The tweet, shared on Friday evening, features a picture of two women sharing a bowl of popcorn on the sofa along with their dog, with the caption: “For staying safe there’s no place like home”.
But a strangely-positioned arm that appears to belong to someone wearing a different-coloured top to either of the women featured has attracted people’s attention, with many questioning where it has come from.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) April 17, 2020
What in the holy hell is this shapeshifter dog doing growing a human arm 😱😱😱😱🤮🤮🤮🤮😱😱😱😱
— Cat K 🇪🇺 🏴🇮🇪🇪🇺🇬🇧 (@KitCatK) April 18, 2020
Whose is the extra hand? pic.twitter.com/ZMARHNKWFR
— Voleur de Confiture 🕷 (@The_Flaneur16) April 18, 2020
Some pointed out that the ‘black sleeve’ could actually be a shadow that creates an optical illusion, but many preferred to see the funny side, offering various explanations for the ‘third arm’.
One person suggested the dog must have eaten a neighbour while another questioned where the rest of the person’s body was as they hid under the dog.
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Some even reminisced over films like Alien and the Addams Family, which features a disembodied hand called ‘Thing’ that acts as a servant for the family.
Others took the opportunity to point out that if a third person was in the house, they probably weren’t obeying the government’s social distancing rules.
The Adams Family pic.twitter.com/qmil8QZDxS
— Liz Webster 🔶🏴🇬🇧🇪🇺 FBPE (@abcpoppins) April 18, 2020
The nation now needs to know if the extra hand is from the same household.
— MD #FBPE 🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@surfdoctor) April 18, 2020
My wife and I have just disentangled after a failed attempt to recreate the pose. We conclude that the dog has disguised one paw so as to steal treats from the bowl unobserved.
— Graham Watson 🇬🇧🇪🇺🇫🇷🐟 (@Graham_4EU) April 18, 2020
The Downing Street Twitter account has been posting regular pictures of people at home in various scenarios as part of its campaign calling for people to: “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”.
A total of 16,060 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Saturday, the Department of Health said — up by 596 from 15,464 the day before.