5 Viral Hoaxes We Fell For In 2013
Catfishing, epic twerk fails...the Internet fell for some pretty elaborate and FAKED stories this year.
You never know what's true or not these days thanks to the Internet and people who have too much time on their hands. You saw the outraged "SMH"'s alongside shared stories of the stiffed NJ Waitress and the Thanksgiving "plane fight" on Facebook or Twitter. Some of you might have shared these made-up stories yourself. Here are some of the best (worst?) Internet hoaxes we fell for in 2013.
Manti Te'o Catfishing Hoax
Everyone now knows what catfishing is thanks to Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o's online-dating hoax involving his "dead" "girlfriend." Early 2013, Deadspin broke the news that Te'o's longtime online love who allegedly died never existed in the first place. The elaborate hoax was carried out by his friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who apologized and said he was in love with the linebacker.
Jimmy Kimmel's "Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire" Prank
Back in September, late night host Jimmy Kimmel pulled off an epic prank on America that featured a video of a girl twerking upside down, falling and catching on fire. The first video was posted on YouTube and quickly went viral with 9 million views in one week. Some called it "the world's worst twerking fail" and others blamed Miley Cyrus for injecting twerking into the mainstream. Turns out it was all a FAKE -- the talking head orchestrated the whole thing with a stunt woman. Here Kimmel shows how he pulled it off:
Thanksgiving plane fight between "Diane" and Elan Gale
I sent the lady a glass of wine and a note pic.twitter.com/GttnmQI25P— elan gale (@theyearofelan) November 28, 2013
Kid's letter to Santa with HTML link
Mashable posted a squiggly, crayoned letter from an adorable tyke who wrote a letter to Santa containing an Amazon link to the gift he wanted. Our hearts melted into a puddle of snow until we found out that the letter was actually posted by Twitter user @Gequeoman. Also, as it turns out, a comedian posted it to the blog The Inclusive in 2011.
Dear Santa pic.twitter.com/715ZYRsr1n— Gequeoman (@Gequeoman) November 29, 2013
Did you fall for any online pranks this year?