35 Photos That Went Viral But Actually are NOT Real


h/t: Boredpanda

Sometimes, photos are artificially enhanced, Photoshopped, or layered with fake additions that even those of us with the sharpest eyes can be easily tricked.

The lure of “likes,” “shares,” and “retweets” is so addictive that people are compelled to share information that is factually incorrect.

From iconic selfie of a pilot photographing himself in the air to the viral sensation of seared rice wave, we have listed 35 photos that went viral but actually are NOT real. These photos definitely prove that you can’t trust everything you see on the internet these days.

Scroll on peeps and enjoy!

  1. 1 Is this a behind the scenes photo from National Geographic?

    It’s an amusing photo. But that image of National Geographic photographers running from a bear has definitely been photoshopped.

    As commenters on Reddit point out, there are actually a few clues that this is a fake. But the most damning bit of evidence? The bear appears to be from a stock photo.

    Below, a side-by-side of the image with the stock photo. Notice the shape of the bear’s head and the green piece of grass in front of the bear’s right arm.

  2. 2 The miracles of color grading

    In the event that we could make a rundown of the web's most cherished subjects, unusual creatures would have their place in the main 10. It appears that discovering strange and one of a kind animal groups is something everybody flourishes in, and in spite of the fact that it is a cool thing to run over an interesting creature, there is no compelling reason to make one with photoshop, or in case you're doing as such, kindly don't attempt to trap individuals into supposing it really exists.

  3. 3 Out Burst Dangerous Pilot Selfie

    This iconic selfie of a pilot photographing himself in the air was actually a photo of him when he was safely landed, but it's important to mention, that even on the land, it's a pretty cool selfie!

  4. 4 A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave


    One of the ongoing viral sensations was the 'seared rice image' that demonstrated a man making an inconceivable rice wave in his skillet. The picture immediately got a ton of consideration on the web and individuals from all around the globe beginning photoshopping irregular things into the picture. Shockingly, the photograph itself is as of now counterfeit since the rice wave is a figure that is sold in a phony nourishment shop in Tokyo.

  5. 5 A picture Of A Tourist Taken Moments Before 9/11

    The appalling 9/11 story still remains a puzzle generally, different fear inspired notions surf the Internet without anybody giving the genuine answers. Along these lines, there's no uncertainty that when a photograph taken one minute before the catastrophe happened was posted on the web, individuals immediately begun sharing it. All things considered, fortunately the man in the photograph did not observe the disaster occur. That is most likely the main beneficial thing there is to state about this horrendous occasion.

  6. 6 Einstein Riding A Bike As A-Bomb Explodes

    This photograph of a blast was really taken 7 years after Einstein's demise, so regardless of whether cool folks don't take a gander at blasts, this was certainly not the situation.

  7. 7 I bet frogs are her favorite

    One of the most recent viral sensations was a woman weirdly squatting on a tiny shelf. Turns out she only lifted one leg, which, to be honest, is still kinda weird.

  8. 8 Satellite photo of India during a normal night and a festival night

    An enchanted photograph of India amid the Hindu celebration is really a composite of satellite pictures shaded diverse hues.

  9. 9 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

  10. 10 Perfect Lenticular Clouds

    Lenticular mists are as of now entirely cool as they seem to be, and there is no requirement for intemperate photoshop to improve them look. Sadly, the creator of the photoshopped adaptation didn't generally imagine that way. All things considered, we surmise the entire web didn't assume that way, since the phony photograph turned into a work area of decision for some individuals.

  11. 11 How romantic would a walk on ice be? That too in Venice...

    Venice is unquestionably a standout amongst the most excellent spots to visit the world over so there is no compelling reason to photoshop a photograph of solidified Lake Baikal in Russia to make the spot look much additionally staggering.

  12. 12 Kitty's got mood swings

    The internet just loves animals, especially if they look weird or cute, or both at the same time. So there is no surprise that a photo of a cat with adorable mustache and eyebrows would go viral. Well, there is a silver lining to this story, the cat does in fact have that incredible mustache.

  13. 13 Someone parked their cow in the wrong spot

    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.

