I am part of an urban legend! A hoax has gone viral in the last few days about KFC using mutant chickens. One of the photos they are using is something I created in Photoshop. Naturally they didn’t ask my permission or credit me. However, I think this will backfire because I have the evidence that I made it, and I like to dismantle hoaxes. In the gallery above you can see some of the stages I used to create my original mutant chicken.
Below are a few sites using my image for their hoax, which they are doing merely to gain hits and make money off of advertising.
Here it is on Planet Infowars.
Below on Daily Viral Buzz. Note all the paid advertising they have going on in the right sidebar. I commented on their Facebook page that I made the graphic, but nobody responded. Yeah, I’m not making a penny off of this.
Business Insider had the good sense to decry the story as a hoax, but never bothered to find out where the image they featured came from, which would substantiate that it is a hoax. I’ve written them two emails and made two comments on their post. They refuse to acknowledge me. It’s all about getting hits and money from advertisers. Well, not for me, I don’t have any advertisers and get no money for hits.
So, as this story makes its rounds all over the world, the gallery I included here, showing several stages of my process of making the mutant chicken, proves that I am the source of that image, and it is a HOAX.
For the record, I created it for a lesson on how to identify hoaxes, which I taught to my university English students in China. The clincher that it was a hoax was that I had made the mutant chicken myself in PS. I wrote a post about that here: Mutant chickens raised from stolen KFC “chicken factory” eggs?!
I also wrote a post about that post being my most popular one here: Is this mutant chicken my claim to fame?!