Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Jan. 2013?
As posted on Facebook, Feb. 23, 2013:
This is why you always take oreos apart before eating them, always. Now think of all the oreos you've ever eaten foolishly
Analysis: The cookie looks real enough, the spider looks real enough (see brightness-enhanced image), and the image as a whole shows no obvious signs of manipulation. But if you look into how Oreo cookies are made i.e., almost entirely by machine and at very high speed it seems unlikely that a wayward spider could end up sandwiched in the middle of one accidentally.
Possible, but unlikely.
The earliest online posting of the image I've found is an Instagram posted January 31, 2013. When I asked the user, Jacob McAuliff, where the spider pic came from he replied: "We took an Oreo and smushed a spider into the white cream and put the cookie back on it. Voila!! Oreo spider."
I think we can safely dismiss this as a practical joke gone viral.
Sources and further reading:
Spider Found in Oreo: Real or Fake?
Pest Control and Bug Exterminator Blog, 1 March 2013
Video: How Sandwich Cookies Are Made
Discovery / Science Channel, 2009
History of the Oreo Cookie
About.com: 20th Century History
Last updated 11/23/13