The Internet is Smart, But It Still Fell For These Hoaxes

We, as a collective Internet are a smart bunch. Together, we’ve figured out how to make our computers run faster How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Windows 10 comes with its own set of pre-installed apps. Let's look at the methods you can use to remove the bloatware on your PC and debloat Windows 10. Read More , how to make awesome man caves How To Make The Perfect 'Man Cave' For Your Style Whether you love sports, sci-fi, or anything else, there's a man cave for you! Read More , and even how to fix our iPhones How to Fix an iPhone Yourself Over a few weeks, the angle I needed to plug the lightning cable into my iPhone 5S got more and more specific, until one day it just wouldn't charge. It was dead. Read More . But as smart as the Internet is, it’s fallen for some hoaxes 5 Internet Hoaxes That Went Viral and Almost Fooled You This Year There were a few convincing hoaxes knocking about the Internet this year; from waterproof iPhones to Christmas Dinner in a tin. Here are some of the best. Read More in its time. Sure, in retrospect, these seem like obvious dupes, but at the time, many of us bit, and they went totally viral.

So, what hoaxes actually caught the Internet off guard and fooled them? Take a look at the infographic below for a fascinating trip down memory lane!

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  1. Anonymous
    October 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    What about 9/11 Tourist Guy (also known as “WTC Guy” or “Tourist of Death”) which was the photoshop meme and an internet hoax based on a photograph of a man standing on the observation deck of a building overlooking Manhattan with an airplane flying towards the vantage point. The image, which was manipulated to appear as if it was taken during the World Trade Center attack of September 11th, 2001, spread across a wide range of discussion forums and online news sites shortly after the tragic events and ignited a series of photoshopped derivatives as well as conspiracy theories surrounding the man’s identity.

  2. Anonymous
    October 8, 2015 at 5:09 am

    The one that surprised me the most is the "Steorn Infinite Energy Generator." Perpetual motion machines have been a scam for decades (if not centuries) and people still fall for it. My suggestion is that anybody who wants one of these moves to an alternate universe where our laws of physics do not apply.

    • Anonymous
      October 16, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      ha ha