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  • 27 November 2012, 12:44

Tourist's spoof photo for mum goes viral

Spoof photo /Reddit

A photograph taken on the edge of the Grand Canyon and sent by a tourist to her anxious mother has gone viral online.

Samantha Busch, 22, from Illinois, asked her boyfriend to take the shot, which suggests she is about to tumble into the chasm below.

Despite the expression on her face, she was in fact standing on a ledge out of sight below, reports the Daily Telegraph.

She added the image to Reddit, the social networking site, with the caption "Mom was worried about my trip to the Grand Canyon, I sent her this picture".

Ms Busch said she sent the picture, which has received thousands of comments, to teach her over-anxious mother a lesson.

"For five days up before I went on this trip, she was worried about us visiting the Grand Canyon, because 'people are dumb, they fall off, the wind blows over them the edge'," Busch explained to ABC News.

"So when while I was there, I found a cool little spot that I could sneak into, and lean back and look like I am falling off, and I thought that would be a great picture to send back home to my parents, who were worried about me."

Her act apparently had the desired effect. "My heart just dropped for 30 seconds," her mother, Rebecca Busch, admitted.