1. The “purple trees” in Fairy Pools, Scotland.
The truth: It’s pretty, but alas, it’s a Photoshop. None of those trees are purple, nor Scottish; the photo is actually of Shotover River in New Zealand. See here for the complete debunking.
2. Blue “moonmelon.”
According to the caption: “This fruit grows in some parts of Japan, and is known for its vibrant blue color. What you probably don’t know about this fruit is that it can switch flavors after you eat it. Everything sour will taste sweet, everything salty will taste bitter, and it gives water a strong orange-like taste.”
The truth: Uh…. Photoshop.
3. Baby polar bear.
According to the caption: Usually listed as “brand new baby polar bear” or “cute polar bear.
The truth: It’s not a real bear. It’s a stuffed bear that you can buy a pattern to make on Etsy. It IS cute, though.
4. “Rainbow owl.”
The truth: Just a regular owl with some pretty Photoshop accessorizing.
5. The “tree of life.”
According to the caption: It’s a mystical tree in India or Africa.
The truth: It’s a fake tree at Animal Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
6. “Ngyen khag taktsang monastery in Bhutan.”
The truth:: The tree spires are real, but that Buddha carved into the side? Totally Photoshopped.
7. Rainbow snake.
The truth: Not really rainbow-y; the real image is on the right.
9. “Fennec hare.”
The truth: It’s a Photoshopped kitten, originally posted as an April Fools’ joke on Worth 1000.
10. Rainbow lemons.
According to the caption: “Inject food coloring into lemons to make them different colors!”
The truth: Uh… Photoshop.
11. Fetus foot.
The truth: There’s no way the outline of a baby’s foot could be seen through the uterus and muscle issue of a woman’s pregnant belly.
12. The “castle island” in Dublin, Ireland.
The truth: Another April Fool’s prank from Worth 1000, who Photoshopped a German castle onto one of the Khao Phing Kan islands in Thailand.
13. The “forgotten temple of Lysistrata.”
The truth: It’s a composite of the Algar Seco cave in Portugal and the Pantheon in Rome.
14. “Moon & Star Island.”
The truth: The crescent-shaped island is Molokini, located between the islands of Maui and Kahoolawe, Hawaii. The star is a Photoshop addition.
- The family of Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell in July three days after she was detained during a traffic stop, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.
- Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean have exceeded 2,000, making 2015 the deadliest year for people trying to reach Europe, according to the International Organization for Migration.
- At least 24 homes have been lost and one firefighter killed as dozens of wildfires continue to ravage drought-stricken California.