We live in a world of knowledge. Anything we want to know is literally right at our fingertips 24/7. However, you can definitely have too much of a good thing. With the invention of the world wide web, it connects people from around the globe and gives them a platform to share whatever is on their mind. This means you aren’t always going to get accurate information on the internet when basically anyone can post on there. Then, there are sites that purposefully try to spew out stories that aren’t real just for the clickbait. Over the years, there seems to be a multitude of stories that continually get circulated before dying out only to be twisted and brought back to life, yet again. From photos to videos, there seems to be nothing out there that can’t be faked or edited. If it seems too crazy to be real or too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Take everything you read on the internet with a grain of salt. People are duped much too easily and some even end up destroying their phones or shaving their heads (you will see what I mean.) Before you make any crazy decisions based on internet reading make sure your sources are credible.
15 My Uncle is a Murderer
Back in 2012 a woman posted a blog online in which she wrote that she had received an old trunk full of items from her family’s history. In the trunk she also discovered a secret compartment that was filled with letters from her uncle along with article clippings about four women that had been murdered in New York. The woman talks about how she believes her uncle might have had something to do with the murdered women. After a little research, it was discovered that the rising story was actually a hoax created by George Mason University. A professor had actually started a class that explored historical hoaxes. The professor’s aim was to teach students how to identify falsehoods and decipher between real and fake content. Part of his teaching method was to have students create their own fake historical scenarios online and forge documents, photos and other items to try to make the story seem more real.
14 Spiders That Run 30 mph
In the early 2000s, attention was brought to camel spiders in the middle east, and their crazy abilities. It made people terrified of these giants spiders and made them feel worse for the American soldiers that had to put up with them while battling in war zones. It was said that they could run 30 mph and even scream! They can grow up to the size of a dinner plate, jump four feet in the air and even eat the stomachs out of camels. However, this super spider was blown way out of proportion. They do not grow to be as a big as a dinner plate, and they can only run about 10 mph. While still very big and pretty scary, they are not as epic as what was described online. They do prefer to stay out of the light and will try to hide in people’s shadows. When people walk the spider will run along the person trying to remain in the shadow.
13 World's Worst Tipper
As expected, the internet has been an amazing place to air grievances, call people out, and basically share any kind of ugliness you want. So when a photo began circulating on the internet of a bill from the Newport Beach Restaurant, people were disgusted to see that the banker customer left a measly one percent tip. Then, adding insult to injury, they also wrote “Get a real job” on the receipt. Obviously, this had a lot of people in an uproar. The photo originated from someone that claimed to be an employee of a corporate office for a major bank and had their own blog called Future Ex-Banker which is no longer online. Shortly after this whirlwind, the restaurant did a little digging and found that the photo did not match the restaurant’s copies. It turned out this outrageous dig wasn’t real. It was just another photoshop hoax that the internet made us all believe. The real bill was $33.54, and the customer left a $7 tip.
12 Exploding Cookie Dough
Did you hear about the woman that tried to steal a tube of cookie dough? Stop me if you have already heard this one....Apparently, an illegitimate website made to look like a site for a TV Station reported that a woman in North Carolina had gone into the store and tried to steal an entire tube of cookie dough by, well, hiding it in her private area. If that isn’t bizarre and ridiculous enough, the site said that the tube of cookie dough exploded. This story was shared all over the internet and social media despite the fact that it had a lot of the same elements of a fake story that took the internet by storm in 2010 about a can of biscuits that exploded. So before you hit that share button or go spouting off about what you saw on the internet, take some time and do a little research about the sites where you read your “news”.
11 Onion Charger
A while back, a lot of people found themselves frustrated when a website with household tips told people they could charge an iPod with just an onion and a glass of Gatorade. The site, which was mostly parody, even produced a video for their viewers. While the video sounded as if there was real science behind the idea, none of it was in fact real. Yet, people still watched the video and tried to charge their iPods with an onion. Eventually, Mythbusters proved it was a hoax. The thing about the internet is that it is a great place for really smart people and pretty much a bad idea for the easily duped. There will always be those people in the world looking to scam, trick or just outright embarrass those that aren’t as smart. Use a little common sense when online. The internet is a place you can’t take anything at face value.
10 Naughty Pics Revealed
Emma Watson made a speech at the United Nations about women’s rights with tones of feminism that seemed to anger some internet trolls. Not long after the speech, it began to circulate online that a source was planning to release nude photos of the actress as a kind of revenge for her actions in standing up for women. The mysterious source claimed to have hacked Emma and stole provocative photos of the young woman. It was said that the photos were posted on the darknet as well as the site 4Chan. The accusations were ridiculous and disgusting, but they didn’t seem to deter Ms. Watson, and she fought back. Her legal team set the record straight saying there were photos from a clothing shoot that had been stolen, but none of them featured Emma in the nude. It was just another internet troll trying to drum up attention and hurt the career of a young star for no real good reason.
9 Balloon Boy
In 2009, a crazy couple in Fort Collins, Colorado decided to launch a helium balloon into the atmosphere. The silver homemade balloon that looked like a saucer was launched into the air, but to everyone’s surprise, the couple revealed that their six year old son was in the balloon! News stations and media picked up the story, and audiences went crazy for more than hour as the balloon sailed through the air at altitudes as high as 7,000 feet. When the balloon eventually landed near the Denver airport, authorities found nothing inside. Fearing that the boy had fallen out, they began searching the area but found nothing. It was eventually discovered that the little boy was safe at home hiding in the attic. His crazy parents had done the ridiculous stunt as just a way to get attention. For their bizarre antics, criminal charges were eventually brought against them.
