Fake Images and Videos
Images of Mermaid Body Found on Beach are Fake
Circulating reports feature images of a mermaid body that was supposedly found washed up on a beach.
Published: November 19, 2014
FAKE - Image Showing Giant Cross Crashed Through Adult Store Roof
Viral image supposedly depicts a giant cross crashed through the roof of an 'Adult World' store. Captions that circulate with the image suggest that the depicted incident shows God's wrath against the 'sinful' store.
Published: April 30, 2014
'Eagle Snatching Kid' Viral Video is Fake
A widely-circulated YouTube video appears to show an eagle swooping down and picking up a small child in a park before dropping him a short distance away.
Published: March 21, 2014
Viral Video Showing UFO Emerging From Behind Cloud
A video going viral via social media appears to show a UFO emerging from behind a cloud and then shooting down bolts of blue light. A message that comes with some versions of the video claims that the video is 'being deleted all over the Internet' and asks users to share because the 'truth is happening'.
Published: March 18, 2014
Faux Image - 'Wild Hogfish' or 'Pig-nosed Fish'
Circulating message that features an image of a bizarre looking fish that has a pig-like snout claims that the fish is a new species discovered in Texas creeks and is called the 'Wild Hogfish'. Other variants of the message claim that the 'pig-nosed fish' - or alternatively 'pig fish' - was found in a South African dam or in the American state of Arkansas.
Published: March 13, 2014
Fake Picture: 'Thailand Snake Girl' - Serpentosis Malianorcis
Circulating message, which features an image of a young girl with the lower body of a snake, claims that the Thai youngster suffers from a rare syndrome known as 'Serpentosis Malianorcis'. The message claims that thousands of people gather in front of snake girl Mai Li Fay's Bangkok home every day.
Published: January 13, 2014
Fake - Giant Squid Image
Circulating message featuring an image depicting a massive squid on a beach surrounded by onlookers claims that it is the second giant sea creature washed ashore in recent months.
Published: January 10, 2014
HOAX - Volat-Araneus, The Flying Spider
Circulating 'News' snippet claims that Volat-Araneus, a dangerous species of flying spider, will migrate to the UK this year. The snippet links to a longer report discussing the supposed threat.
Published: March 12, 2014
Chinese Teleportation Road Rescue Video
Circulating video supposedly shows CCTV footage of a man being instantly teleported out of the path of an oncoming truck by a helpful alien, time traveller or angel.
Published: November 11, 2013
Picture of Little Girl Ghost Caught on Deer Cam?
Widely circulated image purportedly shows the ghost of a little girl in a gingham dress captured by a hidden deer cam.
Published: September 26, 2013
Faux Images - Mermaid Skeleton
Message circulating via social media features photographs of what appears to be a mermaid skeleton being excavated by archaeologists.
Published: August 2, 2013
Tim Tams 'May Contain Traces of Human Flesh' Hoax Image
Circulating image depicts a packet of Tim Tams chocolate biscuits featuring the allergy warning "MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF PEANUTS AND HUMAN FLESH".
Published: July 19, 2013
Faux Image � Mounted Police Officer Riding Giant Dog
Circulating image appears to depict a police officer mounted on a giant dog alongside another officer on a horse.
Published: July 9, 2013
Angolan Witch Spider - Giant Spider Hoax
Viral message claims that an attached image depicts a huge "Angolan Witch Spider" photographed on the side of a house in Texas.
Published: March 20, 2013
Faux Image - Double Sunset on Mars
Circulating image is claimed to depict two suns setting over the Martian horizon as taken from the Curiosity Rover.
Published: August 14, 2012
Faux Image - Pilots Protesting Chemtrails
Image circulating via social media and email depicts uniformed pilots marching with picture placards supposedly showing chemtrails.
Published: August 1, 2012
McDonald�s Signboard Supporting Chick-Fil-A
Photo being forwarded on Facebook supposedly shows a McDonald�s restaurant sign with a message expressing support of Chick-fil-A and daring consumers to boycott them.
Published: July 31, 2012
Hoax Picture - Obama Holding Phone Upside Down
Widely circulated image supposedly depicts US President Obama holding a phone handset upside down while posing for a photo opportunity.
Published: July 30, 2012
Hoax - Picture of Sharks Swimming In Flooded Kuwait Scientific Center
Message that features an image of sharks swimming in a flooded lobby at the bottom of escalators claims that the picture was taken after the collapse of the shark tank at the Scientific Center in Kuwait.
Published: 18th June 2012
Black Lion Facebook Hoax
Message circulating rapidly on Facebook asks users to "like" a photograph purportedly depicting an entirely black lion.
Published: 5th June 2012
Fake Three (Or Seven) Headed Snake Image
Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts a three headed (or seven headed) cobra found on a roadway somewhere in India.
Published: 2nd March 2012
Video Of Plane With Failed Landing Gear Landing on a Small Truck
Widely circulated video appears to show a pickup truck "catching" the front of a landing passenger jet with failed landing gear thereby saving the aircraft and its passengers from disaster.
Published: 1st December 2011
Hoax: Picture of Shark Swimming in Flooded Street After Hurricane Irene
Message claims that an attached image depicts a shark swimming down a flooded street in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of August 2011's Hurricane Irene.
Published: 29th August 2011
Exhibit B-5 Viral Video - Girl Gets Hit By Car After Prank Goes Wrong
A viral video apparently depicts a prank turned deadly in which a young woman gets hit and killed by a car as she runs terrified from her house after a friend poses as a masked intruder.
Published: 21st June 2011
Video Showing Man Taken by Killer Whale.
A viral video appears to show a man taken by a killer whale as he walks along a beach.
