Put on your gullibility cap. Here are 34 jokes – from alien autopsies to left-handed whoppers – that people actually believed in.
1. The One-Question Psychopath Test
During her mother's funeral, a girl meets a man she doesn't know. She immediately falls in love with the guy and a few days later this girl kills her own sister. What is your motive to kill your sister? If you replied that she hoped this guy would show up at her sister's funeral, think like a psychopath, as a real psychological test from a famous psychologist proves. The only problem is that it's not a question of a real psychological test done by a famous psychologist. It's just an internet joke you probably received in a forwarded email.
2. A televised alien autopsy
Pretty much every vlogger here on the internet has a lot to do with a fake, homeschooled video blogger named Bree, whose family happened to be members of a murderous cult. Lonelygirl15 went up in 2006 and quickly won over 100,000 YouTube subscribers, which was a lot at the time. However, a stabbing operation by some of her fans revealed a connection between the project and a talent agency in Hollywood. It turns out that Bree was a 20-year-old actress named Jessica Rose and the entire series was written as a screenplay. It was still two years after his cover was inflated, which proves that its popularity wasn't just because people thought it was real.
4. The Cardiff Giant
In 1869, a 10-foot stone giant was uncovered while workers were digging a well in Cardiff, New York. The owner of the New York farm, William Newell, began charging tourists $ 0.50 each to see this spectacle, later discovered as a joke and staged by his cousin, a cigar maker named George Hull has been. In reality, this so-called petrified giant was just a piece of plaster carved into the shape of a man, the production of which Hull cost about $ 3,000.
Hull tried to divert the debt by telling a newspaper that the scheme was necessary to make some money for his family. But despite the deception, he made some money on the whole thing and eventually sold the wrong giant for around $ 23,000 (Newell fetched $ 9,500 for his share). That wasn't even Hull's only fake: later, with the help of P.T. a similar but less successful stunt in Colorado. Barnum with a forgery of Darwin's "missing link".
5. Jarno Smeets Flies
Jarno Smeets uploaded a video to YouTube in March 2012 in which he put on wings and then flew through the sky. It turned out that Smeets was not a bird man, but an animator named Floris Kaayk, who later confessed to the joke on Dutch television.
6. Camel Spiders
When the second war in Iraq was just beginning, a photo of a gigantic camel spider appeared – this was sent in emails and asked for sympathy for the troops. In this email, it was claimed that carnivorous spiders could torture US troops, run 25 miles an hour, and jump 3 feet in the air. These spiders exist and are large, but not quite as large as . In addition, they do not run that fast and cannot jump at all. Rest, arachnophobe.
7. Napoleon crashes the stock exchange
In 1814, during the Napoleonic Wars, a colonel-dressed man walked through London and claimed that Napoleon was dead and the Bourbons had won the war. The news caused UK stock prices to rise before returning to normal when it turned out that Napoleon was not dead. Lord Thomas Cochrane, the man who benefited from the stock fraud, was subsequently arrested for fraud.
8. Microsoft buys the Catholic Church
In 1994 it went wild when an Internet press release circulated that Microsoft had acquired "the Roman Catholic Church in exchange for an unspecified number of common shares of Microsoft". The press release was obviously wrong, but Microsoft had to make an official statement ensuring that the sacraments would not be available online soon.
9. Fairy Bones
A widespread email in 2007 claimed that a mummified 8-inch fairy with descriptions of wings, teeth, hollow bones and pictures was found in a garden in Derbyshire, England. Many people hoped that we had finally found Tinker Bell, but it was a joke that was done by a professional illusion designer.
10. Fairy photos
This is also not the first fairy dizziness; Perhaps the most famous was the Cottingley fairies, taken in by two young girls who "prove" the existence of fairies in 1917. The fairies turned out to be cardboard cutouts because, as you know, no Photoshop.
11. The Mechanical Turk
In the 19th century, the Mechanical Turk in Hungary surprised everyone with his ability to play smart chess against human opponents and often won. It even hit Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon. But it was a joke – it turned out that there was a man inside all the time controlling him.
12. The Fiji Mermaid
The Fiji Mermaid, allegedly discovered by an English doctor (only known as "Dr. J. Griffin"), was a much-discussed joke in the mid-19th century. Many came to see it and were immediately disappointed with its lack of beauty, which makes sense considering the mermaid was just a paper mache monkey attached to a fish bed.
13. Not The Missing Link
In 1912, Charles Dawson found a series of skull fragments that his team had put together to reveal the Piltdown Man. This finished skull would essentially serve as evidence of evolution by following the description of half human, half monkey. The scientists were rightly skeptical: the skull of Piltdown Man actually consisted of the bones of three different types.
