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15 Deceptive Photos That Fooled the Universe

Scientists say that people are really bad at spotting fake photos. And it is no wonder, since there is so much content flying around and confusing us. With each day it gets harder and harder to find the blurred line between fiction and reality. If you believe that you are a pro in this field and no one is able to fool you — let’s find it out and confirm or belie the scientists’ claim.

Bright Side is going to reveal 15 fake photos (as well as a bonus with a misleading caption) that made the whole world believe in their reality. And your task is to be honest and count how many times you were one of those naive people.

15. A pilot who took a mid-flight selfie.

This photo could undoubtedly be awarded the title of “the best selfie ever made.” And despite logic and knowledge people actually believed it. We could mention some facts about plane speed or decompression, but who needs this if the pilot left a clear note on the picture himself.

14. When all you need is a piece of motivation.

Some people wondered if this story had a happy ending. It did, as there was no bicyclist at all. The photo was taken at Yellowstone National Park by photographer Adnois Arias.

13. A giant dog that weights over 450 pounds

Can you imagine living with a dog whose weight was about 450 pounds? If not, you can check the Instagram of Chris Cline who shares the details of his life with his unusual pet. We believe you are going to have a good time looking at their photos. But you should know that they are totally fake, and Chris doesn’t actually even try to hide this fact.

12. Penguins were spotted in New York.

Well, yes, the polar vortex brought some difficult times to New York this winter, but it was not so cold that it would make penguins move to this city from Antarctica. This photo is an art work by Robert Jahns who constantly transforms the real world into a dreamy place.

11. People are looking for the forgotten temple of Lysistrata in Portugal.

And they will never find it. The photo of the forgotten temple hidden in a secret place combines the interior of Pantheon in Rome with the Benagil Cave in Portugal.

10. Is there Buddha at Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery?

It seems that Buddha is not the only thing that was invented. There is no Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery in China either. The photo shows a pillar located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China. If you watched Avatar you probably notice the resemblance to some the landscapes, since the movie creators were inspired by this place.

9. A frozen Venice that will not make you cold

Frozen Venice is another work of by digital artist Robert Jahns (mentioned above). To create this photo he combined a photo of Lake Baikal and a stock photo. We believe a lot of people would like to see this Venice in real life.

8. An angry cat you don’t want to mess with.

Although this cat does not have these thick eyebrows, he does have a mustache. And it makes him lovely and curious, not angry. You can check out his other photos here, but we are obliged to warn you that they might break your cute-o-meter.

7. “A friend posted this pic of last night’s storm in Sydney.”

We have to admit that this pic looks really terrifying and we were ready to believe it. But there is one comment that ruins the hoax. Further investigation showed that the original photo was taken by Rudi Balasko. And the weather seemed much more quiet in his version.

6. The moon is melting into a waterfall.

Here is another photo proving that we shouldn’t believe everything we see on the internet. This picture went viral under the following comment, “This is a full moon descending on Angel Falls. For a few days each year, it appears as though the moon is draining through the waterfall.” The truth is that there are no days at all when you can observe this phenomenon.

5. “An elephant showed up wanting to help this lioness.”

A surprising message was shared by the Kruger National Park account on Twitter. “We were following a lioness carrying her cub & she was getting really tired. The elephant put its trunk down, the cub jumped up & the elephant carried the lion cub!” The picture was retweeted more than 100,000 times, but it was an April Fools’ Day joke.

4. " I think this is the power behind aerial photography."

This photographer shared his photo he took using a drone. He noted that sometimes it is not possible to see the true beauty of something until you see it from another perspective. But some people started to doubt if the plane could end up in such a weird position and found out that there is an abandoned plane in Bali, but it is not surrounded by trees.

3. This frozen river looks like the Scream mask.

We think that it would be pretty scary to see this landscape in real life. Someone could even consider this a sign. But there is no reason to be frightened since the original pic is peaceful. It was taken in Siberia, Russia.

2. “8 Rainbows! Quite the Phenomenon... Seen in Lehigh Valley.”

This really would be quite the phenomenon. One, because it’s not possible for rainbows to curve in different directions. But the real photo is still impressive though.

1. “Who would you slide with?”

We would slide with this Photoshop pro if the ride gave us the same skills. The real photo was taken from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. Currently it is the tallest skyscraper in the world.

Bonus: Time magazine’s definition of a perfect body, 1955

Time magazine did not issue this cover in 1955. And the reason is simple, the model who is claimed to have this perfect body wasn’t born until 1977.

So, let’s find out the results of our little contest. Tell us how many photos you were fooled by?

Preview photo credit elLOBOrojo / Imgur