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2012
A Black Lion
It's biologically possible for lions to be black, and there have been reports of such creatures over the years. Although many of these reports may have been due to observation in poor light or strong sunlight behind the cat. However, the lion in this photo is not actually black. It's a white lion that was colored black through photo manipulation. The altered photo was posted on deviantart.com in early 2012 and quickly went viral.
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Feb 2012
Romney Family Misspells Their Name
As Romney campaigned for the Presidency, this picture started to circulate online, accompanied by the caption: "Romney's family misspell their last name in the greatest Freudian slip in history." However, that's not Romney's family. It's actually the Fisher family, who got up on stage with him during a campaign stop in Elko, Nevada. They wore t-shirts that did correctly spell his name. The misspelling was the result of photo alteration.
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2012
Romney Gets A Shoeshine
During the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, a photo circulated online that appeared to show Mitt Romney getting a shoe shine as his private jet waited behind him — an appearance reinforced by a caption that claimed this was the case. In reality, the picture dated to 2008 and showed Romney sitting for a security check before boarding a plane in Denver, Colorado. The man in the red jacket was waving a security wand over Romney's shoe.
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2011
Angolan Witch Spider
The Internet claims this spider was spotted on the side of a house in Texas and "it took several gun shots to kill it." In reality, this image is the creation of artist/photographer Paul Santa Maria, who took a photo of a normal-sized wolf spider outside his Florida home and then used Photoshop to expand it to gigantic proportions.
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2011
Brady Yawning
Circulating online since early 2012, with captions such as "Dogception" and "Perfect Timing Picture". Many assume the framed picture of the dog yawning in the background was digitally added. It wasn't. The shot was taken by photographer Jill Maguire in late 2011, who explains on her Flickr account that it's an unphotoshopped photo of her dog Brady yawning in front of a framed print of himself yawning.
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2011
The Cleavage Disappears
The woman shown above is Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a Canadian MP. The image on the left was her official parliamentary headshot. But in Sep 2011 a blogger noticed that although the image still appeared on the parliamentary website, it had been altered to the version on the right in which her cleavage had been digitally erased. It's not known who ordered the alteration. Sitsabaiesan has not commented on it.
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2009
Lottery winner finds love of his life after big win
The photo shows Swedish glamour model Natacha Peyre posing with a fan. But the Internet has recaptioned this image to give it a more amusing story. Of course, this story is false. It's not known who the man in the photo is, but he's definitely not the winner of a $181 million lottery. The photo first surfaced with the false caption in 2009 and has been resurfacing periodically ever since.
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2009
Viagra Corporate Headquarters
This image has circulated widely online with a caption claiming the building shown is the "Head Office of Viagra" in Toronto, Canada. The building is real, as is the suggestively shaped topiary. But it's not the head office of Viagra (which is a drug, not a corporation). It's actually the corporate offices of Swagelok Northwest, which manufactures valves and fittings. The building is located in Portland, Oregon.
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Nov 19, 2008
Dati’s Disappearing Ring
Photo editors at Le Figaro deleted a ring from the French justice minister's hand in order to make her appear less glamorous.
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November 2008
The Fake General Dunwoody
When Ann Dunwoody became the first four-star general in the American military, the Army released a doctored photo of her to the media.
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November 2008
Kim Jong-Il’s Shadow
Western media questioned whether this image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il had been doctored, but it appears not to have been.
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September 2008
U.S. Army Releases Doctored Photographs
Lacking an official photo of a deceased soldier, the U.S. Army instead released a doctored image to the media.
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September 2008
Sarah Palin in Bikini
After John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, provocative fake pictures of the Alaska Governor began to circulate online.
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August 2008
A Whiter Beyonce
Critics accused L'Oreal of lightening Beyonce's skin color in this advertisement for its cosmetics.
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July 9, 2008
The Missile Launcher Vanishes
The Iranian government pasted a missile into this photo, apparently in an attempt to conceal the failure of one of the missiles to launch.
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July 3, 2008
Jumping Shark
A photographer happened to take this series of photos just as a shark was leaping from the water behind a surfer.
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July 2, 2008
Fox Airs Faux Photos
Fox News aired pictures of New York Times staffers that had been digitally altered to make the men appear less attractive.
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Taken Aug 18, 2006. Published June 2008
M.C. Escher Golf
A surreal effect of impossible geometry may have been caused by the use of a telephoto lens to take this picture.
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