24 Fake Photos That Went Viral

Thanks to some talented people and an image editing program called Photoshop, there are a ton of fake viral images out there. Here are some of the most popular ones that just won’t go away from our Facebook feeds.

1. Moonmelon

Claiming to be an expensive type of watermelon grown in Japan, unfortunately no such thing exists.
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2. Purple Trees of Fairy Pools, Scotland

These trees are neither purple nor Scottish. This is actually just a photoshopped picture of Shotover River in New Zealand.
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3. Baby polar bear

Although it looks real, this famously circulated photograph is actually just a stuffed animal from Etsy.
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4. Baby fennec hare

It’s actually a Photoshopped kitten that was originally posted as an April Fool’s joke.
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5. Mystical tree

Claimed to be some sort of mystical tree in Africa it’s actually a fake tree found in Disney World, Florida.
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6. Fetus foot

Another Photoshop classic.
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7. Irish castle mountain

It seems to make the rounds every few years but it is really a German castle pasted over a rocky island in Thailand.
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8. Oil rig storm

While the oil rig was added in later, the water spout and lightning part is actually real. It was taken by Fred Smith in Florida on June 15, 1991.
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9. Rainbow Owl

Claimed to be some sort of rare wonder inhabiting the forests of China and the United States this is actually an extremely photoshopped picture of a regular barred owl.
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10. Earth, Mercury, and Venus from Mars

As cool as it would be this photo was generated from a piece of planetarium software.
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11. Collapsed shark tank in Kuwait

No, there were no sharks swimming circles around the bottom of an escalator on Kuwait. This is a photoshopped image of Toronto’s Union Station.
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12. Romney or R-Money?

Although it would be a sweet nickname, it seems that Photoshop has begun to play an active role in politics because in reality the shirts were arranged correctly.
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13. Statue of Liberty in Hurricane Sandy

This is yet another supercell thunderstorm that was superimposed over the Statue of Liberty.
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14. George W. Bush reading upside down

As funny as it may be, it’s still just Photoshop doing what it does.
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15. The Derbyshire Fairy

This one wasn’t even Photoshop. Intended to be an April Fool’s Day joke, Dan Baines of Derbyshire, England made this fiary prop to sell on eBay. Even after he was forced to admit it was fake, he had fairy believers calling him angrily for covering up the truth.
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16. Shark vs. helicopter

It may be obvious to most of you, but you live in a world where many people believed this picture was real.
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17. The date from Back To The Future

It seems people just don’t stop falling for this hoax. Every few years someone comes out with a new image. The actual date in the movie is October 21, 2015.
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18. Peter Griffin

While the photos is real, the person’s name is actually Justin Blair Spaeth.
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19. World’s largest dog

Although the world’s biggest, tallest, and heaviest dogs are certainly worth a google search, this guy (“Hercules”) is not on the list.
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20. Hurricane Isaac

Retweeted thousands of times, meteorologist Josh Linker said of the ominous image, “It is a Photoshopped picture of a supercell thunderstorm that seems to pop up with a new foreground every time there is a hurricane threat anywhere.”
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21. 9/11 tourist photo

Possibly one of the most famous hoax photos ever taken, it was at first believed that this photo was retrieved from a camera at Ground Zero and only later did people realize it was a fake.
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22. Kids on computers during a flood

In 2012 after serious flooding in the Philippines these photos circulated of kids playing on the computer. As many people pointed out, the reflections don’t add up.
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23. Indian Ocean Tsunami

One of many photos that circulated after the tsunami that struck Indian Ocean shorelines in 2004 this was actually a picture of Antofagasta, Chile with waves photoshopped in.
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24. Air France Flight 447

It was alleged to be a photo taken just before Air France flight 447 crashed to the Earth but in reality it was just a still from the TV series “Lost”.
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25. We built it

Supposedly taken during the republican convention in 2012 the debt clock was actually on the other side of the arena.
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