We debunked dozens of fake photos this year, covering everything from Charles Manson’s baby photos to John Lennon’s skateboarding skills, and everything in between. It was another busy year for anyone spreading fake images on the internet.
Below, we have photos that you may have seen floating around the internet. Some are deliberate photoshops created by people who want to deceive. Others are just images that got mixed up in this big, weird game of Telephone we call the internet.
If you get to the bottom of the list and you’re hungry for even more fakes, check out last year’s round-up.
1. Unfortunately, You Can’t Buy This Baby Dog Costume…Yet
The disturbing advertisement above gained a lot of attention when it first began getting shared thousands of time across various social media platforms a couple of years ago. Most probably just assumed this was another strange product for a crazy dog lover, and it’s hard to blame them. The post is incredibly detailed and even included several reviews that gave descriptions of the product as well as star ratings. In reality, the photograph is completely fake as the actual costume doesn’t exist. The true origin of the advertisement remains unknown, but many believe that it was the result of Adult Swim. The image of the dog wearing the costume looks real, but you can soon realize that it’s probably a doctored up image in order to make it look hilarious and absurd. Even if it were real, however, we’re sure there’d be someone ready to buy it.
2. This Cult At A Wedding Was Just Another Art Piece
The photograph above has probably popped up on every mysterious pictures list in existence. The photograph is actually real and not Photoshopped in any way, shape, or form. It’s certainly not what most people had originally thought, however. The photograph set on the left shows a wedding in progress, while zoomed in behind the scenes, you can see darkly cloaked figures hiding in a different section of the building. For a while, many people thought that this was evidence of a creepy cult caught on camera. In reality, however, it’s just an art installation set up in a different part of the building. It’s a relief knowing that it’s not actually what we believed to be at first; however, it seems silly that no one at the wedding or who saw the pictures knew that this creepy exhibit was just around the corner.
3. Grasshoppers Have Never Been This Big
The picture above went around for a while with claims that grasshoppers used to be so large in the early to mid-1900s that some people actually needed to hunt them using shotguns! This one is pretty hard to believe is real; however, plenty of people actually bought it! Don’t you think if it were real we’d have much more evidence of such massive creatures than just this one photograph? We have entire skeletons of dinosaurs that existed millions of years ago; however, we can’t get our hands on some giant grasshoppers or other big-sized bugs? If you put something on the internet, however, at some point, there’s a good chance that someone will believe that it’s real. It’s really not that hard to convince a stranger over the internet. People have always and will always believe in the most absurd things.
4. This Horse-Labeled Horse Was For A Photoshop Contest
This photograph surfaced claiming to have captured a horse with the word “horse” actually in his coat! It’s certainly a convincing photo and would be quite shocking if it were real. The reality is, however, that this photograph was created for a Photoshop contest. With the incredible detail of the pattern, it’s no surprise that this was one of the top contenders! The fact that it’s been passed off so many times as the real deal is evidence enough that whoever created it no doubt has immense talent and deserved to win the title! It wouldn’t be too surprising to find out something like this existed in real life. We find strange patterns in our pets’ designs all the time. However, having the entire word “horse” written out on an actual horse would be pretty wild. Maybe we’d have an easier time believing it if it were written on a different animal.
5. “First Women To Wear Shorts Cause Accident” Is Staged
There was a time recently when the photograph above was shared over and over again with a pretty strange and funny story along with it. The claims made about the photograph were that the girls in the picture were the first two women to ever wear shorts. These women shocked and startled people, so much so that one man crashed after seeing the ladies. The reality behind this picture is that it was completely staged. The idea of women wearing shorts and having it be controversial was a reality for our society at one point in history. However, most of the evidence that the photograph is real doesn’t exist. The car appears to have absolutely no damage, and the man staring out the window totally looks like an actor. In a time when cars weren’t built so safely, he definitely would’ve been in more trouble than what he appears to be in the picture.
6. Alan Rickman Never Said This; He Never Even Read The Books!
Alan Rickman was an incredibly talented actor that we unfortunately lost last year. He has had countless roles, but for many of the social media savvy people in the world, they knew him best for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies. The quote in the picture goes on to say how Alan Rickman loved the series and how he was always going to read it to his grandchildren. Alan Rickman never actually said this. There is no record of him saying it in any interview or to just anyone in real life. The reality is that he stated he never actually read the books! Some actors who play adaptations in movies refrain from reading the books so as to stay close to the on-screen character written. Many fans loved that he said this, but sorry to tell you, he definitely did not.