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#16    Rafterman

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:45 PM

Completely fake.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:12 PM

Yeah, it's a fake.  The train's serial number has even been altered to make it fit the story.

Here's the original pic with no creepy face in the funnel smoke.

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From here: http://kenf.sakura.ne.jp/zsld51ax.htm

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:23 PM

Leave the ripper out of this! He is an honest working em... ripper! pick another name :P



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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

I even found the face used for the screaming face in the smoke.  It's the third image that comes up in a Google Image Search for 'screaming face'.

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I was able to recreate it in Photoshop.

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The top image is the one posted in the opening post, the bottom is my recreation of it.

For some reason, whoever faked the image in the opening post blurred out some areas at the edges of the image and Photoshopped out the cable mast that can be seen behind the train and the cables as well.

Edited by Archimedes, 01 December 2012 - 07:50 PM.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

View PostArchimedes, on 01 December 2012 - 07:45 PM, said:

I even found the face used for the screaming face in the smoke.  It's the third image that comes up in a Google Image Search for 'screaming face'.

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I was able to recreate it in Photoshop.

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The top image is the one posted in the opening post, the bottom is my recreation of it.

For some reason, whoever faked the image in the opening post blurred out some areas at the edges of the image and Photoshopped out the cable mast that can be seen behind the train and the cables as well.
thank you for posting this.
this is the very reason that some of us give jaded responses to these types of posts. in the two years i've been in this site there have been countless faked pics and countless threads where skeptics have piped in and countless times someone has played the bully card about it.
to the OP -
you say someone gave this pic to you, ok fine, but you also are presenting it to us with this story - so what gives with that?

edit to rephrase

Edited by JGirl, 01 December 2012 - 08:29 PM.


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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

This is just another case of people being too open-minded to see the truth.

A huge problem on this forum.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:45 PM

Nice one Archimedes! :tsu:


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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:48 PM

View PostBling, on 01 December 2012 - 10:45 PM, said:

Nice one Archimedes! :tsu:
Thanks.

Google's Reverse Image Lookup is a hell of a tool for researching claims like this.  I just dumped the OPs train image into it and the only matching image it found was the original unaltered image.

Also, I can't find any references whatsoever to a Japanese train with number D51 222 being linked with "hundreds" of suicides.  Google is coming up completely blank.  Perhaps someone else can find something.

I'd like to hear from the opening poster what their friend has to say after it has now been proven to be a hoax.

Edited by Archimedes, 01 December 2012 - 10:51 PM.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:23 PM

It really does look too good to be true and also if it were somehow legitimate why would it manipulate the smoke in a fleeting moment? Seems quite random. Then again I have nothing else to compare it with as I haven't came across faces in smoke etc except for in that film The Mummy where Imhotep conjures his enraged face in the sand :w00t:

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:45 AM

Fletcher, I notice you're currently logged into the forum (0:45 GMT).

Do you have anything to add to this topic now that your picture has been shown to be a hoax that was given to you?  Does your friend that gave you the pic have anything to say in light of the proof that it is a hoax?

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:16 AM

View PostArchimedes, on 02 December 2012 - 12:45 AM, said:

Fletcher, I notice you're currently logged into the forum (0:45 GMT).

Do you have anything to add to this topic now that your picture has been shown to be a hoax that was given to you?  Does your friend that gave you the pic have anything to say in light of the proof that it is a hoax?

I wanted to talk with him before replying to this thread, but his phone goes directly to voice mail now.  Nevertheless, it is starting to make a little more sense why he was so upset when I told him that I posted the picture to this forum...

In any case I still intend to go check out the train this afternoon.  It is only an hour drive, and should make for an interesting way for my girlfriend and I to spend our Sunday.


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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:26 AM

View PostFletcher, on 02 December 2012 - 01:16 AM, said:

I wanted to talk with him before replying to this thread, but his phone goes directly to voice mail now.  Nevertheless, it is starting to make a little more sense why he was so upset when I told him that I posted the picture to this forum...

In any case I still intend to go check out the train this afternoon.  It is only an hour drive, and should make for an interesting way for my girlfriend and I to spend our Sunday.
Please post pics if you do visit it.  I'd love to see the original train that your story (whether hoax, urban legend or true story) is based upon.

And show this thread to your friend.  It may have simply been harmless pranking on his behalf (or someone he knows), but these things grow legs and run all over the Internet as truth, and on forums like this, where there are (and let's be generous here) many overly open minded members, it gets copied, repeated, etc. until it becomes Internet truth.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:49 AM

View PostArchimedes, on 01 December 2012 - 05:12 PM, said:

Yeah, it's a fake.  The train's serial number has even been altered to make it fit the story.

Here's the original pic with no creepy face in the funnel smoke.

Posted Image

From here: http://kenf.sakura.ne.jp/zsld51ax.htm
i looked for this,and couldn't find it.
I knew the original had to look like this. I am surprised the serial numbers are even changed . I mean why bother ?

Needless to say,none of my Japanese friends have heard of a shinigami train .



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:50 AM

View PostArchimedes, on 02 December 2012 - 01:26 AM, said:

Please post pics if you do visit it.  I'd love to see the original train that your story (whether hoax, urban legend or true story) is based upon.

And show this thread to your friend.  It may have simply been harmless pranking on his behalf (or someone he knows), but these things grow legs and run all over the Internet as truth, and on forums like this, where there are (and let's be generous here) many overly open minded members, it gets copied, repeated, etc. until it becomes Internet truth.
I posted bunches of pix of the D51 222 train,on the first page of this thread.



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:53 AM

View PostArchimedes, on 01 December 2012 - 10:48 PM, said:

Thanks.

Google's Reverse Image Lookup is a hell of a tool for researching claims like this.  I just dumped the OPs train image into it and the only matching image it found was the original unaltered image.

Also, I can't find any references whatsoever to a Japanese train with number D51 222 being linked with "hundreds" of suicides.  Google is coming up completely blank.  Perhaps someone else can find something.

I'd like to hear from the opening poster what their friend has to say after it has now been proven to be a hoax.
i searches with a Japanese search engine . I do speak and read intermediate Japanese ....I'm not good with kanji ,but I know where to look and how to read basics.
There was nothing about it being haunted .


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