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Giant dogs, tigers for sale and money give-aways are just some of the craziest hoaxes of all time. Take a look at what has popped up on the web through the years...
Internet site www.buytigers.com started appearing everywhere, claiming they sold the big felines for $13,400 each. People were up in arms, but of course the site is nothing but a prank. Still, it's not been taken down!
When this image of Bill Gates started circulating on Facebook, many believed the technology magnate was indeed going to share his billion fortune. Of course he wasn't. This was no more than another internet prank. Were you one of the many who shared this image on your Facebook wall?
PC Computing journalist John Dvorak started this prank one April Fool's Day claiming that the US government was working on a bill to stop people surfing online when they'd had a few drinks. This was clearly a joke, but people took it so seriously that Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts had to issue a statement denying the story.
Internet giant Google decided to post a prank for April's Fool claiming that YouTube had been nothing but a search for the best online video of all times and that the site was going to be taken down on 1 April 2013. This was of course just a joke and YouTube is still in existence.
This hoax was considered the very first in the internet world and fooled many. In 1994 rumours started circulating that Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was going to buy the Catholic Church for shares in his technology company. This was immediately denied by both Microsoft and the Roman Catholic Church, but not before it caused quite a stir worldwide.
One of the first photo internet pranks. In 2001 this scary image of a shark jumping up towards a helicopter and almost catching a person began circulating online claiming it was the National Geographic 'Photo Of The Year'. It wasn't. It was in fact made from two different images and passed off as one by a prankster!
A YouTube video explaining how to charge an iPod using only an onion and a Gatorade energy drink did the rounds with many people falling for it. The prank stated that the electrolytes in the energy drink could work like a charger. They couldn't, but several people tried!
When Canadian dad Cordell Hauglie doctored an image of himself holding a giant cat for the amusement of his daughter, he didn't realise what an internet sensation this was going to become! The image was sent to a few friends and family, but it was forwarded on and soon appeared everywhere. "I really had no intention of creating a hoax," said Cordell to the North Renfrew Times "I had no thought in my mind that anyone would ever believe this. We looked at it and thought, this is so preposterous."
In 2007 this picture of a giant dog named Hercules started popping up everywhere on the internet. There was indeed a dog named Hercules who was thought to be the biggest in the world, but it was not the mastiff in this photo and it was not as big as this one. The image was thought to be nothing more than a prank by somebody with good Photoshop skills.
This hoax has circulated several times over the years with Facebook and Twitter posts claiming that a new season of TV show Friends is in the making. It isn't!
This image of a shark tank collapsing at the Scientific Center in Kuwait started making the rounds on Facebook and was shared by almost 5,500 people. However upon a closer look at the image, it was immediately clear that this too had been doctored and was nothing more than another hoax.
A video of a golden eagle snatching a baby from the ground was posted on YouTube and watched by more than 5million horrified viewers in one day. Thankfully the footage was not real and a group of students admitted doing it as part of a workshop at the Centre NAD in Montreal, Canada. Picture: YouTube.
Recently a story claiming to be from NASA said that on 13 November 2013 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration would make an announcement that would change the world forever. Nobody at NASA could confirm this story, and although there is a sham website that claims to provide updates on the upcoming announcement, NASA is not affiliated with this. Picture: Instagram
This prank, known as 'Rickrolling' involved somebody posting a video too good not to click on, but when clicking on said media Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' would play instead. YouTube was bombarded with 'amazing' videos that turned out to be nothing more than the 80s hit. Many fell for it, including the New York Mets. The baseball team asked their fans to vote for a song to be played at their games to entertain the crowd. The prankster behind the 'Rickrolling' managed to rig the poll and post the Rick Astley's video on their site so when the Mets went to count the votes, the winning song was 'Never Gonna Give You Up'. Their fans were furious, but the baseball team saw the funny side.