February 9th, 2015 | Updated on March 24th, 2021
Imagine fake news without fake images. Fake images are the heart and soul of fake news. News appears authentic, if it has images which could be easily believed, posted, retweeted, liked and circulated.
Ever since the advent of Photoshop, the number of fake viral pictures has increased substantially. And, we all have always been busy circulating those fake images.
Below, a recap of viral images, all in one place for your pleasure perusing.
1. Real Pilot Selfie
No, this isn’t the world’s greatest selfie. Though it might be if it were real.
2. 9-11 Tourist
Perhaps one of the most famous hoax photos ever taken! Initially, it was believed that this snap was captured from a camera at Ground Zero but only later did people realize it was a fake.
3. Bike On Vashon Island That Was Abandoned For 100 Years
The kids’ bicycle embedded into a tree is a bit of a tourist attraction on Vashon Island, Washington, just outside of Seattle. But it’s not a century old, as so many social media accounts are claiming.
4. Photo From A Soviet Mental Institution In 1952
This bizarre photo isn’t some supernatural weirdness from a Russian mental institution in 1952. It’s from Pina Bausch’s performance art dance show, Blaubart.
5. Air France Flight 447
6. Baby Polar Bear
7. Collapse Of Shark Tank In Kuwait
8. Earth, Mercury, And Venus From Mars
9. Fennec Hare
10. Fetus Foot
11. Hercules, The World’s Largest Dog
12. Hurricane Isaac
Retweeted thousands of times, actually, it is a Photoshopped picture of a supercell thunderstorm that seems to pop up with a new foreground every time there is a hurricane threat anywhere.
13. Indian Ocean Tsunami
15. Mystical Tree
16. Ella Fitzgerald Denied A Gig At The Mocambo Night Club In 1954 Because She Was Black
Fitzgerald was allegedly denied a gig at the Mocambo night club in 1954 because of her race. But this was not the true story. Monroe was a huge fan of Fitzgerald and was able to change the manager’s mind, who didn’t found Fitzgerald “glamorous enough.”
17. Oil Rig, Water Spout, And Lightning
18. Purple Trees Of Fairy Pools, Scotland
19. Rainbow Owl
20. Statue Of Liberty In Hurricane Sandy
This is yet another supercell thunderstorm that was superimposed over the Statue of Liberty.
21. The Derbyshire Fairy
Intended to be an April Fool’s Day joke Dan Baines of Derbyshire, England made this fiary prop to sell on eBay.
22. Carving Of Buddha At The Ngyen Khang Taksang Monastery
23. We Built It
Supposedly taken during the republican convention in 2012, the debt clock was actually on the other side of the arena.
24. Marlboro To Make Marijuana Cigarettes
After both Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana , news spread that the makers of Marlboro wanted to become the nation’s first major weed brand. No. No they don’t. The source for this particular fake image is a website called Abril Uno.
25. JFK And Marilyn Monroe Cuddling
Seemingly an unguarded moment of affection between President John F. Kennedy and actress Marilyn Monroe, was actually the work of artist Alison Jackson, who’s known for her photos using lookalikes of famous people.
26. People In Smog-Choked Beijing Watching Sunrises
Yes, the smog is horrible in China. However, in reality, the photo shows a Chinese tourism ad for Shandong province playing on a giant video screen in Tiananmen Square.
27. Syrian Child Sleeping Next To The Graves Of His Dead Parents
It’s a heart-wrenching photo, with the caption “In Syria, sleeping between his parents.” But it’s actually just part of an art project from Saudi Arabia. The photographer is a 25-year-old, named Abdul Aziz al-Otaibi.
28. “Sad Putin” After Russia Lost To Finland In Hockey
This photo getting passed around showing a dejected Vladimir Putin after the Russian Olympic hockey team was defeated by Finland 3-1.But the photo isn’t actually from that game. It’s a Getty Images photo that was taken when Russia played Slovakia.
29. Photo Show The Recent Snow In Florida
The photo on the left dates back to at least 2010.
30. Shark Vs Helicopter
It may be obvious to most of you, but you live in a world where some people believed this picture was real.
31. Lightning Striking A Tree
This is a long-exposure light manipulation photo with a lightning bolt photoshopped in.
Sources: list25; gizmodo