Since conspiracies flourish on the internet -- and because it's probably a hell-spawned, fire-belching creature in those photos -- Christianson’s post has been shared nearly 85,000 times, and ratcheted up 9,000 comments. In any case, people are curious: Is it Satan standing there, telling us to brace for the fall of humanity? Or is it a palm tree, captured by a grainy cell phone camera? The world may never know.
Happy new year, mortals. A tide of darkness fast approacheth.