7 Fake Pics the Entire Internet Believed Without Hesitation. But Now We Know the Truth
Because there’s so much information available at our fingertips today, a person’s attention span is a very valuable resource. That being said, the Internet is ready to take serious measures to attract it. Some websites intentionally publish fake news in order to attract our attention and exaggerate what happened in reality. Typically, these posts look quite real and users begin sharing them actively, spreading them across the web at lightning speed.
We at Bright Side ask you to be critical about the information you get online and the sources you get it from. “Trust but verify” is the best course of action when it comes to these 7 fakes that many people actually believed.
In 2017, a guy from Rostov (a city in Russia) posted a photo of a “smiling” Rockefeller widow at her husband’s funeral on his Facebook page. Many users actually believed that the post was real and it collected more than 17,000 shares in just 34 days. The people who left comments under the photo judged the woman in the picture and wrote things like, “Finally,” and “What she had been waiting for, happened.”
But in fact, the photo is actually a shot from the film Jackie with Natalie Portman in the leading role. The author of the post said that he really believed the actress was Rockefeller’s widow. After he was corrected by several people, he realized his mistake and deleted the post. But by that time, it was already so popular that many people still believed it and shared the fake photo.
Here’s another example of a situation when a shot from a movie set was used as a real-life picture. This photo is not one of a police chief, but rather, an Australian actress and model named Pia Miller on the set of Home and Away.
The photo of the young Pope wearing the Black Sabbath t-shirt is just a result of good photo editing. The original picture of the Pope showed him in a regular black robe.
This old lady from Florida is Yolie Ball. She really took these photos for an ad to sell her house but the 86-year-old woman didn’t actually say anything like this. Her 15-year-old granddaughter posted her picture on Twitter and the post went viral even though it had a lot of fake details about it.
This cute piece of news is lacking one important detail: It’s not actually the first photo but probably one of the first ones. The exact date the photo was taken is unknown. The only thing we do know is that it was taken somewhere between 1880 and 1890. And the first cats captured on camera are the 3 cats of Harry Pointer. He took these photos in his photo studio at Bloomsberry Place before 1880.
Disney has not announced any remake like this. And the picture in the tweet is the work of artist Boris Kiselicki who has no link to the film studio at all. The most interesting thing about this is that he drew this Stitch several years before the fake announcement even appeared.
“Eat your heart out, Rembrandt.”
The photo where children are playing with their smartphones in front of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch made a lot of people angry on the Internet. The people who left comments complained about the Internet generation and called this photo “the metaphor of our era”.
“FYI: the kids were using their iPhones as part of the tour of the museum — a special app.”
Believe it or not, the museum guide told the children to take their smartphones out. The Rijksmuseum in The Netherlands where the painting is displayed invites viewers to use a special mobile app that contains additional information about every work in the exhibition and some mini-lectures. So the children were actually reading more information about the painting.
The children weren’t ignoring the exhibition. Above, you can see the photo of the group that was taken at a different moment during the tour: the children are sitting on the carpet attentively looking at the painting.
Have you seen these fakes in your feeds? What other fake photos have you come across online?
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