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Claim: Photograph shows an enormous
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Origins: No, the photo isn't real, nor does it depict what the accompanying text claims. The explanation was somebody's attempt at a bit of creative writing (added to the photo after the fact), about which the AECL said:
Mr. Robert DeGagne, the owner of this cat, is not a former employee of AECL and the AECL Chalk River facility has certainly not been abandoned for the past fifty years!(The gag here is that AECL, the organization for which Snowball's owner supposedly worked, is Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and their facility at
We do not know whether or not the size of the cat depicted in the attachment is accurate. If it is true, the size can likely be attributed to a thyroid condition, as described in the article, or cross-breeding.
Turning to our Guinness Book of World Records, we find that they list the world's largest domestic cat as a male Queensland, Australia, tabby named Himmy who tipped the scales at just under
According to the Ottawa Citizen, the picture actually shows an Edmonds, Washington, man named Cordell Hauglie and his cat Jumper, and the photo was manipulated with PhotoShop to create the effect of a feline of much larger-than-ordinary size. According to
"My daughter wanted to send an electronic photo of her cat to her friend. I got a little carried away. When we sent it to her friend, we never dreamed anyone would believe the photo was real."Last updated: 7 January 2005
He's had many chuckles over the analysis of the photo. Some viewers assert the cat appears stuffed, while others say it's standing, not being held. Still others suggest the man in the photo doesn't look as though he's holding a
Truth is, he isn't. His son held up the cat for one photo, proving you can suspend a cat in that fashion, and
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