6 Times We Can’t Believe We Were Fooled By Fake Internet Pictures

The internet is a magical place.

A  place where you can connect with people all around the world, a place to learn countless skills for free, a place where someone like Dhinchak Pooja can become famous.

But the internet is not all puppies and rainbows. There are countless instances of horrible things popping up online much to the horror of tender-hearted internet users. Like these 6 images that toyed with our expectations. They scared us, they made us dry and then, they turned out to be complete bullshit.

#1 Blue Waffle

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The absolute flagship of “don’t Google this shit”, the Blue Waffle disease was a big deal. With women desperately asking each other if they had the disease.

All posts related to blue waffles talked about flaky itchy skin down there, discolouration and after all that, apparently, the disease could kill you. If you really think about it, it’s actually quite amazing anyone believed it, but with an image this grotesque, we understand that tiny voice inside your head completely losing its shit.

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#2 Alan Rickman

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Granted this happened in 2016, but the image has been ghosting around on my Facebook feed for about two years now. It’s sweet, it’s touching. It’s also completely fake.

Alan Rickman – allegedly – hadn’t even really read the Harry Potter books, so it would be weird if he did say this. Apparently, the quote has been lifted from a comment made by a woman called Tiffany when entering a contest to win Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 prizes.

A discussion board on GoodReads even claimed that the Alan Rickman posts didn’t even start showing up till after Tiffany’s comment.

Sorry Potterheads, it’s just not your day.

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#3 Lotus Disease

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Right, so this one is pretty old school. It started off as an email scam back in 2003. The grotesque images featured typically had scary headlines like “Don’t Use This Shampoo”. Eventually, it hit the internet once again in 2006 and has been making the rounds of my mother’s WhatsApp groups ever since.

The sharability of these emails and posts was pretty high and eventually, it was discovered that all the terrifying images were just Lotus pods photoshopped onto human skin. The link would lead to a website where users were asked to fill in forms after which they could see the video of the horrifying disease.

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#4 Chinese Man Passport

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Oh no! A small child drew on his father’s passport! Everything is ruined! The father needed to travel but now he’s stuck and has nobody to blame for it all!

The story that followed that exact narrative sprang up on the internet accompanied by the above photo and articles were written about the cute things kids get up to. Except there are far too many allegations that this forward was a complete fake out.

From the fact that the drawing looked too complicated for a four-year-old to the drawing “floating” off the page in certain areas, to the fact that Chinese passports have glossed pages, there was top much opposing evidence for this one to be legit.

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#5 Angry Koala

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Koalas are cute, cuddly and chill. Except when they’re angry. Then they turn into vicious hellspawn whose razor-sharp teeth are going to rip you apart. Except they won’t.

The angry koala found its way to both Facebook and 9gag and was memed to death, except the image was completely doctored because it turns out that’s not how koala teeth look.

Flickr user  Oz_drdolittle who took the original image claims that the Koala had water splashed on him because the little guy was feeling too hot. Whoever bothered to make him look like someone stole all his Oreos, we’ll never know.

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#6 Ebola Zombie

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Guys…ebola was scary and all, but did we seriously think zombies exist?

Really? We thought a photoshopped image of a dude from World War Z was an actual zombie?

In 2014?

Dammit, humanity…

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