The fame people are getting on YouTube is kind of crazy. There are a wide variety of shows, families, and random people that have their own series with large followings. Many of these people make a living just videotaping their daily lives and putting it on the internet. Way back in 2006, Lonelygirl15 captivated quite an audience with her seemingly normal everyday teenage girl problems. However, as the series progressed, it got kind of weird, really weird. The girl started talking about an odd cult that her family was involved in and about being stuck in her house. Not long after, it was revealed that the girl was an actress and the whole thing was fake. Even after it was found out, many people continued to watch the series until it eventually ended a few years later. The internet is the perfect place to pretend to be whatever you want...real or not. Just keep that in mind when you meet people online.
7 Bald For Bieber
In 2012, a screenshot of a tweet was shared that looked like it came from the official Twitter account of Entertainment Tonight, and it revealed that Justin Beiber had recently been diagnosed with cancer. It urged fans to shave their head in support and #BaldForBieber was born. This cause went crazy on the internet and websites, fan pages and supportive messages only furthered the news. Some fans actually began shaving their heads, many of them females, to show Bieber just how much he means to them. Not long after the story circulated, it was revealed that it was all a big joke that some internet trolls had started. Just keep this in mind before you go shaving your head over something you saw on the internet. You really can’t be too careful about filtering what you see on the internet especially when it might affect something as important as your hair.
6 Twerk Until Your Pants Catch Fire
When will the twerking craze be over? Well, one viral video seemed to make people think twice about twerking. In 2013, a video was posted on YouTube that showed a young girl filming herself twerking. At one point she does a handstand against a door while still twerking only to have someone open the door. It sends the girl flying backwards, and she lands on top of her coffee table which contains lit candles. The film stops abruptly when we see her yoga pants catch fire, and she start shrieking in horror. Not long after it went viral, Jimmy Kimmel interviewed the girl and had her share the rest of the footage. In the rest of the video, we see her screaming as her pants catch fire, but then, Jimmy Kimmel rushes in and sprays her with a fire extinguisher. It turns out the whole thing was an elaborate joke set up by Jimmy Kimmel, and a woman that turned out be a stuntwoman.
5 Waterproof Update
Do Not, I repeat, Do Not trust advertisements that seem too good to be true especially when it comes to very expensive electronics. If you don’t read it directly from the company’s website, don’t trust it. A few people learned this lesson the hard way when they saw an ad informing them that the newest updates for the iOS 7 would make the phone waterproof. It claimed that the phone would be able to detect changes in thermo-distribution by way of the touch screen and home button, and apparently shut off in an emergency which is supposed to magically prevent water damage. For those that have no idea how technology works, they were pretty upset when they destroyed their phones. Just because something looks like an official advertisement does not mean it is. You would be shocked by how many people are out there spending their time creating real looking hoaxes just because they find it funny to screw people over.
4 Days of Darkness
Panic was sparked all over the internet in 2014 when NASA reported a solar storm would occur and somewhere along the way, the story was twisted into a report that the storm would cause six days of total darkness because of large amounts of dust and space debris. While the total darkness theory was published on a unreliable site, people still ate it up and began to send out crazed tweets about being shrouded in darkness for almost a week. According to NASA solar storms are a very real thing, but they don’t cause us on earth much disturbance. Before you start tweeting out crazy stories and causing mass hysteria, be sure to check out if what you read is in fact true especially when it might affect the entire earth. Don’t cause widespread panic and paranoia over something some troll somewhere is throwing out in the world wide web.
3 Sharks At The Mall
Did you ever happen to see this photo circulating around the internet? This was allegedly taken at a shopping center in Kuwait where a shark tank had broken and flooded the shopping center with its contents. This terrifying photo seemed like the worst shopping experience ever, but it was eventually discovered that it was not a real photo. The actual picture was from a shopping center in Canada that did in fact flood, but the sharks were photoshopped into the water. It is truly amazing what photoshop can do and what kind of crazy stories people can create with just a little photo editing. Remember this the next time you happen to meet a hottie online that seems just a little too good to be true. If someone can make it look like sharks are hanging out at the mall, then can do a lot more to a regular ol’ selfie.
2 Microchipped for Life
NBC did a news story in 2007 that featured a microchip scientists had designed to be implanted in people. These new chips was supposedly designed to be implanted in all people because the government wanted the ability to control everyone remotely and even kill people that disobeyed. This outrageous accusation took off on social media, and people were understandably angry. As it was shared across the internet, it seemed to only get crazier. After the public outcry, it was revealed that the chips were actually designed only to store medical information. It would be helpful if people were brought to the hospital unconscious or even if bodies were found, it would offer insight to their identity and maybe even how they died. Somewhere along the way, this story got away from reality and turned into a sci-fi movie plot or maybe that is just what they are telling us to cover it all up.
1 The Famous Catfish
The NFL player Manti Te’o was having a rough time after both his grandmother and his girlfriend died not far apart from each other. However, not long after, the story seemed to unravel rather quickly. His girlfriend Lennay had apparently been in a bad car crash only to then be diagnosed with leukemia and died a few months later. As people began reporting the story of the this NFL player, the timeline got messy, and there was no trace of Lennay in the world except for social media accounts. Then, it was discovered that the photo used on her account actually belonged to another woman that had never even met Te’o. After they contacted the real woman that was in the photos, she told reporters she had no idea what was going on. It seemed Manti had an online relationship with a woman that never existed. In fact, it was a man that had masterminded the whole thing and tricked T’eo by using photos of a female classmate he attended high school with.