25 Biggest Lies Told On The Internet

Posted by on November 19, 2013

These days it can be hard to distinguish what is true and what isn’t. These are the 25 biggest lies told on the internet.


We're being sprayed with chemicals

This classic conspiracy theory revolves around the idea that airplane contrails are polluting the atmosphere for undisclosed and sinister purposes.


The little boy's bike

Supposedly left by a boy who went to war in 1914 and never returned, the tree grew around the bike. While it’s true that it was left by a boy, he didn’t go to war. Don Puz received the bike as a present after his family suffered a house fire and left it in a Washinton State forest for this tree to grow around it.


The reverse PIN

According to some sources, typing your PIN number into an ATM backwards will notify the police…in case you’re being robbed. If this were true it would really stink for those people with palindromic PINs


The spaceman in the cathedral

The New Cathedral in Salamanca does in fact have a space man carved into its exterior. This doesn’t mean aliens visited Earth though. It is the habit of masons like Jeronimo Garcia to “sign” their work with symbols of modernity.


Sudden strike of conscience

It is said that bullfighter Alvaro Munera had a sudden crisis of conscience in the middle of a bullfight. Although Alvaro did quit bullfighting eventually, this photo shows Javier Sanchez Vara showing he isn’t afraid of the bull.


A really big tumor

This is supposedly a picture taken in 1809 of Jane Todd Crawford who rode 60 miles on horseback to have Dr. Ephraim McDowell remove a 7 pound ovarian tumor successfully. While the story is actually true, the picture is not. While there is some dispute, photography did not exist in 1809.


Anna Mae

It has been circulated that Anna Mae Dickinson was touched personally by nearly every tragedy of the last 100 years from the Titanic to 9/11. Unfortunately, the newspaper alleged to have published the story (New York Intelligencer) doesn’t exist and neither does the woman. The picture is real though. It’s American folk artist Grandma Moses.


The relationship of Marilyn Monroe and John F Kennedy

Claimed to be a photo showing their secret relationship, this is actually part of artist Alison Jackson’s profile. She is famous for staged photos of celebrities.


There are more people alive now than have ever lived

Wrong, there are actually an estimated 107 billion people to have roamed the Earth. There are only 7 billion alive today.


Nigerian princes

It may be obvious to most of you but some people still fall for those emails from people claiming to be Nigerian princes. Nigeria doesn’t have princes. It has presidents.


Coca Cola invented Santa Claus

You probably didn’t even know that people thought this. But they do. And Santa Claus/Father Christmas/Kris Kringle was around long before the first Coke advertisement in the 1930s.


The wedding ring goes on the left ring finger because its the only vein that connects to the heart

All veins go the heart. That’s kind of where veins go.


Mayan calendar predicts end of world

First of all, this is the Aztec calendar, not the Mayan calendar. And second of all, neither one predicted the end of the world.


Toilets in Australia flush backwards

Although the Coriolis effect is real, it is much to weak to determine the direction your toilet water spins. This is 100% reliant on which direction it enters the bowl from.


The girl who thought her uncle was a serial killer

Not long ago a story hit the front page of reddit about a girl who thought her uncle was a serial killer. It was quickly debunked and proved to be a bunch of students from George Mason University doing it as part of a course.