Recently, the term 'Fake news' has become really popular, but with today's photo editing tools, even those of us with the most observant eyes may easily be fooled. From the viral rice wave to the famous photo of the first dab in history, how many of these photos do you believed to be 100% real? This list compiled by Bored Panda will show you the reality and sometimes the ugly truth behind Internet-famous photos so prepare yourself for some eye-opening shots that will prove once again - you can't trust everything you see online.

#1

Behind The Scenes Photo Of MGM Intro

Behind The Scenes Photo Of MGM Intro

A photo of a lion strapped onto a machine in order to make the iconic MGM intro of a lion roaring is actually a photo of a lion being diagnosed at the vet's office. Luckily, the lion made a wonderful recovery and is now completely healthy. Also, an interesting fact is that there have been 7 lions that were used to create the MGM intro, the current one, who's name is Leo, has appeared in most of the movies since 1957.

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

"Why am I here?" "You're going to have a CAT scan." "Don't try to be funny, or I'll eat your face."

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#2

The Mustache Wasn't Enough, They Had To Add Those Angry Eyebrows

 The Mustache Wasn't Enough, They Had To Add Those Angry Eyebrows

The internet just loves animals, especially if they look weird or cute, or both at the same time. So there is no surprise that a photo of a cat with adorable mustache and eyebrows would go viral. Well, there is a silver lining to this story, the cat does in fact have that incredible mustache, but the eyebrows are a result of clever photo manipulation.

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

That cat is called Basil. I don't care if I'm proven wrong, it looks like a Basil, so it's now to be called Basil.

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#3

A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave

A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave

One of the recent viral sensations was the 'fried rice meme' that showed a man making an incredible rice wave in his pan. The image quickly received a lot of attention online and people from all around the world started to send in their own photoshopped images of the rice wave. Unfortunately, the photo itself is already fake since the rice wave is a sculpture that is sold in a fake food shop in Tokyo.

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

"What kind of art are kids into these days?" "I was thinking about making a sculpture of a large wave of rice." "Great idea! Get on it as soon as possible! We are Japanese, and this is typical behaviour for us!"

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#4

Astronaut Smoking Marijuana In Space

Astronaut Smoking Marijuana In Space

It's safe to say that Chris Hadfield is one of the most beloved Astronauts there is. His incredible vlogs from space answered so many questions about life in zero gravity, from cleaning your teeth to sleeping, everything is different in space. Although this form of vlogging is very one-of-a-kind, you shouldn't think that this incredible guy would use any type of drugs while literally flying in space. Chris was actually just trying to surprise his co-workers with some Easter eggs!

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Grumble O'Pug 9 months ago

Chris RULES!!!

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#5

Magical Castle

Magical Castle

This magical castle that probably most of us would love to visit or even stay in is unfortunately a combination of a photo of a rock in Thailand and a castle in Germany.

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Withnail 9 months ago

Well, this one is kinda obvious, tbh.

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#6

Not-So-Planned College Name Sign

Not-So-Planned College Name Sign

Some time ago this famous image was an absolute representation of internet humor, the ironic mistake was something that people constantly shared online. Unfortunately, the photo was photoshopped so well, it wasn't so easy to understand it was actually fake.

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spirit wolf 9 months ago

But does anyone else notice the figure inside the glass wall in the actual picture?

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#7

Dangerous Pilot Selfie

Dangerous Pilot Selfie

This iconic selfie of a pilot photographing himself in the air was actually a photo of him when he was safely landed, but it's important to mention, that even on the land, it's a pretty cool selfie!

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

If you fell for this one, you deserve to be sucked out of a plane cockpit, and into a jet engine.

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#8

A Kid Sleeping Near His Deceased Parents' Graves In Syria

 A Kid Sleeping Near His Deceased Parents' Graves In Syria

A photo of a kid sleeping near his deceased parents' grave in Syria turned out to be completely staged since the kid knew the photographer and the graves did not belong to his parents. Although this type of photography is still completely heartbreaking it proves once again you can't trust everything you see online.

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Kjorn 9 months ago (edited)

journalism was once a respectable profession… so many use it to push their agenda and they point of view instead of bring the news

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#9

Frozen Venice

Frozen Venice

Venice is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit around the world so there is no need to photoshop a photo of frozen Lake Baikal in Russia to make the place look even more stunning.

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Lotte 9 months ago

That photoshop job tho

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#10

Perfect Lenticular Clouds

Perfect Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular clouds are already pretty cool as they are, and there is no need for excessive photoshop to make them look better. Unfortunately, the author of the photoshopped version didn't really think that way. Well, we guess the whole internet didn't think that way, since the fake photo became a desktop of choice for many people.

