23 Internet Hoaxes That Went Viral This Year
by N/A, 9 years ago | 3 min read| 5704
Everything you read online must be true, right? Not so much, and that was certainly proved in 2014.
Here are 23 of the most viral "news" stories that ended up being complete hoaxes.
1. There was never a credible threat to leak nude photos of Emma Watson.
2. The "UFO" over Portsmouth, England was actually made up by an artist.
3. No, you cannot charge your iPhone 6 by microwaving it.
4. The video of a little boy saving a girl from gunfire was staged.
5. A ship filled with cannibal rats was never actually headed towards the UK.
6. Fortunately a computer did not pass the Turing Test.
Or unfortunately, depending on how much you're hoping for great artificial intelligence.
7. It is not illegal to work after 6 p.m. in France.
8. There is no such thing as a pumpkin spice-flavored condom.
9. This little kid did not grow up to be Harry Potter's son.
10. Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych did not have a toilet that looked like this.
11. An incredibly deadly great white shark was never headed for the UK.
12. This toddler was not arrested in 1893.
13. Alex From Target was not an elaborate marketing stunt.
However, claiming it was a marketing stunt, was in fact a marketing stunt. Trippy, we know.
14. Redheads are not in danger of going extinct.
15. A radioactive earthquake did not create the Turin shroud.
16. A woman did not have plastic surgery to add a third breast.
17. This is not a photo taken from a plane above a rainbow.
18. Feminists did not start the hashtag #EndFathersDay
19. McDonald's is not getting rid of the Big Mac.
20. This list of banned words at a Chick-Fil-A was more than likely fake.
21. This is not Banksy. Banksy was not arrested.
22. Grindr did not have ads for the NRA on the app.
23. Malia Obama is not pregnant.
Do not show me this again