4 Famous Photographs That Are Actually Fake

The Web often surprises us with clever photo manipulations. Some users make fun of them; others just distrust them.

Nominee without a nomination

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This is one of the oldest and most notorious viral photos of all time. It made a good deal of hullabaloo when it appeared on the Internet, yet it's actually two unrelated pictures masterfully merged together. The irony is that it was National Geographic's reputation that suffered the most from its appearance: the picture often had a caption stating it was chosen as "National Geographic Photo of the Year."

The island castle or the castle island

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A short yet mesmerizing caption, The Castle Island, Ireland, doesn't leave you a choice: you just long to drop everything and go to Dublin to see this miracle of architecture for yourself. Alas, it's no more real than Neverland. This is good old Photoshop, but it's so good it made millions believe it.


A fruit to die for

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It's been several years now since summer began with the hype around this unusual treat. It has many names: blue, moon, Chinese, Japanese... All the sadder that it doesn't really exist.

Fear makes the bear bigger than he is

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This photo makes you smile in spite of yourself. Emergencies do happen during wildlife shooting, but this is not the case: look at the shape of the bear's head and a patch of grass on its right front paw. Unfortunately, if you believed this picture to be authentic, we have to disappoint you: it's Photoshopped.