August 30, 2018
First it was The Dress.
Now the internet has a new fleeting conspiracy to further destroy us: Is this the beach ... or a door with a not great paint job?
Is this a door or a beach??? Hahahaha😖🙄 pic.twitter.com/f4DZ7MZzGy— 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕜𝕪 (@rebeccareilly__) August 24, 2018
The original poster of the mystery even put out a poll that has nearly a quarter million votes.
Realistically— 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕜𝕪 (@rebeccareilly__) August 25, 2018
A lot of people online said they could see both, though there are questions on both sides. If it's beach – where's the sun at? What about the people, seagulls? And there's not a cloud in the sky? If it's a door – where's the handle going? Why would someone use green trim?
After a few days of Internet clamor, the original poster "revealed" that it was a beach, unveiling a new photo with people swimming in the same setting.
Not everyone was convinced, however. One Twitter user pointed out that the picture looked like it could be photoshopped.
The people in this image have clearly been poorly photoshopped in.— Chris Green (@greenie84UK) August 27, 2018
Zoom in, you'll see the squares around each set of people.
BUT, the perfectly square, pasted sections are even lower resolution, coincidently only around the people, which is what makes them stand out so much. 😁— Chris Green (@greenie84UK) August 29, 2018
Nonetheless, all signs point to the sea. Buzzfeed ran an intense investigation, using reverse image search to identify the beach/door pic as the view from Miramar Beach in Florida. The viral photo was heavily photoshopped and darkened to heighten the mystery.