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Picture of Apparent
Moslem Protestors With English Signs Insulting to Them-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: The message says that the
picture is of a group of Syrians who can't speak Arabic, much less
English. They allegedly hired an English-speaking man to create
signs for them that they thought would be insulting to Americans.
The man was a retired U.S. Army sergeant, however, and they unwittingly
conducted their protest with signs that said "WE ARE IDIOTS!",
"BOMB US NEXT!", and "PLEASE KICK OUR ASSES!"
The Truth: There is no evidence that this
ever really happened.
There is no confirmation that this is a picture of Syrians.
From evaluating the pictures itself, it's obvious that someone used a
computer program to replace whatever messages were originally on the
signs with the English phrases. One of our TruthOrFiction.com
subscribers pointed out that the lettering on the signs doesn't conform
to the uneven surface on the banner and that when the picture is
enlarged one of the letters is actually pasted over a portion of one of
the men's foreheads, a clear indication that the messages on the signs
were pasted over the original picture.
Last updated 1/1/06
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: Fw: This is priceless
Most Syrians struggle to even read Arabic - much less have a clue
So, how does a group of Syrian protest leaders create the most
impact with their signs by having the standard "Death To
(etc.) slogans printed in English?
Answer: They simply hire an English-speaking civilian to translate
and write their statements in English.
Unfortunately, they were unaware the "civilian"
employee hired for the job was a retired US Army
sergeant. Obviously, pictures of the protest rally never made
way through the Arab TV network, but the results were
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