The term “fake news” has recently gained popularity, yet with today’s photo editing software, even the most alert eyes may be tricked. How many of these photographs, from the viral rice wave to the renowned shot of the first dab in history, do you believe are 100% genuine? This collection has been compiled to show you the reality, and sometimes the unpleasant truth, behind Internet-famous photographs, so get ready for some eye-opening shots that will illustrate once again that you can’t trust everything you see online.
#1 Behind The Scenes Photo Of MGM Intro
#2 The Mustache Wasn’t Enough, They Had To Add Those Angry Eyebrows
The internet adores animals, especially when they combine odd and adorable appearances. Therefore, it is unsurprising that a picture of a cat with a cute mustache and eyebrows would become popular. Well, there is a silver lining to this story, the cat does have that incredible mustache, but the eyebrows are a result of clever photo manipulation.
#3 A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave
The “fried rice meme,” which featured a man making an amazing rice wave in his pan, was one of the most recent Internet blockbusters. People worldwide proceeded to send in their altered photographs of the rice wave after this intriguing shot gained much attention online. Unfortunately, the rice wave sculpture is a fake photo in and of itself because it is sold at a fake food store in Tokyo.
#4 Astronaut Smoking Marijuana In Space
Chris Hadfield is undoubtedly one of the most adored astronauts there is. His amazing videos from space provided answers to many queries about what it’s like to live in weightlessness. From brushing your teeth to sleeping, everything is different in space. Although this kind of vlogging is unique, you shouldn’t assume that this amazing man would take any medication figuratively floating into space. In the original picture, Chris was only attempting to surprise his coworkers with some Easter eggs.
#5 Magical Castle
Unfortunately, this magical castle is a hybrid of a photograph of rock in Thailand and a castle in Germany, even though most of us would undoubtedly want to visit or perhaps stay there.
#6 Not-So-Planned College Name Sign
This well-known image used to be the epitome of internet comedy because of the sarcastic error people frequently post online. Unfortunately, the photo was so expertly altered that it was difficult to tell it was a fake.
#7 Dangerous Pilot Selfie
This famous selfie of a pilot taking a picture of himself in the air was actually taken after he had safely landed. However, it’s still essential to note that it’s a pretty awesome selfie even then!
#8 A Kid Sleeping Near His Deceased Parents’ Graves In Syria
Since the child knew the photographer and the graves weren’t actually his parents, a snapshot of a child in Syria sleeping next to their graves turned proven to be manufactured. Even if photography of this kind is still utterly devastating, it once again shows that not everything you read online can be trusted.
#9 Frozen Venice
Venice is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places on the planet, so there’s no need to photoshop a shot of frozen Lake Baikal in Russia to make it appear even more lovely.
#10 Perfect Lenticular Clouds
Lenticular clouds are already fairly attractive, and there is no need for heavy manipulation to improve their appearance. Unfortunately, the author of the altered version did not think so. We assume the rest of the internet didn’t think that way because the fake photo quickly became a popular desktop wallpaper.
#11 Woman Squatting Like A Frog
One of the most recent viral sensations was a woman strangely squatting on a little shelf. She just lifted one leg, which, to be honest, is still strange.
#12 Unique Black Lion
If we had to list the internet’s most popular subjects, strange creatures would undoubtedly be among the top ten. It appears that finding strange and unusual species is something that everyone enjoys. While it is exciting to stumble upon a rare animal, there is no need to manufacture one with Photoshop, and if you do, please do not try to fool people into thinking it genuinely exists.
#13 Moon Perfectly Fitting On A Skyscraper
There is a weird obsession with moons in viral photos; it seems that if you want to have a popular photo, add a moon in the most unrealistic place, and there you have it. That’s exactly what happened with this photo taken by Mo Aoun.
#14 #10yearschallenge Against Deforestation
Recently the hashtag #10yearchallenge went viral, with people from 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 the 21st century is deforestation, and that’s exactly what people have tried to warn us about. Unfortunately, the image used to spread the message was fake – the before and after photos of the rainforest cut down completely were the same photo.
#15 Bear Chasing A Cycler
Even though a photograph of a bear chasing a bicycle would have a considerably greater impact on you than a photograph of a bear rushing along an empty street, nobody was hurt in the creation of this photograph. Although there isn’t much information about the original photograph, it is thought to have been shot at Yellowstone National Park.
#16 A Photo Of Marilyn Monroe And Elizabeth Taylor
Oh how cool would it be to have two beauty icons chilling in one photo. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Taylor was photoshopped into a picture of Marilyn Monroe. In fact, this is not the first time Marilyn Monroe’s photos were photoshopped to seem that she is spending time with iconic celebrities such as Elvis Presley, James Dean, and even John F. Kennedy.
#17 First Dab In The History
Although all of us would hope that the first dab was captured back in the 20th century, meaning this iconic movement will never age, unfortunately, this photo is actually a behind-the-scenes photo from the movie Dunkirk, shot in 2017.
#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
A photo of a giraffe with dwarfism has been used online multiple times, although giraffes, like other animals, can have dwarfism, this photo is actually fake.
#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 photographers 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 undoubtedly spark your interest in traveling. Imagine yourself enjoying a tasty cocktail while relaxing on a star-shaped island amid the ocean. Unfortunately, such an island does not exist, but you may visit the moon-shaped island Molokini, located between the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Kahoolawein.
#23 Cow Chilling On A Car
The internet is full of photoshopped pictures that don’t make 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, 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 in different colors.
#25 Einstein Riding A Bicycle As A-Bomb Explodes
This photo of an explosion was taken seven 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 celebrity Paris Hilton is mostly known for spending a huge amount on things none of us could afford. Even though this person doesn’t have any problem publicly showing her inherited money, she’s not that ignorant to wear a t-shirt that calls other people poor. She 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 “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.