Fake Viral Photos That We Believed Were Real

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#1 Behind The Scenes Photo Of MGM Intro



This photo of a lion strapped to a bed to film the MGM intro turns out to be fake – the lion is actually undergoing a CAT scan.

#2 Astronaut Smoking Marijuana In Space



Chris Hadfield has to be one of our favorite Astronauts, informing us about how life is in space by showing how he brushes his teeth and sleeps. Don’t worry – he isn’t up there doing drugs. The giant bag of marijuana was actually a bag full of Easter eggs!


#3 The Mustache Wasn’t Enough, They Had To Add Those Angry Eyebrows



While this lovely kitten’s glorious mustache is real, his angry eyebrows are not.


#4 A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave



The picture of a man next to a giant rice wave has recently gone viral and even sparked some funny memes. It later turned out that it was fake and the rice wave was just a sculpture found in a fake food shop in Tokyo.


#5 A Kid Sleeping Near His Deceased Parents’ Graves In Syria



Although the first picture looks heartbreaking, the photo was actually staged by the photographer.


#6 Not-So-Planned College Name Sign



This one’s a true classic, that has been circulating the internet for many years. Yet, like all of the things in this list, it is nothing more than a clever edit.


#7 Woman Squatting Like A Frog



While the photo on the left is clearly photoshopped, seeing the original doesn’t really make it that better.


#8 Frozen Venice



This viral ‘Frozen Venice’ picture is actually a composite of two pictures: Venice and Lake Baikal frozen during the wintertime.


#9 Magical Castle



This castle on top of a rock looks like something out of a fairy tale but the picture is actually a castle in Germany and a rock in Thailand blended together.


#10 Dangerous Pilot Selfie



As cool as it may look, this viral pilot selfie was safely taken when the plane was parked.


#11 Perfect Lenticular Clouds



Lenticular clouds are already pretty cool by themselves – we guess the author thought that adding more would make them even cooler?


#12 Unique Black Lion



While a black lion would look totally badass, we sadly have to say that it’s only the result of some clever editing.


#13 #10yearschallenge Against Deforestation



The #10yearchallenge hashtag recently went viral and with it did this fake photo. Although deforestation is still an important problem, this picture was actually created from the same photo.


#14 Moon Perfectly Fitting On A Skyscraper



To make this photo taken by Mo Aoun more interesting, someone decided to move the moon.


#15 Bear Chasing A Cycler



While being chased by a bear might be great motivation to cycle faster, the photo did not originally feature the cyclist.


#16 Picture Of A Dwarf Giraffe



Sadly, this picture of a small chubby giraffe proved to be fake too.


#17 A Photo Of Marilyn Monroe And Elizabeth Taylor



It might look like an iconic photo of two legendary celebrities together but, unfortunately, Elizabeth Taylor was added in Photoshop.


#18 Giant Skeleton Found



We hate to break it to you, but archaeologists did not actually uncover the remains of a giant.


#19 Bear Chasing National Geographic Photographers



This photo of a group of National Geographic photographers being chased by a wild bear is photoshopped too. And if you think the bear looks kind of familiar, that’s because it’s a rather popular stock photo.


#20 First Dab In The History



Thankfully, this dabbing soldier did not actually go to war –  the photo is actually a behind-the-scenes picture from the movie Dunkirk, shot in 2017.


#21 Viral Photo Of A Pooping Cheerleader



#22 An Island That Looks Like A Star



This island might look like the flag of Turkey, but sadly the star in the middle is fake. It is actually the Molokini island, located between the islands of Maui and Kahoolawein Hawaii.


#23 Paris Hilton’s Offensive T-Shirt



Even though the original does not make it that much better, the photo on the left is fake.


#24 Turtle Mountain



As cool as it may look, the ‘Turtle Mountain’ is fake – it’s actually Pilot Mountain located in North Carolina and we think it looks pretty cool on its own.


#25 Cow Chilling On A Car



No cows were harmed in the making of this fake viral picture.


#26 Photo Of India



This satellite photo of India during the Hindu festival turns out to be a composite of many different satellite images.


#27 Romney Family Misspelling Their Last Name



As hilarious as this misspelling of the Romney last name may look, the photo is actually edited.


#28 Photo Of The Space Shuttle



This photo of a space shuttle rising out of the clouds is photoshopped – but you have to agree that even the original looks pretty cool.


#29 Einstein Riding A Bicycle As A-Bomb Explodes



Another fake photo debunked – Albert Einstein was not happily riding his bicycle in front of a mushroom cloud.


#30 A Photo Of A Tourist Taken Moments Before 9/11



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