We spend a lot of time here at ViralNova telling you that not everything is Photoshop, and that sometimes really amazing photos are actually records of really amazing things. However, there are plenty of hoaxes out there, and plenty of instances of a Photoshop job slipping through the cracks.
Other times, photos themselves haven”t been manipulated, but the stories behind them have been changed to make them seem more shocking, scary, or hilarious. Today, we”re debunking some of the most persistent hoaxes out there in the wasteland that is the Internet.
1. Helicopter Shark
2. The Japanese Moon Melon
3. Lit-up India
4. The Bike in a Tree
5. Hurricane Over New York, Version 1
6. Hurricane Over New York, Version 2
7. Hurricane Over New York, Version 3
8. The Hands of God
9. The Irish Castle
10. The Political Statement
11. The Lost Temple of Lysistrata
12. The Baby Foot of Terror
13. The Northern Lights
14. The Purple Forest
15. The Bhutan Monastery
If you”re wondering how these hoaxes are called out, there are a number of ways. Sometimes, people own up to them. Sometimes other people come forward with the original images and blow the hoaxes apart. Other times, software can actually detect alterations made to images to see if they”ve been tampered with.
And sometimes? They”re just so ridiculous, you can”t believe anyone fell for them at all.