A video, supposedly of a volcano in New Zealand erupting with pink smoke, went viral on Twitter when @swaveyvicc found the perfect context to explain its strange color.
Gender reveals are getting out of hand now https://t.co/UwRBtRYd2h
— Swavey Vic (@swaveyvicc) October 2, 2018
Twitter would have loved nothing more than to be at the gender reveal party where this volcano was the guest of honor!
Whole city knows that volcano is having a girl.
— Erryn (@errynhoney) October 2, 2018
If Kim Kardashian’s has a gender reveal
— Alijah (@MoralesAlijah) October 2, 2018
Replying before tweet erupts
— Gustavo CG (@fanaticofutbol8) October 2, 2018
Is this how lava girl was revealed?
— Zac (@ztheepic13) October 2, 2018
Fml I’m deeeaaaad
— welcome, enjoy your stay (@kiiaracheyenne) October 2, 2018
— brellereneé (@brellereneelew) October 2, 2018
Lmfao what do you throw into a volcano to get pink smoke tho ??????? https://t.co/4KVdFJHfzV
— Loud.Dominican (@JustHave2MakeIt) October 3, 2018
Before you get too excited about New Zealand celebrating the world’s most important baby, however, there’s some bad news: Snopes (the well-established fact-checking website) has reported that while the laughs @swaveyvicc gave us were real, the video that inspired them is not.
If I see that volcano erupting with pink smoke and the caption “these gender reveals are getting out of control” one more time… pic.twitter.com/k0fei6NmFv
— ??L E A?? (@_MissLeandra) October 3, 2018
Though the original tweet featuring the volcano claims the smoke has turned pink due to some unexplained chemical process, the entire video was actually created by artist Filip Hodas, and first appeared on his Facebook in December 2016 with the title “pink volcano.”
This video was created by a Filip Hodas and originally shared on Facebook in 2016. Meaning this New Zealand volcano didn't spew pink smoke. It was digitally manipulated. ? Sorry.
— Aaron Yandell (@Leif_arky89) July 24, 2018
So it looks like the mountain-sized gender reveal we were all so excited about may not have happened. But, if a very very wealthy person watches this video, it may yet still happen…in the beautiful future!
Eruption of the Kilauea Volcano Hawaii. Pink smoke after a M5.0 earthquake today.
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) May 4, 2018