There are countless manipulated images online. These images are tweaked and re-touched and turned into something else entirely. Then there are photos that are simply mislabeled. Without any further contest, it would have been completely feasible for us to believe that this picture really was taken in a Delhi photocopy shop.
Luckily, the internet is a worldwide thing, which means that this picture was bound to eventually be found by a whistleblower. When it comes to this famous wall in Pesaro, Italy, it wasn’t hard to get to the truth. A native Italian spotted it in a second and reached out to correct the misinformation.
The Mysterious Disappearance
When the product you buy has its picture on the package, you usually expect the item to look the way it does in the picture. However, it should be pretty safe to say no one would expect this box of pizza to produce a pie with a missing slice. No, it's not Pacman-style pizza; it's just incomplete pizza! Or so we thought!
This person posted a picture of their frozen pizza that very much resembled the image on the box. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the brand, or any frozen pizza for that matter, knows very well that this would never happen. They clearly sliced out a piece, as this Reddit user wisely pointed out.
Don't Censor Me
Being invited to a corporation that makes headlines day in and day out is a great honor. But the problem with great honor is that if you don't handle it well enough it can turn into a great burn. Like this burn on Twitter, which revealed one reporter's ignorance to the vast plains of the internet.
When you're dealing with tech tycoons like Elon Musk, it's tempting for many journalists to spill the tea on all the ins and outs of the cutting-edge industry. Unfortunately, this woman tried to accuse Musk of something that never happened. The SpaceX CEO made sure he got his point across about what goes public.
Where'd Ya Get That Sling?
It's great to get sympathy when you're feeling hurt; if you're really hurt, that is. For some reason, this Reddit user felt it was necessary to seek out sympathy for an attack that never happened! You know what? To make it seem like less of Munchausen syndrome, we'll give her the benefit of the doubt and say that the attack did happen and the only lie here is the picture.
What's even stranger, she deemed a stock image for an Amazon sling ad as the most credible source of proof and simply blacked out the face to remain anonymous. Needless to say, she was caught out.
Stick to Your Story
A lot of people love reinventing themselves behind the safety of a screen. That is how we got the MTV hit reality show "Catfish." You know, the show where people who met online get to see each other in person and realize (most of the time) that their online friend has been lying about their identity the whole time.
Generally, though, people with an online alter ego stick to one idea. It can get pretty messy to keep creating different identities, especially on a single social media account. This Redditor must have forgotten their alias, or they were just seeking attention. Who knows, really, but they were definitely busted big time.