4. Pictures about shocking and frightening events get shared a lot.
The infamous World Trade Centre “Tourist Guy” was actually a Hungarian man who edited a picture he’d taken years before as a joke for friends.
8. Or just because it looks cool.
Not an island in Ireland - a German castle stuck on top of a Thai rock formation.
16. Or a film. A film that even used this as a promotional image.
The Statue of Liberty right now - | #sandy
The Day After Tomorrow, not Hurricane Sandy.
17. In fact, you can normally just find a picture of anything vaguely similar and misattribute it.
Hurricane Sandy approaching New York.
Also not Sandy - just a thunderstorm from the year before.
These pictures always make good fake hurricanes. They get wheeled out pretty much any time there’s a big one.
They’re actually supercell thunderstorms, which look a lot more interesting than real hurricanes.
18. If there’s a tear-jerking story that can go alongside the picture, so much the better.
A Boy Who Chained His Bike To A Tree In 1914 To Fight In A War And Never Returned.
The bike is real, but was abandoned in the 1950s - the story of its owner going off to war is fictional.
19. Or an inspiring message always goes down well.
Mind Blowing Facts
This is how #India looks like from outer space on Diwali Night. Happy Diwali to entire world. Wish you brightness. Pic
Really a false-colour composite of images taken over the course of a decade, showing how the distribution of light in India changed over time. Which is actually much cooler than the fake caption.