The growth of internet users, social media and messaging platforms also lead to the growth of fake news, fake photos, “photoshopped” images, rumours and hoaxes. Still most of the innocent internet users believe these stories as the truth, especially the beginners in the internet field! Here is a list of 5 such fake stories that were viral and people almost believed it!
1: A boy sleeping between the grave of his parents in Syria
An emotional and sad picture of a kid sleeping between two graves in a graveyard, alleged to be in Syria went viral in no time and people blindly shared the pic praying for the kid. Later it was found that the picture itself is a staged photo for an art project.
2: Red Bull energy drink has bull’s sperm in it
Many viral stories across the social media and WhatsApp claims that the “Taurine” contained in energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, etc., are made from bulls’ sperm. It’s a FAKE story. The actual fact is the taurine in the energy drink is a purely synthetic substance produced by pharmaceutical companies and is not derived from animals or animal materials.
3: Hercules, world’s biggest dog
Claim: Hercules was recently awarded the honorable distinction of Worlds Biggest Dog by Guinness World Records. Hercules is an English Mastiff and has a 38 inch neck and weighs 282 pounds.
Fact: It’s a hoax and a “photoshopped” image. This information is true (in the sense that an English mastiff named Hercules owned by a Massachusetts man was once recognized as the world’s heaviest dog), but it doesn’t have any connection to the dog shown in the image displayed above, which clearly does not match a newspaper photograph of the real Hercules (and his owner)
The tallest living dog – male and tallest living dog – female records are to be found continuously updated on the Guinness World Records website. There is no largest (heaviest) living dog category at this time, perhaps due to concerns that pets would be encouraged to become unhealthily overweight.
4: Kingfisher Beer Powder!
A message with two packets of alleged Kingfisher beer powder that are said to convert cold water into beer when mixed with it. Nothing much to say, it’s FAKE. And just photoshop work on packets of condoms.
5: Moonmelon – A blue colored watermelon
This photo was viral on the internet a few years ago and people almost believed it that it grows in Japan. And the truths is – it’s FAKE, just a PHOTOSHOP! Don’t believe me? Check the image below or read this Daily Dot article.