Published: 19th May 2011
New Fall Hat - Image of President Obama Wearing an Acorn Hat and Smoking
Circulating image supposedly shows US President Obama wearing a hat shaped like an acorn cap while smoking a cigarette.
Published: 7th December 2010
Iceberg Spotted at Cape Town?
Circulating photographs and videos purportedly depict an iceberg floating in the ocean near Cape Town, South Africa.
Published: 2nd November 2010
Floating Rock 'Miracle' - Surprising Rock in Saudi Arabia
Circulating message claims that an attached image shows a miraculous rock in a village in Saudi Arabia that floats above the ground once every year during the month of April.
Published: 13th October 2010
Five Headed Cobra Hoax Images
Circulating images supposedly depict a five-headed cobra found at Kukke Subrahmanya, a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Karnataka.
Published: 5th July 2010
Two Suns - Star Aderoid Hoax
Message claims that the star "Aderoid" will move close to the Earth in June 2010 and will appear as large as the Sun to the naked eye.
Published: 16th June 2010
Image Showing a Kayak in the Mouth of a Whale
Email claims that an attached image depicts a kayak caught in the open mouth of a whale as it surfaces to feed.
Published: May 24, 2010
Liquid Mountaineering Video - Walking on Water
Viral video supposedly shows young men participating in a "new sport" in which they apparently run on water with the aid of special water proof footwear.
Published: 21st May 2010
Russian K-7 Heavy Bomber Images
Circulating message claims that attached images depict a K-7, an exceptionally large aircraft built in Russia during the 1930's.
Published: 4th May 2010
Chewing Gum and Helium Experiment Video
Circulating video supposedly shows young men floating above the ground and jumping safely from a high bridge solely with the aid of a chewing gum bubble filled with helium.
Published: 15th April 2010
Bungee Jumper Loses Head To Crocodile Video
Circulating video supposedly shows a bungee jumper having his head bitten off by a crocodile as he reaches the water
Published: December 2009
Big Slip - Giant Water Slide Jump Video
Viral video supposedly shows a man sliding down a giant water slide at great speed before flying off a ramp at the end of the slide to land in a small round wading pool
Published: August 2009
F-35 Fighter Jet Vertical Take-Off Flip Video
Message claims that an attached video shows an F-35 Fighter Jet flipping upside down during a vertical takeoff mishap and then taking off safely after the highly skilled Navy pilot regained control of the aircraft
Published: June 2009
World's First Flying Hotel - Hotelicopter Hoax
Message claims that attached photographs show a unique flying luxury hotel called the "Hotelicopter" that is soon to begin its first tours.
Published: April 2009
Air Force One Tail Number Hoax
Circulating image shows the tail number of US Presidential aircraft Air Force One as being "N166ER", a combination of letters and numbers that can be read as a racist epithet
Published: March 2009
Two Cranes Tipping Off Pier Photographs
Sequence of photographs supposedly show a large crane truck toppling off a pier as it tries to lift a submerged vehicle and then an even larger crane truck tipping into the water as it attempts to retrieve the first crane truck
Published: August 2008
Making Popcorn With Cell Phones
Several YouTube videos apparently show corn being popped by the radiation from an array of cellphones
Published: June 2008
Horror in Singapore - Raffles Place Ghost Video
Security CCTV footage supposedly shows the ghostly figure of an old lady emerging from behind two men in an office building elevator
Published: May 2008
Airliner Ditching In Surf Video
"Viral" video apparently shows an airliner passing very low over a beach, circling around surrounding buildings and finally ditching in the ocean close to shore
Published: May 2008
Shark Behind Scuba Divers Photo Hoax
Email claims that an attached image showing a large shark very close behind a scuba-diving couple is a real photograph taken during a family holiday in Australia.
Published: August 2007
Images Of Strange Mermaid Found On Beach
Circulating photographs of a strange sea-creature are claimed to depict the body of a mermaid or alien found on a beach.
Published: August 2006
Shark Attacking Helicopter Photograph
Email that includes an image depicting a large shark jumping at a helicopter claims that the photograph was nominated by National Geographic as "The photo of the year".
Published: June 2007
Painted Bathroom Floor Photograph
Email claims an attached photograph shows a bathroom with the floor painted so that it appears to be open to the sky
Published: May 2007
Derbyshire Fairy Hoax
Message claims that photographs show the remains of a fairy found in Derbyshire, England.
Published: 27th April 2007
Townsville Flood Photograph Hoax
Circulating image supposedly depicts severe flooding on The Strand, a seaside street in the northern Australian city of Townsville
Published: February 2007
Image of the North Pole With the Moon at its Closest Point
An image circulating via email and online is claimed to be a photograph of the North Pole that captures the moon at its closest point and shows the sun below the moon.
Published: February 2006
Q33 NY Wingdings Hoax - Elevens and the Wrath of the Eagle
Email claims that entering Q33 NY in the Wingdings font reveals a combination of symbols that reflect the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers. It also claims that a verse in the Quran predicts US involvement in Iraq and that "eleven" is a number with special significance to 9/11
Published: December 2005
Eye Of God Image - Hubble Telescope Email
Eye Of God Image - Hubble Telescope Email
Published: December 2005
Fake Tsunami Photo
Email forward claims that an attached photo depicts the Asian tsunami about to engulf a city
Published: January 2005
Hands of God Email
Email claims that an accompanying image is a photograph of the hands of God in storm clouds.
Published: September 2004
Giant Skeleton Hoax
Emails with attached images supposedly depicting the skeletal remains of gigantic humans claim that the skeletons were unearthed in the Arabian or Indian deserts
Published: July 2004
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