What's Wrong With This Picture?

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This page is about a screamer or shock site of which the original copy was deleted.

What's Wrong With This Picture? or What's Wrong? or What's wrong with this image? is an infamous internet screamer created by Jaybill McCarthy, originally hosted on his personal website "Jaybill" in early 2002, (possibly late 2001).[1] Many copies have since appeared on the internet, and is an example of an early e-mail chainletter prank.

Content[edit | edit source]

The animation disguises itself as a normal stock photo of a dining room; depicting an open window, table, chairs, paintings, and flowers. The viewer is then asked to find something wrong in it, however, there are no actual errors in the picture itself. After about 30 seconds the screen cuts to a grainy black and white photo of an eyeless woman with a wide mouth, accompanied by audio of a man screaming. The animation repeats afterward,

The screamer face itself originates from gettyimages[2], and was created by photographer 'Gandee Vasan' in 1998 as a stock photo inspired by "The Scream" by Edvard Munch. This stock image was also used (albeit heavily edited) for the cover of the 2001 film "Maniacts."

Jaybill himself is the one who doctored the stock photo into its now infamous form we know today, starting with this screamer and then the ones succeeding it.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

NOTE: This section is about the histories (and the rise) of WWWTPs.

The Screamer gained traction rather quickly, with 5,000 page views an hour (6 million per month) shortly after it's release.[4] Ironically, many viewers did not get the "joke" the first time... so Jaybill made an alternate version of the screamer titled the "observationally impaired" edition. This version added a bunch of text pointing out all the things it wasn't, then would warn the viewer the scare was coming with big arrows saying "this is it! this is what is wrong! the original image was just to deceive you!" This version is currently lost.[5]

In February 2002 Funshack released their own screamer, which featured a living room and the need to figure out what's wrong with it; after 10 seconds, a mouse (from Liquid Generation's Optical Illusion) appears with a shriek.[6] A Spanish version of the original was released in March 2002 by Jaca101 on the website Jaca101.com.[7] Another comparable version also exists, but there are no links to it, though ScreamerCentral uses the .swf file as a showcase video for “What's Wrong?”, which can be accessed here.[8] Liquid Generation made a series of WWWTP in April 2002, only 3 animations were made altogether. from April to December, many copies began to appear, though most of them were deleted.

Weasel Circus also created their own version of WWWTP in 2003. In 2009, Amendia uploaded a YouTube video which has reached over 1.7 million views. WikiHow also used the screamer as a reference to “Internet Screamers”.[9] though many screamers like this began to appear, they aren’t well-known in the new era.

Impact[edit | edit source]

The animation has been reuploaded on multiple websites including YouTube, where it has gained many views. The screamer has also been featured on TV shows like America's Funniest Home Videos (also used there as a substitute screamer for Regan MacNeil in The Maze). Screamers of this kind became more and more popular as they began to circulate on the Internet. A few more examples of this are What's wrong with this picture?, Zoeken, Forest-wmv and Basement Ghost.

Interestingly enough, the very *first* screamer reaction video on the internet may have originated alongside this screamer. In mid-2002, Jaybill posted an article on his website in regards to a video sent to him from a subject reacting to this screamer. The subject/victim of the video is named "Jose."[10]

References[edit | edit source]

Links[edit | edit source]

NOTE: The following animation contains a screamer!

  • tekzoned.com/whatswrong/
  • Raw .swf: winterrowd.com/whatswrong/whats-wrong.swf
  • Rum Design .swf Archive: web.archive.org/web/20050514064626/rumdesign.com/wrong/wrong.swf
  • winterrowd.com/whatswrong
  • Raw .swf from TekZoned: tekzoned.com/whatswrong/whatswrong.swf
  • Showcase Video: youtube.com/watch?v=f0VXgx1tegk


Comments[edit | edit source]


Comments[edit | edit source]


Anonymous #1

20 months ago
Score 6++

Pinky fingers raised?

BRITISH!

Clener74

20 months ago
Score 42++
Even though I know it's just a static image staring at it for long enough still makes me feel certain discomfort.

Anonymous #2

13 months ago
Score 2++
such a scary image

Anonymous #7

one month ago
Score 0 You
I gotta stay up tonight.

Anonymous #3

12 months ago
Score 6++
I never knew they were a woman 😳

Anonymous #4

10 months ago
Score 1++
The face used in this screamer is actually not that bad. For a few seasons of AFV, the face from this screamer replaces those from "The Maze", "Ghost caught on tape", and "Zoeken".

Anonymous #5

10 months ago
Score 1++
i cant look at this image due to ptsd

Anonymous #6

8 months ago
Score 0++
gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Anonymous #7

8 months ago
Score 1 You
the websites don't work for me

Clener74

7 months ago
Score -1++
I added a link to the .swf file as hosted on TeKZoned; you can always download the file itself and run it however is most convenient for you. You can also still view it from the site itself, if you use Ruffle to supplant Flash.

Anonymous #7

7 months ago
Score -1 You

Dr. Flug: Uhhh... Sir? The cage is... EMPTY. Black Hat: EMPTY?! I don't think it's empty. 💢 Why? 🤨

Dr. Flug: But the creature has escape. Black Hat: Really? So where is it? Dr. Flug: I think it's right over there. (Black Hat looks around) (Eyes flash in the darkness) Black Hat: Uh-oh. (GFWE scares Black Hat) (Black Hat screams)

Anonymous #7

7 months ago
Score 0 You
PTSD intensifies

Anonymous #7

7 months ago
Score 1 You
the answer is no curtains

Anonymous #7

7 months ago
Score 1 You
i knew already there were no errors

Stever1009

5 months ago
Score 1++
The screamer picture really came from here: https://www....e/BD4381-001

Anonymous #7

4 months ago
Score 0 You
They said in the page for The Maze that they used this face instead of the usual event. But the first clip showed Regan anyway.

Anonymous #7

one month ago
Score 0 You
its way worse with eyes for some reason
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