Fact Check

No, This Is Not a 3D Recreation of Joseph, Husband of Mary

A giant piece of fake news.

Published Nov 2, 2022

Image Via Sketchfab.com
Image shows a 3D model accurately depicting what Joseph, husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, looked like.

Some claims are so obviously fake, they are slapped with a content warning by social media platforms. On Oct. 26, 2022, a Twitter user claimed that scientists at Stanford University had created a 3D model of what Joseph, the husband of Mary, who was the mother of Jesus Christ, would have looked like. 

From Twitter: Scientists at Stanford University have reconstructed this 3D model of how Joseph, the husband of Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ might have looked. 

There is no project at Stanford University that came up with this result. Other Twitter users quickly pointed out that "This is a @sketchfab 3D rendering of the actor Andre the Giant." The rendering, which was published 3 years ago can be found here

André René Roussimoff, who was known by his professional wrestling name André the Giant, also appeared as an actor in classic films lsuch as "The Princess Bride." He was born with acromegaly, which is an excessive secretion of growth hormones, which results in enlargement of the head, hands, feet, and chest. He died in 1993 from an apparent heart attack.

On Oct. 27, 2022, independent theater Alamo Drafthouse in New York made a joke tweet claiming that scientists at Princeton University had reconstructed a 3D model of Adam, the first human created by God. And the model looked like …Vin Diesel. 

3D rendering of Adam or Vin Diesel? 

Of course, the theater pointed out right after, "we're a movie theater, not an academic journal."


Andre the Giant WIP V03 - 3D Model by Mathewdc. sketchfab.com, https://sketchfab.com/models/e4648afc161540e8b4f87a106cac32d7/embed?autostart=1. Accessed 2 Nov. 2022.

Pearson, Richard. "'ANDRE THE GIANT,' LEGEND OF PRO WRESTLING, DIES." Washington Post, 31 Jan. 1993. www.washingtonpost.com, https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1993/01/31/andre-the-giant-legend-of-pro-wrestling-dies/ac59322d-7582-4b28-a533-2bf270884974/. Accessed 2 Nov. 2022.

Spangler, Todd. "Vin Diesel, First Human Created by God? Meme Tweet of 'Adam' 3D Model Goes Viral." Variety, 28 Oct. 2022, https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/vin-diesel-first-human-adam-3d-model-viral-meme-1235416847/.

Twitter, https://twitter.com/alamonyc/status/1585689420023332881. Accessed 2 Nov. 2022.

Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a reporter with experience working in television, international news coverage, fact checking, and creative writing.