Millions were disappointed after gullibly falling for an fake story indicating that "Harambe McHarambeface" won the naming contest for a baby gorilla at a Chinese zoo.
It all started when the crap-tacular Daily Mirror--who never checks the legitimacy of their sources--decided to pick up the story. The "source" was the fictitional "Boston Leader" news website, and the internet ran with it from there:
The truth quickly came out and hearts were broken everywhere...
...and though we might not have a Harambe McHarambeface YET, you can still show your support and buy your "McHarambeface" t-shirt here:
IGN Editor Gav Murphy was lucky enough to get to attend the Star Wars premiere in London, and decided it was the perfect opportunity to get back at his buddy who consistently spoils tv shows. Well played, Gav.
Paige Yore got the attention of the internet with a viral video post about her customer service experience at Walmart. The uplifting story included hugs, a screaming customer, a mother's suicide and a reminder to help those in need. Now it turns out that it was all fake.
Today, we have Walmart to thank for bringing us all down from the faith in humanity high. After several inquiries about the poor cashier from the community of Pueblo, CO, where this story allegedly took place, Walmart decided to investigate.
What they found was a pretty boring day. The closest thing to an altercation seemed to be a customer who had an issue with a language barrier, which was quickly and politely resolved.
The good news? That cashier's mom is okay everybody!
For anyone who loathes those horrible YouTube "social experiments," today is a glorious day.
Adrian Gee filmed a "social experiment" where he pretended to be a blind man to see if people would be dishonest when he asked for change. But the video was found to be a total lie when actors who said they were hired to be in the video came forward.
In a delightfully cringe-worthy video above, a journalist from TodayTonight called him out in a TV interview. Gee continued to lie and say the video was real, and then ended the interview abruptly.
But he did have something to say in a lengthy YouTube comment where he basically says that he lied, but it was all to troll TV networks.
I came up with the idea and thought it'd turn out to be an interesting video to shoot IF I could get a just a few people to take my $50. I contemplated on going to a bad area (which could be considered as 'The Hood' for anyone reading from the U.S) to shoot to get the reactions I needed but I took a second thought and thought to myself 'Why risk going out in 'The Hood' to lose some cash when I could just grab a few actors and get the shots that would be needed' So I decided to try it out and put a casting call out for actors to shoot a social experiment. I asked a few actors that applied and asked them if they were down and a majority of them were interested and enthused about the idea.
After the video was up I have had a majority of the actors involved message me saying they loved the video it wasn't until I accepted invitations from the media for TV interviews that is when all of this went south. I had the top 3 TV networks in Australia basically fighting over me pressing for a TV interview. Initially I wasn't going to do any but then I reconsidered and thought to myself 'Why not?' as most of the stuff they put out to air are all lies what difference will this make. After all this is just a silly YouTube video that's intended to make you think. I basically 'trolled' everyone through the interviews via Channel 7 & Channel 9 (Channel 10 were smart and pretty much knew the video was staged and decided to back out from the interview).
SUUUUUREEEEE...Adrian Gee. How about this?
You were caught in a lie and your other dumb videos are probably fake, too.
In the age of the Internet and viral news stories, people will believe anything.
With a crazy idea that makes you think "Hmmm...that could actually be believable," you can convince the public of just about whatever you want.
This brings us to Rumblr, a soon-to-be mobile app dubbed the "Tinder of street fighting." The app, which supposedly allows users to match with other people in their area who want to fist fight, was featured on over 200 blogs and websites this week.
Turns out, this was just a stupid marketing stunt to launch a creative agency. Not even a cool marketing stunt.
"Rumblr started as a portfolio project to help us launch our creative consulting agency, von Hughes. We're a team of college dropouts with backgrounds in marketing, design, and engineering. Rumblr came about organically as a funny idea amongst a group of friends, but quickly budded into an opportunity to showcase our branding skills."
Oh good, crazy Jaoquin Phoenix is back.
On the "Late Show with David Letterman" Monday night, Phoenix got into an insane yoga position called "harness of the hog" and then casually dropped some very big news: that he was getting married to his yoga instructor.
But it turned out that whole part about getting engaged was a lie to make his story sound more interesting.
"I think like my life's so boring, and it seemed like something exciting to talk about, and I wanted the audience to like me," he told Good Morning America. "They really like people getting married."
Several years ago, a bearded Phoenix was a guest on Letterman in one of the most bizarre interviews of late night TV. The whole thing turned out to be a very elaborate hoax.