35 Viral News Stories From 2014 That Were Actually Totally Untrue

The internet sits on a throne of lies.

2. You cannot charge your iPhone 6 by putting it in the microwave because that will actually destroy your iPhone and your microwave.

4. Pumpkin spice-flavoured condoms were not a thing.

6. That “Drunk Girl in Public” video was a hoax.

 

7. Emma Watson’s nude photos were never going to leak online.

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13. This wasn’t a photo from the polar vortex that hit the US in January.

Lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Chicago today. Man.

— John Heilemann (@jheil)

20. Red-headed people did not face extinction.

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27. The Turin shroud was not created by a radioactive earthquake.

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31. Malia Obama: not pregnant.

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35. And nobody actually said “fuck her right in the pussy” on live TV, because it was a hoax, except then people started saying it anyway, so now it is real again.

update

This post has been updated from 27 things to 35 things, to reflect the fact that we remembered a load of other stuff that wasn’t true in 2014.

The list is still not exhaustive.

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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