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elfin 9 months ago

The real one has better balance and more elegance.

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#11

Woman Squatting Like A Frog

Woman Squatting Like A Frog

One of the most recent viral sensations was a woman weirdly squatting on a tiny shelf. Turns out she only lifted one leg, which, to be honest, is still kinda weird.

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Lotte 9 months ago

still like what is she doing??

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#12

Unique Black Lion

Unique Black Lion

If we could make a list of the internet's most beloved topics, weird animals would definitely have their place in the top 10. It seems that finding weird and unique species is something everyone thrives in, and although it is a cool thing to come across a unique animal, there is no need to create one with photoshop, or if you're doing so, please do not try to trick people into thinking it actually exists.

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

Wakanda forever! Oh wait, did you say "Black lion"? My bad.

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#13

Moon Perfectly Fitting On A Skyscraper

Moon Perfectly Fitting On A Skyscraper

There's is a weird obsession with moons in viral photos, it seems that if you really want to have a popular photo, just add a moon in the most unrealistic place and there you have it. That's exactly what happened with this photo taken by Mo Aoun.


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Daria B 9 months ago

That's still a well captured moon, though.

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#14

#10yearschallenge Against Deforestation

#10yearschallenge Against Deforestation

Recently the hashtag #10yearchallenge went viral with people from all around the world sharing their changes throughout the years. Some people decided to use the hashtag to warn people about the terrible impact we are having on this earth. One of the biggest environmental problems in 21st century is deforestation, and that's exactly what people tried to warn us about. Unfortunately, the image that was used to spread the message was fake - the before and after photos of a rainforest cut down completely was actually the same photo.

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

The photo may be fake, but the problem is real. Just like the Kardashians.

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#15

Bear Chasing A Cycler

Bear Chasing A Cycler

Even though a photo of a bear chasing a cyclist will have a far bigger effect on you than a photo of a bear running through an empty street, luckily, nobody was harmed in the making of this photo. Although there's not much information about the original photo, it is believed the photo was taken Yellowstone National Park.

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Kjorn 9 months ago

i think the bear could've reach the cycler. bear can run pretty fast

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#16

A Photo Of Marilyn Monroe And Elizabeth Taylor

A Photo Of Marilyn Monroe And Elizabeth Taylor

Oh how cool would it be to have two beauty icons chilling in one photo. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Taylor was photoshopped into a picture of Marilyn Monroe. In fact, this is not the first time Marilyn Monroe's photos were photoshopped to seem that she is spending time with iconic celebrities such as Elvis Presley, James Dean, and even John F. Kennedy.

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yikes 9 months ago

woah it looks so real.

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#17

First Dab In The History

First Dab In The History

Although all of us would hope that the first dab was captured back in the 20th century, meaning this iconic movement will never age, unfortunately, this photo is actually a behind-the-scenes photo from the movie Dunkirk, shot in 2017.

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Frankenfrog 9 months ago

The dab is in top 5 of absolutely retarded idiotic things the human race has invented

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#18

Photo Of The Space Shuttle

Photo Of The Space Shuttle

A magnificent photo of a space shuttle once again fooled many people and it quickly became a popular image to share online. What bothered many people is the need to even photoshop the image since the original one is already really cool as it is.

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

How can anyone fall for that? For starters, it's not breaking the clouds, and second, anything in the shuttle's airspace would cause the launch to be abandoned, even if it was as small as a drone.

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#19

Picture Of A Dwarf Giraffe

Picture Of A Dwarf Giraffe

A photo of a giraffe with dwarfism has been used online multiple times, although giraffes, like other animals, can have dwarfism, this photo is actually fake.

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

Damn. I wanted a horse giraffe.

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#20

Bear Chasing National Geographic Photographers

Bear Chasing National Geographic Photographers

A photo showing a bear chasing a group of National Geographic photographers would send shivers down anyone's spine. Just imagining being in such a dangerous situation is terrifying. But since we have already proved there's no point in believing everything you see online, you can stop feeling bad about these photographer,s since the bear in the photo is actually captured in a stock photo that can be easily found online.

