We have all photographed animals or other shapes forming in clouds, but a weather image that has been circulated several times in recent years has a metal clip although it may not be completely legitimate. According to USA Today, a stormy weather photo that appears to show a skull face forming in the clouds was tampered with with the Iron Maiden album cover art. Brave New World album.
Maiden has notably worked on the imagery of his skull-faced mascot Eddie in numerous album covers over the years and the album cover of the 2000s. Brave New World the album had Eddie’s face forming in the dark clouds above a city.
With recent severe weather sweeping across the midwestern and southern states of the United States earlier this month, a poster on social media shared an image that appeared to be a skull face forming in the clouds.
The Facebook poster stated that her sister took the photo in Lake Village, Arkansas, noting the detail that it was a sign it was Jesus and “you better agree with the Lord”.
Since its publication on December 10, it has been shared just 6,000 times on Facebook. However, the social media site called it a photo edited that could mislead people, citing USA Today fact-checkers who combined Iron Maiden’s work with an image of a 2019 storm in Pennsylvania.
It turns out that this image had already circulated once in 2019. The first weather images were from clouds that had formed during a storm in a photo posted by The Patriot-News in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Wednesday, “quoted the initial caption.
This photo was then tampered with less than a month later with images of Maiden Eddie added in the clouds and shared on Facebook with the poster claiming it was “a real photo taken in California” without “any retouching”. This message had been shared 164,000 times.
According to USA Today fact-checkers, “Based on our research, we have evaluated an EDITED image that claims to show a skull-like cloud formation in the Arkansas sky. The image combines an Iron Maiden album cover with a photo of a 2019 storm in Pennsylvania. “
As noted, “Eddie” has become one of the metal’s most popular mascots, and you can get a closer look at how he has been used in the works of Iron Maiden over the years in the gallery below.