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Fake News: Kansas City Does NOT Welcome 25 Million Visitors Anally

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:20:52 Z)

Did a poster promoting Kansas City tourism contain a typo that made it seem 25 million people visited it "anally"? No, that's not true: the image was digitally manipulated by a prankster.

The photo of the poster has been circulating for some time but it recently reappeared in a post on "Being Classically Liberal" on Facebook (archived here):

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/BeingClassicallyLiberal/photos/a.388544737934378/1947415632047273

The picture looked like this:

anally.jpg

However this is what the poster actually looked like:

annually.jpg

The official VisitKC Twitter account corrected the record in May 2018:

It tweeted out two images of the poster as it was actually displayed:

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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