  14. 14 Tour de Serbia

    Even though a photo of a bear chasing a cyclist will have a far bigger effect on you than a photo of a bear running through an empty street, luckily, nobody was harmed in the making of this photo. Although there's not much information about the original photo, it is believed the photo was taken Yellowstone National Park.

  15. 15 The definition of true love

    A photograph of a child resting close to his expired guardians' grave in Syria ended up being totally organized since the child knew the picture taker and the graves did not have a place with his folks. In spite of the fact that this kind of photography is still totally unfortunate it demonstrates by and by you can't trust all that you see on the web.

  16. 16 Looks like they hired their own graduates to do the job

    Some time back this photograph was a flat out portrayal of web humor, the amusing oversight was something that individuals always shared on the web. Sadly, the photograph was photoshopped so well, it wasn't so natural to comprehend it was really phony.

  17. 17 The castle of your dreams

    This enchanted palace that likely the majority of us would love to visit or even remain in is shockingly a mix of a photograph of a stone in Thailand and a stronghold in Germany.

  18. 18 Astronaut Smoking Marijuana In Space

    It's protected to state that Chris Hadfield is a standout amongst the most darling Astronauts there is. His unimaginable video blogs from space responded to such huge numbers of inquiries regarding life in zero gravity, from cleaning your teeth to dozing, everything is distinctive in space. In spite of the fact that this type of vlogging is unique, you shouldn't feel that this unimaginable person would utilize any sort of medications while truly flying in space. Chris was in reality simply endeavoring to astound his associates with some Easter eggs!

  19. 19 Behind The Scenes Photo Of MGM Intro

    A photograph of a lion tied onto a machine so as to make the notable MGM introduction of a lion thundering is really a photograph of a lion being analyzed at the vet's office. Fortunately, the lion made an awesome recuperation and is currently totally solid. Additionally, an intriguing certainty is that there have been 7 lions that were utilized to make the MGM introduction, the present one, name's identity's Leo, has showed up in the vast majority of the motion pictures since 1957.

  20. 20 Is this really Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor?

    The internet loves Marilyn Monroe. But the internet is filled with tons of fake Marilyn Monroe photos. So you can probably guess what we have to say about the photo purporting to show Marilyn and Elizabeth Taylor above. That’s right, it’s phony.

    Photo debunker Hoaxeye points out that the photo is actually a combination of two photos. The photo of Elizabeth Taylor was taken in 1948 by Mark Kauffman.

  21. 21 The dragon is back searching for dragon balls

    This “cloud dragon” is kinda cool, but don’t go thanking Mother Nature. Thank the Photoshop gods. It was created by Deviant Art user StrixCZ.

  22. 22 The shark vs submarine hoax

    Remember that dumb megalodon documentary released by the Discovery Channel for Shark Week back in 2014? It was completely fake. But something tells me that we’ll be living with the fake facts peddled by that show for many years to come. If you’ve seen the image above, don’t believe it. The photo is totally fake.

  23. 23 Dubai's super moon conspiracy

    Close, but the photo on the left is actually photoshopped. As PicPedant points out, the original photo was taken by Mo Aoun and shows the moonoff to the side. The moon in the altered photo is also larger than the original. This seems to be a case of people taking something beautiful and making it literally unbelievable.

  24. 24 The king would never do that

    No matter how many times this photo of Martin Luther King Jr. is debunked, it always seems to pop up again and again on sites like Imgur, Reddit, and Pinterest. It’s a photoshop job.

    The real photo (on the right) actually shows King reacting in St. Augustine, Florida, after learning that the Senate had passed the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. He’s holding up two fingers, not one.

  25. 25 Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger as the Joker. Have your pick.

    Well, no, that’s not Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson. They’re action figures. Really well done action figures, I’ll grant you. But action figures nonetheless.

  26. 26 Is this an Alaskan Tree Frog?

    As Hoax of Fame points out, there’s actually no such thing as an Alaskan Tree Frog. The image is quite clearly a cartoonish frog on top of what I’m guessing is a stone heart. Frustratingly, I can’t seem to find an example online. But I’m almost certain I’ve seen this one (in its non-frozen form) before. If you know where this frog comes from please let us know in the comments.

