Where Have Your Hands Been?
Date Added: Sept. 18, 2004
In the world of e-mail chain letters, a picture speaks much more than a thousand words – most of them total lies. This image has given many people hope in the wake of natural disaster. Ironically, it may not be the spiritual visage many would like it to be. It may have much seedier origins.
Subject: Hands of God
A friend of mine sent this photo of a cloud formation in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley. I think it is awesome and needed to be passed on. I truly hope that all of you will be able to view it.
OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HANDS!!
I thought this was unique and to come in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley
The Hands of GOD...
WOW-What a Picture!
In 2003, several photographs of amazing meteorological phenomena were erroneously represented as "You were there" style shots of Hurricane Isabel. They weren't miraculous shots of a natural disaster, and neither is this one.
We know that this photo was not taken, as popular versions of this chain claim, when Hurricane Charley took Florida's west coast by surprise on August 13, 2004. The image predates that event by at least a year. It is a fake and shows many signs of digital manipulation. The irony is that, while many are embracing it as a symbol of hope during adversity, it may actually be a sick, pornographic joke.
While its exact origins are unknown, many sources have speculated that this is one of dozens of photoshop creations designed to pay "tribute" to a now-defunct shock site, goatse.cx. That site gained infamy (and a disturbing fan following) by featuring a "welcome" image of a nude, prostrate man using both hands to unnaturally stretch open a bodily orifice that's better left closed. Quite inexplicably, photoshop enthusiasts began crafting clever images that approximated the original, using ordinary objects and everyday events as a basis.
So, instead of a divine act of God, what you may actually be looking at is a purient act of man. Still want to forward it to your minister? Break this chain.
References: Snopes.com, About.com