8 Sensational Photos and Videos That Turned Out to Be Fake
People upload thousands of photos and videos on the internet each day, and internet users like and share the most interesting ones. But sometimes some of these viral shots turn out to be hoaxes that just totally fool everyone. Have a look at the giraffe with short legs and a short neck! How could we believe it was real?
Bright Side has debunked some sensational myths that amazed internet users all over the world.
8. An unusual giraffe with short legs and a short neck.
Thanks to their long necks and legs, giraffes can be almost 19 ft high. Apparently, that’s the reason this photo became viral. Some posts even claim that “the animal suffers from dwarfism” or that “it’s an obese baby giraffe.” In fact, the photo was created in 2010 for a Photoshop contest in the category of “Compact Animals” for the website Pxleyes.com.
The original image was taken by Emmanuel Wiedenhoff at the Paris Zoo in 2004.
7. An abandoned Boeing 727
Yes, this image looks impressive, but it’s fake. Photographer Demas Rusli posted it on his Instagram in August 2018. Later, he admitted that the pic was photoshopped, and the plane was located in a fenced area in Bali, but not in the forest. Its registration number informs us that it’s a 35-year-old Boeing 737-200 that had been used by Mandаla Airlines until 2008.
You can find this aircraft on Google Maps and you’ll see that there are no trees there. By the way, the upper part of the forest is an inverted mirror image of the lower part. We circled a few of the identical parts of the forest.
You can also watch the video about this aircraft on YouTube.
6. The Madagascar Red Owl
The internet was charmed by the amazing color of this owl. People claimed it was a Madagascar Red Owl. But it turned out that the picture was photoshopped, and the original image of the owl belongs to Brian Santos, a photographer from Philippines. By the way, it’s the Scops Owl.
5. A spiral cloud at sunset
We think you’ve probably seen the photo of this big spiral cloud. In October 2016, Turkish photographer Ilkgul Menzil posted it on her Facebook and Instagram. The capture says, “Stormy Sunset on Fethiye.” In Spring 2017, the author, inspired by the impressed comments, created an animated photo.
We have to mention that Ilkgul Menzil uses different editing tools to create magnificent images: have a look at her other works to make sure we’re right. What’s more, she doesn’t mention exactly where this or that photo was taken. So this picture is 100% fake.
4. An elephant carrying a lion cub nestled in its trunk
In April 2018, Kruger National Park posted a picture of a lioness and an elephant carrying a baby lion on Twitter. The photo had a caption that said, “We were following a lioness carrying her cub, and she was getting really tired. An elephant showed up wanting to help the lioness. The elephant put its trunk down, the cub jumped up, and the elephant carried the lion cub!” In just a few days, more than 300,000 people liked it. The image turned out to be fake: it was a collage made from different photos.
3. A lemon-pomegranate hybrid
A video claiming that a person managed to grow a lemon-pomegranate hybrid became really sensational. The author put the seeds of these fruits in a capsule and planted it. 200 days later, a hybrid that you can see in the picture above had grown.
Though the video looks convincing, it’s fake since creating a hybrid is a long and difficult process that can take you several years or even decades. For example, it took biologist Floyd Zaiger around 20 years to introduce a pluot, a plum-apricot hybrid, to the world.
2. A small snake in a bottle of milk
In August 2018, a man posted a photo of a milk bottle with something resembling a snake inside. The caption says, “I just bought a gallon of milk and when I got home, I realized something wasn’t right with it.” The picture looks realistic, but in fact, it was created for a photo contest held in 2006. According to the rules, the photo of a product was to be photoshopped in a way that didn’t look natural.
1. A video depicting a walking humanoid robot
In August 2018, the video of a walking humanoid robot was posted. Many people believed it was a real robot and some of them even claimed it was “a terrorist cyborg like the Terminator.” In fact, the robot was created with the help of computer technology for a series of short videos directed by Neill Blomkamp. The viral video was created by film director and digital artist Maxim Sullivan. He was the first to upload the video to the internet.
By the way, all users can download this robot and use it in their films, games, and other projects.
Did you believe that any of these photos or videos were real? Were you surprised to realize they were fake?