Arts, Music, and Recreation Whimsy Can You Spot the Hoaxes? Real or Fake? Share Pin Email Whimsy Urban Legends Rumors & Hoaxes In the News Classic & Historic Legends Animal Folklore Scary Stories Political Humor Web Humor Weird News Social News Paranormal UFOs by David Emery Updated October 06, 2016 1. Real or Fake? Seven-Headed Cobra Viral image Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! No such cases of live animals born with more than two heads have ever been recorded. Closer examination of the circulated picture points to a likely digital manipulation of an image of a snake. 2. Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! The image is unquestionably a fake, albeit a very good one. It's a composite of a U.S. Air Force photo (inverted) of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a rescue diver training session in San Francisco Bay and a still shot of a great white shark breaching the ocean surface by acclaimed underwater photographer Charles Maxwell. 3. Real or Fake? These Toddlers Are Twins Real Fake Correct Wrong Real! Kian, who is dark-skinned and dark-haired, and Remee, who is light-skinned and fair-haired, were born in April 2005 to Kylie and Remi Hodgson, who themselves were born to mixed-race parents. 4. Real or Fake? Mermaid Skeleton Found Near Black Sea Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! Mermaids are creatures of myth and legend, not the natural world. While there does exist an ancient tradition (primarily in Japan) of fabricating "mermaid carcasses" out of fish skins and animal bones for exhibition, there are no documented examples of the real thing having been discovered. 5. Real or Fake? Monster Crocodile in the Congo Real Fake Correct Wrong Real! This monster croc was fished from the sea in the port of Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo in 2003. 6. Real or Fake? Einstein Biking Away From Nuclear Test Site Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! This is an altered joke image that started circulating around the web around 2011. 7. Real or Fake? Cat Mountain in Ukraine Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! This image was created by a graphic artist and does not depict a real mountain. 8. Real or Fake? Pig-Nosed Fish Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! Whether you call it a "pigfish," "wild hogfish," or "pig-nose fish," the verdict of science remains the same — no such species as the one depicted above exists. 9. Real or Fake? Giant Snake Found in the Red Sea Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! The low-resolution composite image began showing up on Persian- and Arabic-language websites in mid-2012, accompanied by the contradictory claims that the "giant" snake had recently been killed either: 1) near the Karaj Dam in northern Iran, or 2) in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. Neither claim is true. 10. Real or Fake? Fried Chicken Oreos Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! After this photo went viral online, Nabisco issued a statement that this image was simply a fan-generated graphics and, unfortunately, not a real product. 11. Real or Fake? Texas Oil Rig Twister Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! This image, which started circulating in 2008, is digitally manipulated. 12. Real or Fake? Space Nebula Resembling a Human Eye Netlore Archive: NASA photo of the Helix Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been labeled the "Eye of God" by frequent forwarders. Image: NASA, WIYN, NOAO, ESA, Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), T.A. Rector (NRAO) Real Fake Correct Wrong Real! This is an authentic photograph (actually, a composite of images) taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. It depicts the so-called Helix Nebula, described by astronomers as "a trillion-mile-long tunnel of glowing gases." At its center is dying star which has ejected masses of dust and gas to form tentacle-like filaments stretching toward an outer rim composed of the same material. Our own sun may look like this in several billion years. 13. Real or Fake? Rare Black Lion Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! Alas, this animal, gorgeous as it is, doesn't really exist. The picture is an admitted hoax, created by manipulating the color palette of an image of a white lion (which does exist) photographed at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Voila, all-black lion. 14. Real or Fake? Angolan Witch Spider Real Fake Correct Wrong Fake! This is just another digital manipulation. No such spider exists in real life. 15. Real or Fake? Orchid Resembles Monkey Face Real Fake Correct Wrong Real! The flower is the species Dracula gigas (Dracula meaning "dragon," gigas meaning "giant") 16. Real or fake? Niagara Falls Frozen Over in Early 1900's Real Fake Correct Wrong Real! During an extended winter cold snap a hardened crust of ice can accumulate over parts of the falls — American Falls in particular — creating an amazing, naturally-formed ice sculpture that has been known to reach a thickness of 50 feet. Historically, when this blanket of ice has spanned the entire Niagara River, the phenomenon has been known as the "ice bridge." Just as you see in the photos, people used to stroll and frolic on and around the frozen falls and even walk across the ice bridge, though no one has been allowed to do the latter since 1912, when the bridge unexpectedly broke apart and three tourists died. 17. Real or Fake? Tiger Mom Adopts Piglets Real Fake Correct Wrong Real! This photo was taken at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand in 2004. 18. Real or Fake? Puppy With Heart Real Fake Correct Wrong Real! This may seem at first glance a story too cute to be true, but it's the real deal. According to news reports from multiple sources, "Heart-kun" the chihuahua was one of a litter born on May 18, 2007 at Pucchin Dog's shop in Odate, northern Japan. Owner Emiko Sakurada has been quoted as saying that out of 1,000 puppies she has bred, Heart-kun is the only one with such a mark. Locals believe that playing with the puppy brings good luck. Can You Spot the Hoaxes? You got: % Correct. True Believer Getty / photo by MarcMa from Taiwan You're a trusting soul (some might say gullible). But there's nothing wrong with wanting to live in a world where anything's possible! Share Your Results Can You Spot the Hoaxes? You got: % Correct. Wishful Thinker Getty Images/ Credit: Manuela Schewe-Behnisch / EyeEm. The world would be a much better place if more people had your mix of savvy and optimism. Share Your Results Can You Spot the Hoaxes? You got: % Correct. Know-It-All Getty/Credit: Buena Vista Images. You've got an eagle-eye for fakes, and you see things exactly as they are. No one's going to pull one over on you. Share Your Results Up Next Up Next Article The Shroud of Turin: Real or Fake? Up Next List The Escherian Stairwell - You Won't Believe Your Eyes! Up Next List Is This Photo of a "Monkey Orchid" for Real? Up Next List Is There Such a Thing as a "Rainbow Owl"?