14. Marathons made easy
In 1904 Frederick Lorz won the marathon at the Summer Olympics … somehow. Lorz stopped after nine miles, got a car ride from his manager for the next eleven, and when the car broke down, he went back to the Olympic Stadium and still won the marathon. Then he went on to say it was all a joke, but only when people accused him of not running the entire race.
15. Crop circles
Alien crop circles are pretty common jokes these days, even in M. Night Shyamalan films. That's all thanks to Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, who cut the first of many nests with flying saucers on an English wheat field in 1976.
16. The War of the Worlds
In 1938 Orson Welles went on CBS radio and read out The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, but in a standard message format. Confused listeners believed they were listening to a report of an actual alien invasion in the United States, and this unintentional joke was so credible that some people initially tried (but failed) to sue CBS for mental agony.
Ready for a double joke? The accepted knowledge that people panicked about the show may not be real.
17th Operation Copperhead
A joke was actually used to ensure D-Day's success in World War II. Ten days before the fighting in Normandy began, the British used the actor-soldier M. E. Clifton James, a General Monty Montgomery, to distract the Germans through top-class appearances in Gibraltar. It is not clear whether the deception had much impact beyond the confusion, but M. E. Clifton James later played both himself and Montgomery in a film that dramatized the joke.
18th The left-handed whopper
Has Burger King announced a whopper especially for hungry people with dominant left hands? Yes. It was a real joke with right-handed whopper eaters in the arms. Burger King said they turned spices 180 ° for their left-handed customers, but that turned out to be an April Fool's joke, although customers showed up and asked for it.
19th Hitler's Diaries
These Hitler Diaries that were bought by a German news magazine for $ 6 million? Hmm … actually not Hitler's diaries.
20. Pope Joan
And I'm sorry, everyone, but Pope Joan, the pope who casually went to work during a procession, is a folk joke. There has never been a female pope.
21. Home remedies for burns
Despite everything you've heard on the Internet, protein, flour and butter don't heal burns. In fact, butter helps store heat in the skin, which is really not good for burns. However, these ingredients are great for baking if you want to turn your burns into cookies.
22. Balloon Boy
Balloon Boy was in the attic the entire time his family claimed he was on a crazy balloon ride. The wildest part? They did the stunt to try and shoot a reality TV show.
23. A scripture that predicts 9/11
Repeat after me. The Wingdings computer script did not predict 9/11. Yes, if you enter "Q33NY" you will get an airplane, towers (more like rectangles), a skull and a star of David. But no, Q33 was not the flight number of one of the planes.
24. Triple Gargoyles
There are no triple gargoyles. Hurricane Lili's photo was processed.
25. Andy Kaufman is still alive
He is not. Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Tupac, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison are also definitely dead.
26. And Paul McCartney is dead
He lives! Despite the perennial joke machine that spins to mourn people who are still with us, the Beatles bassist is still alive and kicking and has a wonderful Christmas time. Gen Simmons, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Garth Brooks, Eddie Murphy, Tony Danza, Justin Bieber and Dave Matthews.
27. The Masked Marauders
Regarding Paul McCartney, the Masked Marauders – an album with a collaboration between him, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and John Lennon – was the subject of a satirical article in . Rolling Stone much to the disappointment of many fans.
28. Charging your iPod with an onion
You cannot charge your iPod with electrolytes. The YouTube video was a joke; Stop Yahoo! Answer and plug your iPod into bulbs!
29. The Blair Witch Project
The cinematic story of a trio who went into the forest to find a witch made everyone wonder if the footage found was real business.
30. Paranormal Activity
It is surprising that a movie could make it years after Blair Witch but many viewers bought it wholesale, which is probably because it happens even then is still scary you know it's fiction.
The original fake of horror reality. Ghostwatch was borrowed from the War of the Worlds and used the message format to make people think ghosts were very, very real.
32. YouTube Shuts Down
YouTube does not shutdown to select a winner of the best video ever. That was an April Fool's joke. We also all know that Mental Floss would win.
33. Facebook is considering charging customers
Facebook is not considering charging, because who would pay for it?
34. LASIK surgery at home
And finally, this should go without saying: Do not trust a website that offers you a device for LASIK surgery at home to do it yourself. You may not be buying anything online that will get lasers in your eyes. Just appreciate Lasik @ Home as a joke, everyone.
More jokes that have fooled the public can be found in the full video below.