Five Amazing Internet Hoaxes

  • 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.