I don’t follow History in Pictures on Twitter, but many of my friends do and there were groans and complaints when this photo was posted Saturday, identifying the woman as Greta Garbo.
Let’s take a closer look:
Well, this is obviously “Not Greta Garbo,” even if you do a Google image search that says it is.
As we have noted before, Google is nothing but a worldwide popularity contest (are you listening, Wikipedia?) and if the world decides that this is a picture of Greta Garbo, then by gosh, Google will say that’s who it is, regardless of whether it’s true.
A little further digging reveals:
Yes, Not Greta Garbo is everywhere.
Why if it isn’t Not Greta Garbo!
Yes, Not Greta Garbo is actually Flavia de Oliveira and the photo is from a 2009 fashion feature in Elle.
Another good story ruined – and a lesson about why it’s important to be cautious about anything posted on the Internet.