The internet is a beautiful medium where people can exchange brain-tickling images in a wondrous marketplace of ideas. Just kidding. It's mostly garbage. Here's some garbage we found on the internet recently.
1) Is this a megalodon shark next to a German U-Boat in the 1940s?
Remember that dumb megalodon documentary released by the Discovery Channel for Shark Week back in 2014? It was completely fake. But something tells me that we'll be living with the fake facts peddled by that show for many years to come. If you've seen the image above, don't believe it. The photo is totally fake.
Fake image via ScaryPIct
2) Is this a real cloud that looks like a dragon?
This "cloud dragon" is kinda cool, but don't go thanking Mother Nature. Thank the Photoshop gods. It was created by Deviant Art user StrixCZ.
Fake image via Internet Palace
3) Are these early suffragettes in 1921 eating pizza in large groups to annoy men?
As Tumblr user IronGall explains, there are so many things wrong with the caption to this photo. Like almost everything about it, aside from the year.
First off, these weren't "early suffragettes" in 1921. The Nineteenth Amendment, which gave American women the franchise, was ratified in 1920. Secondly, these women aren't eating pizza. They're eating pie, as you can see from a closer crop of the photo below. In fact, they're having a pie eating contest, according to Shorpy. Sure, they're relatively flat pies. But they're still pies. Pizza didn't become popular in the United States until after the second World War.
Thirdly, it's unclear why women eating pizza in a large group would "annoy men." Whatever the origin of this caption, it probably went through a bizarre and convoluted game of Telephone before it arrived at Twitter's doorstep.
Inaccurate description via Historyepics
4) Is this a quote from Charles Darwin about strength, intelligence, and survival?
No, Charles Darwin never said, "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
The quote actually comes from a business professor who was writing in 1963 and trying to paraphrase what he interpreted as Darwin's ideas. Not only that, but the date on the image makes it look like it was something Darwin said in 1809. That was the year that Darwin was born. Bright baby, that Darwin.
And what about that photo of Darwin? Well, it's based on a real photo. But that hand isn't Darwin's. Oh, and the photo has been flipped horizontally. The real photo is on the left. Basically everything about this image is garbage.
Fake image via History_Pics
5) Is this a newspaper from Lincoln's assassination?
Last week newspapers around the world acknowledged the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. And to illustrate the story, some news outlets used the cover of a newspaper above. The only problem? It doesn't date to 1865. As Erin McCann discovered, the image actually comes from a 2008 children's book, reprinted in 2011. Yikes.
Fake image via Boston Globe
6) Is this Albert Einstein in a "vintage" Mentos ad?
Amazingly, this Albert Einstein ad for Mentos is real. But it's not so "vintage," as many accounts on Twitter would have you believe. It was created in 2004 by ad agency Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai in India. It's unclear whether the ad ever made it past the pitch stage. The "vintage" claim wouldn't be such a big deal if it didn't imply that it was done in Einstein's lifetime and with his approval.
As a bonus, check out this fake "vintage" Skype ad on the right, from the same Twitter account. Everything about that "vintage" ad is truly fake in every sense of the world. But maybe it didn't have to be.
Fake image via This Is Stunning