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Classic Fake Photo: Tim Tam Human Flesh Warning

Classic Fake Photo: Tim Tam Human Flesh Warning

A graphic which has circulated online for four years shows a Tim Tam label with a warning that it may contain human flesh. Is this real or fake?

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The photo is fake.

Tim Tams are chocolate biscuits produced in Australia. The graphic first came to light in March 2011 when Weird Al tweeted it. It isn’t clear if Weird Al had a hand in creating the image or if he merely passed it on, but that is certainly when the graphic began spreading online. The warning reads, “May contain traces of peanuts and human flesh.”

Two things easily debunk this graphic. First, allergy warnings do not appear by themselves in this manner on the side of the packaging. Allergy warnings actually appear near the ingredients. Second, inspection of Tim Tam wrappers from that time showed that no such warning exists.

There is clearly no warning on this package of Tim Tams.

This allergy warning is fake.

Search History

The Google Trends graph below shows search interest in this topic. It shows several peaks occurring over the past few years. Despite the graph below, we have seen some interest in the photo in mid-2015.

Bottom Line

The graphic showing a “human flesh” warning on the side of a Tim Tam package is fake. It has been circulating for several years and popularized on social media when it was tweeted out by Weird Al.

Updated July 27, 2015
Originally published January 2013

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  • obadiahorthodox

    as a concerned cannibal, i am outraged that i have been fooled for so long, i suspected all along that this was the case because it had no taste of ‘long pig’

  • Cakes

    @kat, I’ve eaten almost every type of Tim tams there are, and NONE have ever had this warning. Anyone who believes this is gullible and stupid.

    • Telondae

      Perhaps anyone who took Kat’s playful remark as serious can also be considered gullible.

  • Timothy Campbell

    Human beings desquamate (shed skin) naturally. Indeed, an appreciable portion of dust in the average house is dead skin, or so I’ve heard. Thus, it’s possible that any food-stuff made in something other than a completely sterile room might have a few tiny bits of “human flesh” on it. The sandwich you had for lunch probably had some of yours.

    Hope I didn’t gross anybody out. 🙂

    • Miguel

      This is the most hillarious post I have ever read!

    • Dennis Freeland

      A study of the NY subway showed that there were around 22,000 cells (human or otherwise) per cubic metre – and “approximately 20% of identifiable species are associated with human skin”; thus representing
      4,400 human skin cells per cubic metre.

      At a “normal” respiratory rate of 6L/Min this means that we are breathing in skin cells at a rate of about 26 cells per minute – more than two with every breathe – and around 14 Million every year !

      In a lifespan on 71.5 years we breathe in over A BILLION SKIN CELLS –
      not necessarily our own.

      You are welcome.

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