Viral photos: We’ve all seen them, and they can be supremely entertaining. Don’t be so quick to believe them, though. The world is a twisted place filled with lies, including photos that come with so-called “true stories.” How do you decide which ones to believe?
For starters, check out this list of the most famous viral pics on the internet. We’re doing a deep investigation to uncover the frauds and give credit to those that are the real deal.
10. Brush Up On Your Amputation Skills
This “Gentlemen’s Guide to Amputation” hit the web and hit it hard. The image depicts an instructional pamphlet from the 1800’s dictating the necessary amputation skills you need to survive—brandy included.
Is it real, though? It’s not too difficult to see this is fake, but whoever produced it certainly fooled a large portion of the internet.
9. Grin And Bear It
Yes, this is a bear falling from a tree. Actually, it’s a bear falling from a tree onto a trampoline. When this was first released, everyone thought it was fake and for good reason.
Surprise, surprise: this photo is real. A bear wandered into a quaint suburban neighborhood and got stuck in a tree. Apparently, this was the only way to get the beast down safely.
8. The Saddest Picture You’ll See Today
Get some tissues. Now get some more, because you might need them. Unfortunately, this heartbreaking photo of a kid locked out of a zoo because of a government shutdown is real. You can almost feel the sadness radiating from the poor kid’s soul and see their tear drops. Thanks a lot, government.
Pick yourself up and get ready for something better, now…
7. The Face Of Pure Happiness
If this dog’s face doesn’t show pure happiness, then what the heck does? Many skeptics out there thought this photo was fraudulent but those people are wrong. The happiness here is completely real. Let’s give some props to the photographer here also because this is an instant classic.
6. You Will Hope This One Is Fake
This picture symbolizes everything wrong with America, right? Don’t get too worked up just yet. This picture is just a clever Photoshop job.
In reality, the shirts were supposed to read “make America great again.” You can figure out which word somebody mischievously edited for yourself. Thank you so much for not being real.
5. Sorry Harry Potter Fans
Every Harry Potter fan in the world wishes this one were true but you might want to sit down for the following words. It is true! Just kidding. This quote is as fake as your love for fidget spinners (you know you hate them). If you want to unleash your anger, direct it toward Tumblr user mypatronusisyou123437597309. They were responsible for the fake quote years ago.
You might feel betrayed after this one but it’s ok. The picture on slide number three will restore your faith in humanity.
4. Hillary’s Face Though…
Is this some scene from House of Cards? It certainly looks like a staged photo opportunity.
Alas, this is as real as it gets. The story behind this picture revolves around the Obama administration’s reaction to the capture of Osama bin Laden. People thought it was fake because you rarely see all those big names in one spot. Also, Hillary could win an Oscar with that face.
3. You Couldn’t Fake A Better Picture If You Tried
Everything about this photo suggests it’s not real. After all, these are two presidents and grown men. Yet, they look like little children being forced to apologize in the principal’s office.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but here, Obama is thinking of just one specific expletive that begins with an “f”.
Speaking of expletives, you’ll definitely say f*** once you see the picture on slide number one.
2. Even The Moose In Canada Are Friendly
Canadians are renowned for their friendliness and welcoming attitude, and it looks like that also covers their wildlife. One day, an American citizen was driving across the Canadian countryside and spotted this adorable baby moose.
The picture alone was cute enough but he decided to add a little twist. Of all things, he photoshopped an LGBT pride flag in the mouth of the moose. The picture went viral, but sadly, it’s a fraud.
1. You’ll Look At This Photo For Hours
Before we investigate whether this picture is true or false, let’s take a moment and appreciate its beauty. What are we even staring at—an ice sculpture? Some weird CGI image of a bird man?
No, it’s just some guy diving into the water as one clever photographer waits below the surface. It’s a creative and very real image.