If you don’t follow Japanese pop groups closely, this one might be new to you. If you don’t, and it isn’t, well, we don’t know what to say. Anyway, the group AKB48 added the member Aimi Eguchi, debuting her in a video that had a lot of people wondering about her odd lack of on-screen charisma.
The J-Pop-loving public was understandably surprised when it was revealed that Aimi Eguchi wasn’t a real person. Instead, she was a simulated creation that combined the “best” features of the six other members of the group. Sure, Aimi looks pretty, but you can tell a little something is off, even from a still image.
The seventies and eighties had plenty of famous lounge singers, but Tony Clifton wasn't your normal garden variety. He got famous for insulting his audiences and acting in a disgruntled manner whenever he was on stage. While Andy Kaufman said that Clifton was a real person, it's hard to believe such a famous prankster on something like that.
Yes, Clifton was a persona made up by Kaufman, but the character endured past Kaufman's death in 1984. Kaufman's close friend Bob Zmuda portrayed him, along with numerous others, which keeps rumors swirling about Kaufman still being alive. Well, he is alive, and he's been writing this article the whole time.
Hengist & Horsa
The story goes that a pair of brothers by the names of Hengist and Horsa emigrated to Britain from Denmark in the fifth century. The brothers became Anglo-Saxon leaders, fought in numerous battles, and Hengist was even cunning enough to become a leader – what one might call a king.
However, as you might be able to guess, information about these two figures are pretty sporadic and hard to trust, and there are contradictory accounts about the adventures they got up to. We don't really know what to believe – the brothers could have even come from FINLAND! Is there nothing worth believing anymore?
It was never assumed there was a single woman named Tokyo Rose, who spread English-language propaganda across the radio waves across the Pacific Ocean to North America in an attempt to dispirit Americans. This was really going on, and the propaganda has been recorded, but there was more than just one woman.
In reality, there were a large number of women making these reports, as well as plenty of others behind the scenes – Tokyo Rose was just the name that the soldiers, government officials, and civilians gave to the women as a whole. The name was never used by any one broadcaster.
Lonelygirl15 was a blog series that showed the mundane life of homeschooled girl Bree Avery, who realizes her parents are part of a strange cult. She goes on the run with her friend Daniel...but it was all a hoax. Well, more accurately, it was fiction. Bree was played by actress Jessica Rose, nineteen years old.
While it wasn't that hard to figure out, there were still plenty of watchers who felt betrayed by this revelation, which came when someone messaged “Bree” and traced the IP address to that of Creative Artists Agency, where the creator, Amanda Goodfried, worked. It was the first star for the small site YouTube and called into question the veracity of vloggers at the time.