Appearing shortly after 9/11, this picture was supposed to have been taken moments before a plane struck the World Trade Center. It spread like wildfire, but turned out to be nothing more than a clever photoshop job.
The video confessionals of a very cute, very lonely girl who claimed to be home-schooled by super religious parents got more than 110 million views before it was revealed to be a hoax put together by aspiring California filmmakers.
Two American radio DJs spread a rumor that Britney Spears had died after she and Justin Timberlake were involved in an accident with a pretzel van in New York. Dallas DJs Kramer and Twitch perpetrated the hoax with the help of a fake BBC web site. Hundreds of fans allegedly flooded police and fire departments with calls until Spears and the BBC stepped up to debunk the rumor.
Canadian Ashley Kirilow, 23, used Facebook and photos of herself with a shaved head to scam people into giving money to "Change for a Cure," which was really just...her. And she wasn't a cancer patient, either—probably just nuts.
This amazing photo of a storm cloud with three waterspouts spinning down into the ocean surfaced on the way sometime after 2002 and started circulating as a supposed "triple tornado" from Hurricane Lili, which hit Cuba in 1996. Like many amazing tornado photographs, it was a fraud; two of the 'spouts were 'shopped. Want to see some really amazing nature, try a double rainbow dude.