Original owner of image:Charles Maxwell
Date of original image: March 8, 2001
Ladder type:Rope Ladder. Fire Escape Ladder, Rescue Ladder
Used for: Did you know that the ladder that they use as a “rescue ladder” is very much the same as most types of fire escape ladders!?! It’s an odd fact but also true.
How many different web pages is this ladder image on: 14,000,000+
Where is it: False Bay, South Africa
Story behind it: Helicopter Shark is in fact a composition of two photographs that gives the impression that a Great White shark is leaping out of the water attacking military personnel climbing a suspended rescue ladder attached to a special forces UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The photo was widely circulated via an email in March 2001, along with a claim that it had been chosen as “National Geographic Photo of the Year”. The email in question was usually written in the following form: “AND YOU THINK YOUR HAVING A BAD DAY AT WORK !!” The photo is similar to an incident in the 1966 film Batman where a shark attacks Batman on a ladder from a helicopter. This raised suspicions that the photo in question was a hoax which indeed it was. But the fact of buying fire escape ladders that look like the rescue ladder as seen in the picture can save your live one day is still very much true even today. And who knows! getting one might even save you from a shark!
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