The Picture Of A Gold Toilet Is Not From The Ukrainian President’s Mansion

The photo is a hoax and has been on the web for years.

1. A gaudy gold toilet is making the rounds online purported to be owned by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, but the photo has been on the internet for at least two years.

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3. The gold toilet is known online as the “lion king meme,” according to

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5. The toilet would not be out of place at the property, though, which protestors discovered today houses a personal zoo and a yacht, among other luxuries.

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7. Mashable’s Jim Roberts tweeted the toilet photo, then apologized when it came out that it was a hoax.

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Folks. I goofed. Please don’t be tempted by the too-good-to be true toilet photo. It’s not from #Yanukovych estate.

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim)
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