Flood Happens

Claim:   Photograph shows bus caught in New Orleans flood waters displaying humorous sign.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, 2005]

Now you Gotta love this NEW ORLEANS bus driver's sense of humor....


Origins:   A sufficient number of readers have inquired about the manufactured "bus caught in the New Orleans flood" image displayed above to merit its inclusion as a "False" entry here, although we don't think it was intended as anything but a joke.

The original photograph of floodwaters has no connection to New Orleans or Hurricane Katrina — it was taken at a bus garage during an April 2005 flood in Port Jervis, New York:


And the other portion came from a photo of a transit bus taken in Calgary, Alberta:


In any case, it's kind of refreshing to see a bit of Katrina-related humor that doesn't involve a commentary on politics, race, or class, or depend upon its shock value. Instead, this one expresses a simple sentiment about the New Orleans disaster that most everyone can agree with.

Last updated:   20 September 2005