The Last Time They Were Seen Alive

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Sneaky Shark

A slideshow of viral images purporting to show ordinary, hapless people milliseconds before they met their doom. Watch out!. R.J. Mataleone / Worth1000.com

Above: Just your typical American family on a scuba diving holiday, right? When this couple's son looked into the viewfinder of his underwater camera just before snapping the picture, this is what he saw — minus the Photoshopped shark, I mean. Truth is, this is a tragedy that never happened. Status: Fake

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Photobombed by a Ghost

Via forwarded email

According to the original caption, this is a tourist snapshot taken in the Sundarbans, a national park in Bangladesh, in 2003. Moments after it was snapped, the young subject, a college student, screamed, fainted, and was rushed to a hospital, where he died two days later. As it turns out, the "ghost" that appears in this photo had already been a familiar figure on the Internet for years. Status: Fake

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Say Hello to a Hungry Crocodile!

Viral image via Facebook

The above snapshot was supposedly taken in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana during the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac in August 2010. However, the original photo, sans crocodile, dates from 2009 and was actually snapped during similarly catastrophic flooding in Vladivostok, Russia. Status: Fake

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The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

Via forwarded email

This proud elk hunter showing off his kill for the camera appears to be utterly oblivious to the carnivorous predator sneaking up behind him. Fortunately for said hunter, the hungry mountain lion, though real, was inserted into the image at a later date. Status: Fake

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Mid-Air Plane Collision

Via forwarded email

In one more second, all of these terrified airline passengers will be sucked out of the back of the disintegrating plane -- or would have been, that is, if this photo were genuine and not a screen capture from the pilot episode of a well-known TV series of the mid-2000s. Remember Lost? Now you know why it looks so familiar! Status: Fake

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Humpback Whale Swallows Kayaker

Copyright Tim Shobe

Yes, the subject of this photo does appear to be a careless kayaker paddling right between the wide-open jaws of a gigantic humpback whale. Did this really happen? Nope. The photo montage was created as a joke by Sitka, Alaska photographer Tim Shobe in 2010. Status: Fake

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The Unlucky Tourist of 9/11

Via forwarded email

As the story goes, the above photo came from a roll of film recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center shortly after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. While it's true that the guy in the snapshot was a real tourist, and it was really taken during a rooftop tour of one of the World Trade Center towers, the actual photo dates from well before 9/11/01. The jetliner was inserted after the fact to create one of the most widely circulated hoaxes in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Status: Fake

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And You Think YOU'RE Having a Bad Day?

Via forwarded email

To all appearances, this unlucky naval scuba diver is truly about to meet his doom — and not a nice doom. However, in the original U.S. Air Force photograph shot in San Francisco bay near the Golden Gate Bridge, there is no great white shark to be seen. "Jaws" was a later addition to this composite image. Were you among the thousands of Internet users fooled by it? Status: Fake

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The Ghost Under the Bed

Via forwarded email

The sleeping girl in this viral image appears oblivious to the terrifying specter lurking right under her mattress. If this looks like a scene from some mediocre horror film, well, that's because it is. The Unborn, produced in Thailand, was released in 2003. In fact, the DVD cover features this selfsame image. Gotcha! Status: Fake