  27. 27 Are these real penguins with donated sweaters?

    You may have recently seen the heartwarming story of Australia’s oldest man (109 years young!) who knits sweaters for penguins. The story is currently making the rounds with an adorable photo purporting to show the grateful penguins of Australia’s Phillip Island. The only problem? Those penguins in that particular photo are totally fake.

    The photo comes from the Penguin Foundation’s Facebook page. As they explained in the comments to the photo when questioned about the fake

  28. 28 Is this a real screenshot from Wheel of Fortune?

    You may have seen this Wheel of Fortune screenshot gag going viral recently. Is the answer really “Luck Be In the Air Tonight”? Nope. It’s just a photoshop job from start to finish.

    The big clue that this one is fake? If the answer is really supposed to be “Luck Be In The Air Tonight,” then why is the letter I missing from the word “air”? The only logical explanation? The answer must be the lewd one everybody was thinking.

  29. 29 Is this Salvador Dali drawing a penis on a woman’s forehead?

    Salvador Dali never painted a cartoon penis on a woman’s forehead, signing it Picasso. Or at least if he did, it was never photographed. The woman in the photo is Dali’s wife Gala and the painting he’s doing is known as Medusa’s sleep.

  30. 30 Is this Heath Ledger as The Joker kick-flipping over Batman?

    Notoriously awful Twitter account HistoryInPics posts a lot of fake content. And sadly they don’t even tell the truth when their “history” is a recent as 2008.

    No, that’s not Heath Ledger on the set of The Dark Knight kick-flipping over Christian Bale. The funny part? Ledger was actually known for skating around on location while shooting in Chicago. But the photo above is totally fake.

  31. 31 Is this a shooting star and its reflection?

    As the always excellent Twitter photo sleuth PicPedant points out, the picture above isn’t a shooting star. It’s actually a 2-minute long exposure of a space shuttle launch in 2010. By leaving the camera’s shutter open for 2 minutes, the launch appears to be a long fiery trail. But it’s most definitely not a shooting star.

  32. 32 Is this a 1950s car show?

    The photo above does come from a car show that took place at a Thrifty Drug store parking lot in Los Angeles on May 15, 1954. But it’s not exactly as it would’ve appeared to people who were actually there.

    The photo was colorized by Rik Hoving back in 2006, though the HistoryInPics version crops out mention of his name. Colorized photos aren’t necessarily “fake.” But as I’ve said before, we have to ask ourselves what happens to history when a colorized photo supplants the original in web searches.

  33. 33 Is this Princess Diana giving the finger?

    No, that’s not Princess Di flipping the bird. It’s another photo by Alison Jackson, a British photographer known for her staged images of celebrity lookalikes.

    Historical photo accounts on Twitter are constantly posting Jackson’s images. Twitter is littered with countless Marilyn Monroe and JFK images that are actually Jackson’s handiwork using lookalikes. Throw this one on the pile.

  34. 34 Is this an old magic trick gone wrong?

    With a caption like “magic trick gone wrong,” it’s easy to imagine the photos above as depicting a magician nearly escaping from drowning. We’re left to think a scantily clad performer heroically grabbed an ax and freed a grateful woman. The problem? That’s not what these pictures show at all. And in fact, the real story is far more interesting.

    The woman with the ax, Kitty West (also known as Evangeline the Oyster Girl), smashed the glass box in rage. West was a burlesque performer on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during the late 1940s. Her act included emerging from an enormous oyster shell, thus the name Oyster Girl. One night in 1949 a rival performer from out of town, Divena the Aqua Tease, got top billing over West, which seemed to really upset her. Divena’s act involved an underwater strip tease in a giant glass case filled with water. So you can see where this is going.

    “I just wanted to break the tank in a million pieces,” West would later recall. Life magazine reported that 400 gallons of water poured onto the stage, causing many in the audience to flee. Once the water had drained, West attacked Divena by pulling her hair. West was promptly arrested, and the whole thing (complete with photos of West at the police station) was published in Life.


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