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Withnail 9 months ago (edited)

The guy on the left gives it away with his smile. They were in Colorado for a film that was never produced and thought it would be funny to send a prank photo to their friends and families. Full story here: https://gizmodo.com/behind-the-scenes-of-behind-the-scenes-at-national-geo-1679697812

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#21

Giant Skeleton Found

Giant Skeleton Found

The internet is filled with photoshopped images of archaeologists finding huge skeletons that might belong to giants. If this was the reality, a new chapter in history would be open and we could consider some myths to be true. Unfortunately, no science or history museum has ever accepted these findings for one simple reason: the photos that show these skeletons are completely fake.

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Alia G. 9 months ago

I'm honestly impressed by the photo shop on these though. They look really realistic.

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#22

An Island That Looks Like A Star

An Island That Looks Like A Star

Photos like this will definitely in spark you a great desire to travel. Imagine yourself sipping on a delicious cocktail while chilling on an island in the middle of the ocean that is a shape of a star. Well, unfortunately, such an island doesn't exist, but what you can do is visit the moon-shaped island Molokini, located between the islands of Maui and Kahoolawein Hawaii.

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OI Loi 9 months ago

It still nice to have an island shaped like the moon

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#23

Cow Chilling On A Car

Cow Chilling On A Car

The internet is full of photoshopped pictures that just don't make any sense and somehow we still manage to believe them. One of those fake viral photos was a picture of a cow chilling on a BMW. Well turns out, no car was damaged in the making of this photo since the cow was chilling on the grass like it was supposed to.

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glowworm2 9 months ago

I'll honestly admit, that I believed this one was real.

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#24

Photo Of India

Photo Of India

A magical photo of India during the Hindu festival is actually a composite of satellite images shaded different colors. 

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Person2638 9 months ago

Still beautiful.

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#25

Einstein Riding A Bicycle As A-Bomb Explodes

Einstein Riding A Bicycle As A-Bomb Explodes

This photo of an explosion was actually taken 7 years after Einstein's death, so even if cool guys don't look at explosions, this was definitely not the case.

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Ryo Bakura 9 months ago

And Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

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#26

Paris Hilton's Offensive T-Shirt

Paris Hilton's Offensive T-Shirt

The famous celebrity Paris Hilton is mostly known for spending a huge amount of money on things none of us could possibly afford. Even though this person doesn't have any problem with publicly showing her inherited money, she's definitely not that ignorant to wear a t-shirt that calls other people poor. She just calls them... desperate. Well, it's better than poor. Right?

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Just a Purpler 9 months ago

Ok but am I the only one annoyed at how low her skirt is? Like I just feel like that would be uncomfortable and I keep getting the urge to pull up my own pants XD

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#27

Turtle Mountain

Turtle Mountain

This would be an amazing mountain to visit, but if it actually existed, there is a great chance you would know more about it and more people would visit it. Also, there would be a far greater amount of photos from this location. So, when somebody went to that location and actually captured the mountain, it was no surprise that the "Turtle Mountain" is actually just the simple, yet beautiful ""Pilot Mountain" in North Carolina.

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Parmeisan 9 months ago

The Swamp of Sadness from the Never-ending Story!

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#28

Romney Family Misspelling Their Last Name

Romney Family Misspelling Their Last Name

There is always a lot of controversy and fake news during the elections, especially in a country as big as the USA. So, there is no surprise that back when Mitt Romney was running for president, people were trying their best to ruin his campaign. One piece of fake news that surfed the media was a fake photo of Romney's spelling the word 'Money' instead of his last name 'Romney'.

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Mikinna 9 months ago

Idc what your political stance is, you shouldn't go after the poor kids...they aren't doing anything wrong. It's just low to go after them.

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#29

Viral Photo Of A Pooping Cheerleader

Viral Photo Of A Pooping Cheerleader

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Katinka Min 9 months ago

You can ruin somone's life with that sort of thing. I actually saw and believed it and felt deeply sorry for the girl. Imagine this really happening and the whole world laughing about it. And, now, she has to run around explaining that this did NOT happen.

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#30

A Photo Of A Tourist Taken Moments Before 9/11

A Photo Of A Tourist Taken Moments Before 9/11

The horrible 9/11 story still remains a mystery for the most part, various conspiracy theories surf the Internet without anyone giving the real answers. So, there's no doubt that when a photo taken just a moment before the tragedy happened was posted online, people quickly started sharing it. Well, luckily the man in the photo did not witness the tragedy take place. That's probably the only good thing there is to say about this awful event.

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Freya the Wanderer 9 months ago

This picture was featured on Snopes: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/tourist-wtc-911/ People had a field day lampooning it, substituting everything from Snoopy on his flying doghouse to the USS Enterprise (as in Star Trek) for the plane.

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