again during the end of days. A whole lot of non-belives will be in a whole lotta trouble!!!!!

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