Six More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

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1.) Is This a Whale Swimming Through Venice?

7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

No, that's not a whale making its way through the canals of Venice. It's actually a composite image by artist Robert Jahns, who's responsible for another famous viral fake involving Venice freezing over. It's a cool picture, but not a true one.

Fake photo via SundayFundayz

2.) Are These the Tallest Mountains on Earth as Seen From Space?

7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

As Twitter user Janne Ahlberg mentions, the image is actually completely computer generated. It was created by Christoph Hormann back in 2006. And to be honest, the more I look at it the more I want to play Myst.

Fake image via BEAUTIFULPlCS

3.) Is This a Whisky Vending Machine in a 1960s Office?

7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Yes, that's a whisky dispenser. But it's not from an office in the 1950s or 60s, as it's so often captioned. According to Getty, it's from a vending machine exhibition in London in 1960. We don't have any evidence that this machine was used in an office, no matter how badly we want to believe that's the case.

Thanks to shows like Mad Men, people here in the 21st century have a tendency to think that everybody in the offices of the 1960s were constantly hammered. And while drinking on the job was more socially acceptable than it is today (at least for white collar workers at the highest ranks of companies), the people of the 1960s weren't constantly drinking.

Inaccurate description via Imgur

4.) Is This a Creepy Passageway in an Abandoned Church?

7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Nope. As one Reddit user explains, the image actually comes from a house called the Black Moon Manor in Indiana. The Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures "investigated" the house back in 2011. The image above only gets a passing glance on screen, probably because if you think too hard about how over the top the image is, you'll conclude it's clearly a load of tosh. (Which it is.)

The writing on the wall around the hole was clearly done by regular old contemporary humans looking to get a rise out of people. The Black Moon Manor house was destroyed in 2012, the year after the episode aired.

Fake image via NotExplained

5.) Is This a Rare Colour Photo of the Attack on Pearl Harbor?

7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

PicPedant sets the record straight, explaining that the photo actually comes from a publicity still from the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor. That's right. The one with Ben Affleck.

Fake photo via KnowFactsDaily

6.) Is This an Alaskan Tree Frog?

7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

As Hoax of Fame points out, there's actually no such thing as an Alaskan Tree Frog. The image is quite clearly a cartoonish frog on top of what I'm guessing is a stone heart. Frustratingly, I can't seem to find an example online. But I'm almost certain I've seen this one (in its non-frozen form) before. If you know where this frog comes from please let us know in the comments.

Fake photo via FascinatingPics

This article originally appeared on Factually, Gizmodo's blog for setting the record straight