Description: Viral image / Hoax
Circulating since: Jan. 2010
Status: FAKE (see details below)
Email contributed by an AOL user Feb. 19, 2010:
Subject: OOPS !
Have ya seen this one yet???
Sign Posted on the Road just outside Nairobi, Kenya
(see photo above)
Analysis: Hate to disappoint wishful thinkers, but this is a hoax. Clue #1: Kenya's two main languages are Swahili and English, but the road sign depicted above is written in Arabic script. Clue #2: the image has been Photoshopped.
The original, undoctored image, discovered by a user posting on the conspiracy-theory website AboveTopSecret.com, is of a road sign in Madha, a territory of Oman located in the United Arab Emirates. In English and Arabic, the actual sign says: "Wilayat Madha Welcomes You."
Last updated 02/20/10