The Hands of God
Netlore Archive: Viral image purports to show the "hands of God" in a cloud formation associated with 2004's Hurricane Charley.
Description: Photo hoax
Circulating since: 2003
Status: Fake (see details below)
Email example contributed by N. Walker, March 5, 2003:
Fw: The Hands of God - Awesome picture
My nephew Patrick sent this picture and note.
A friend of mine sent this photo of a cloud formation in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley. I think it is awesome and needed to be passed on. I truly hope that all of you will be able to view it.
Analysis: False. This obviously doctored image had already been circulating for at least a year when the viral message above, which claims the image is a snapshot taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, began making the rounds in late August 2004. Its actual point of origin is unknown, though some believe the picture is an anonymous homage to obscene images found on the infamous shock website Goatse.cx (warning: offensive content).
Hurricane Isabel Photo
Emailed image purports to show the approach of Hurricane Isabel at sea, September 2003
Hurricane Lili Waterspouts
Eerie, dramatic photo circulating by email purports to show three massive waterspouts threatening a supply ship at sea as 2002's Hurricane Lili advanced toward the Louisiana coast
Eye of God
This authentic, much-emailed NASA photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been labeled 'The Eye of God'
Sources and further reading:
Hurricane Charley: 40,000 Ordered to Evacuate in Florida
CNN, 13 August 2004
Last updated: 09/07/04