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  • Surprise, Surprise! Four Headed Snake Picture is ‘Photoshopped’
    This rather compelling picture depicting a four headed, two bodied snake is currently slithering its way around the interwebs.
    Published: February 11, 2016

  • Circulating ‘Gate of Heaven’ Image is Digital Artwork Not a Photo Taken From Hubble
    A rather compelling star scene image that is circulating via social media and the blogosphere has been dubbed by some as the ‘Gate of Heaven’. Others claim that the image depicts ‘cosmic ice sculptures’ in the Carina Nebula.
    Published: February 1, 2016

  • Fake Islamic 'America We Will Kill You All' Sign Image Spreading Hate
    This would-be protest message, which is circulating rapidly via social media and email, features a photograph that supposedly depicts a sign near Dearborn, Michigan that threatens American people with death in the name of Allah.
    Published: August 21, 2015

  • Giant Girl with Teacher Image
    This image, which circulates via social media and email, and has also been posted to numerous blogs and forums, depicts an amazingly tall young lass standing beside an older man usually identified as her teacher.
    Published: June 2, 2015

  • 'Cloud Monster' Image
    A rather eerie image that supposedly depicts a strange 'cloud monster ' hovering above hills beside a highway is currently circulating the Internet.
    Published: May 14, 2015

  • Cheeseburger Oreos Anyone?
    An image currently circulating via social media has some hard-core Oreos fan salivating with excitement while others shudder with revulsion (not really).
    Published: May 14, 2015

  • Fried Chicken Oreos Image is a Hoax
    Image circulating rapidly via social media appears to depict packaging for limited edition Fried Chicken Oreos.
    Published: December 3, 2014

  • Circulating Picture of Ferguson Protest Sign is Faked
    circulated image depicts a protester in the troubled city of Ferguson holding up a sign that reads 'No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store'.
    Published: December 3, 2014

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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