Recently, the term ‘Fake news’ has become really popular, but with today’s Photoshop abilities, even those of us with the most observant eyes may easily be fooled. From the viral rice wave to a photo of the first dab in history, how many of these photos do you believed to be 100% real?
This list compiled by WebMDI will show you the reality behind popular viral photos so prepare yourself for some eye-opening shots that will prove once again – you can’t trust everything you see online.
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01. Behind The Scenes Photo Of MGM Intro
A photo of a lion strapped onto a machine in order to make the iconic MGM intro of a lion roaring is actually a photo of a lion being diagnosed at the vet’s office. Luckily, the lion made a wonderful recovery and is now completely healthy. Also, an interesting fact is that there have been 7 lions that were used to create the MGM intro, the current one, who’s name is Leo, has appeared in most of the movies since 1957.
02. The Mustache Wasn’t Enough, They Had To Add Those Angry Eyebrows
03. A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave
One of the recent viral sensations was the ‘fried rice meme’ that showed a man making an incredible rice wave in his pan. The image quickly received a lot of attention online and people from all around the world starting photo shopping random things into the image. Unfortunately, the photo itself is already fake since the rice wave is a sculpture that is sold in a fake food shop in Tokyo.
04. Astronaut Smoking Marijuana In Space
05. Magical Castle
This magical castle that probably most of us would love to visit or even stay in is unfortunately a combination of a photo of a rock in Thailand and a castle in Germany.
06. Not-So-Planned College Name Sign
Some time ago this photo was an absolute representation of internet humor, the ironic mistake was something that people constantly shared online. Unfortunately, the photo was photoshopped so well, it wasn’t so easy to understand it was actually fake.
07. Dangerous Pilot Selfie
08. A Kid Sleeping Near His Deceased Parents’ Graves In Syria
09. Frozen Venice
Venice is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit around the world so there is no need to photoshop a photo of frozen Lake Baikal in Russia to make the place look even more stunning.
10. Perfect Lenticular Clouds
Lenticular clouds are already pretty cool as they are, and there is no need for excessive photoshop to make them look better. Unfortunately, the author of the photoshopped version didn’t really think that way. Well, we guess the whole internet didn’t think that way, since the fake photo became a desktop of choice for many people.
11. Woman Squatting Like A Frog
12. Unique Black Lion
If we could make a list of the internet’s most beloved topics, weird animals would definitely have their place in the top 10. It seems that finding weird and unique species is something everyone thrives in, and although it is a cool thing to come across a unique animal, there is no need to create one with photoshop, or if you’re doing so, please do not try to trick people into thinking it actually exists.
13. Moon Perfectly Fitting On A Skyscraper
14. 10 Years Challenge Against Deforestation
Recently the hashtag #10yearchallenge went viral with people from all around the world sharing their changes throughout the years. Some people decided to use the hashtag to warn people about the terrible impact we are having on this earth. One of the biggest environmental problems in 21st century is deforestation, and that’s exactly what people tried to warn us about. Unfortunately, the image that was used to spread the message was fake – the before and after photos of a rainforest cut down completely was actually the same photo.
15. Bear Chasing A Cycler
16. A Photo Of Marilyn Monroe And Elizabeth Taylor
17. First Dab In The History
18. Photo Of The Space Shuttle
A magnificent photo of a space shuttle once again fooled many people and it quickly became a popular image to share online. What bothered many people is the need to even photoshop the image since the original one is already really cool as it is.
19. Picture Of A Dwarf Giraffe
20. Bear Chasing National Geographic Photographers
A photo showing a bear chasing a group of National Geographic photographers would send shivers down anyone’s spine. Just imagining being in such a dangerous situation is terrifying. But since we have already proved there’s no point in believing everything you see online, you can stop feeling bad about these photographer,s since the bear in the photo is actually captured in a stock photo that can be easily found online.
21. Giant Skeleton Found
The internet is filled with photoshopped images of archaeologists finding huge skeletons that might belong to giants. If this was the reality, a new chapter in history would be open and we could consider some myths to be true. Unfortunately, no science or history museum has ever accepted these findings for one simple reason: the photos that show these skeletons are completely fake.
22. An Island That Looks Like A Star
Photos like this will definitely in spark you a great desire to travel. Imagine yourself sipping on a delicious cocktail while chilling on an island in the middle of the ocean that is a shape of a star. Well, unfortunately, such an island doesn’t exist, but what you can do is visit the moon-shaped island Molokini, located between the islands of Maui and Kahoolawein Hawaii.
23. Cow Chilling On A Car
The internet is full of photoshopped pictures that just don’t make any sense and somehow we still manage to believe them. One of those fake viral photos was a picture of a cow chilling on a BMW. Well turns out, no car was damaged in the making of this photo since the cow was chilling on the grass like it was supposed to.
24. Photo Of India
A magical photo of India during the Hindu festival is actually a composite of satellite images shaded different colors.
25. Einstein Riding A Bicycle As A-Bomb Explodes
This photo of an explosion was actually taken 7 years after Einstein’s death, so even if cool guys don’t look at explosions, this was definitely not the case.
26. Paris Hilton’s Offensive T-Shirt
The famous celebrity Paris Hilton is mostly known for spending a huge amount of money on things none of us could possibly afford. Even though this person doesn’t have any problem with publicly showing her inherited money, she’s definitely not that ignorant to wear a t-shirt that calls other people poor. She just calls them… desperate. Well, it’s better than poor. Right?
27. Turtle Mountain
This would be an amazing mountain to visit, but if it actually existed, there is a great chance you would know more about it and more people would visit it. Also, there would be a far greater amount of photos from this location. So, when somebody went to that location and actually captured the mountain, it was no surprise that the “Turtle Mountain” is actually just the simple, yet beautiful “”Pilot Mountain” in North Carolina.
28. Romney Family Misspelling Their Last Name
There is always a lot of controversy and fake news during the elections, especially in a country as big as the USA. So, there is no surprise that back when Mitt Romney was running for president, people were trying their best to ruin his campaign. One piece of fake news that surfed the media was a fake photo of Romney’s spelling the word ‘Money’ instead of his last name ‘Romney’.
29. Viral Photo Of A Pooping Cheerleader
30. A Photo Of A Tourist Taken Moments Before 9/11
The horrible 9/11 story still remains a mystery for the most part, various conspiracy theories surf the Internet without anyone giving the real answers. So, there’s no doubt that when a photo taken just a moment before the tragedy happened was posted online, people quickly started sharing it. Well, luckily the man in the photo did not witness the tragedy take place. That’s probably the only good thing there is to say about this awful event.
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