This isn’t a real sign at a protest

28th Mar 2019

Claim

A picture shows a woman holding a protest sign saying “stop killing volcanoes to make lava lamps”, from the People’s Vote march.

Conclusion

The picture has been edited. The sign originally said “I’m not very happy about this” and the picture was taken in 2011.

A picture shared on Facebook of a woman holding a protest sign saying “stop killing volcanoes to make lava lamps” is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a fake.

The wobbly text is a later edit—the original picture was taken at a protest in London in 2011 , and the poster said “I’m really not very happy about this”.

While most readers seemed to get that this was a joke, some Facebook users seem to have misinterpreted the picture as genuine.  

Another edited version repeats an internet joke about the drink Gatorade being made from alligators.

An image from a different angle also shows the same woman holding the sign with its original message.

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