You know the saying, “You can’t believe everything you see on the internet”? These popular images were believed and shared by many, but in reality, they are just the product of some mad Photoshop skill.
Fake: John Lennon Playing Guitar with Che Guevara
Can you believe John Lennon once sat down for a jam with the famous Cuban revolutionist and guerrilla leader? Well, you shouldn’t, because he didn’t.
Real: John Lennon Playing Guitar with Wayne “Tex” Gabriel
Someone simply photoshopped Che’s face on top of Wayne’s.
Fake: Audrey Hepburn Dancing BalletHepburn did practice ballet and this photo does look a lot like her, but it’s not.
Real: Russian Stock ImageDue to the higher resolution of the stock image, one can see that the model is not the classic star, Audrey Hepburn. Although it is a pretty striking resemblance.
Fake: Dispose of Your Ugly Children HereNot to worry. No child was thrown away, or at least not for being ugly. PhotoShop is to blame again.
Real: Please Keep Off The GrassIn the original photo the sign reads, “Please Keep Off The Grass.” Why the child was in the enclosure is still a mystery.
Fake: Steven Seagal Gives Vladimir Putin Bunny EarsNo, Steven Seagal did not give the President of Russia bunny ears in a press event photo.
Real: Normal Press Event PhotoDespite making it to the front page of Reddit, it was just a poorly photoshopped picture. Seagal does look a little mischievous though.
Fake: JFK and Marilyn Monroe Share an Intimate EmbraceThese photos have sparked major controversy regarding the President’s alleged affair with the Hollywood star. However, they are the work of Alison Jackson, who is known for using look-a-likes of famous people in her photos.
Fake: A Security Camera Outside George Orwell’s HouseOne of Orwell’s most popular novels, “1984,” criticized strict government surveillance. Is there really a surveillance camera outside the author’s house? No.
Real: George Orwell’s HouseThe viral image was a product of Steve Ullathorne, who is known for showing historical buildings with modern additions.
Fake: Badass Bill Murray and Hunter S. ThompsonWhile this photo is hilarious it is not necessarily true. Yes, Murray and Thompson hung out on a boat. No, their shirts weren’t that awesome.
Real: Slightly Less Badass Bill Murray and Hunter S. ThompsonIn reality, the pair sported “Amazing X Navy” shirts.
Fake: Cool Clouds Over Mount FujiThese clouds are pretty freaking cool. Unfortunately, they are also pretty freaking fake. Thanks photoshop.
Real: Lenticular Cloud Over Mount FujiThe original photo shows a single lenticular cloud over the mountain. Some PhotoShop wiz copied and altered the original cloud a few times.
Fake: Space Shuttle Breaching the CloudsIt’s a cool image, but sadly too good to be true. The creator, Richard Silvera, straight out said, “This image is a composite of 2 pictures.” But of course, nobody paid attention to that.
Real: Space Shuttle Breaching the CloudsThe original image is almost as cool. It shows the Challenger still on the ground on a cloudy day.
Fake: Martin Luther King Jr. Flipping the BirdThere are quite a few fake MLK pictures circulating the internet and this is one of them.
Real: Martin Luther King Jr. Giving a Peace SignThe actual photo of King was taken after learning that the Senate had passed the 1964 Civil Rights Bill.
Fake: Giant Squid Washed AshoreThe claim was that the squid, which landed near Santa Monica, had grown to a mutant size due to Fukushima radiation. That doesn’t even make sense.
Real: Squid Washed AshoreThe fake image used a photo of this squid, which is an actual Giant Squid of normal size, and a beach scene from a story about a beached whale.
Fake: Paris Hilton Says “Stop Being Poor”Paris Hilton wore a shirt that read “Stop Being Poor” to a party. It’s a very believable photo.
Real: Paris Hilton Says “Stop Being Desperate”No, she was not throwing her large fortune in everyone’s face. There were quite a few shots taken of her in this shirt, but the PhotoShopped shirt grabbed more attention.
Fake: Furniture Carved to Look Like a Digital GlitchThis is a photo of a piece of carefully carved furniture, although it looks like a file gone wrong. Well, kind of. The idea came from designer Ferruccio Laviani, who actually did create pieces that looked deformed due to a digital glitch.
Real: Cabinet Carved to Look Like a Digital GlitchThis is the final product of Laviani’s work, called the Good Vibrations collection. The previous picture was a mock-up of his overall concept. It wasn’t an actual piece of furniture.