I can't tell you how many times my mom has excitedly sent me a YouTube video only for me to reveal to her that the video is a fake. The world of Internet prank videos is pervasive and we are all prey. The only way to operate in our world is fake until proven true. How many of these have you fallen for?
Dennis Quaid's Epic Meltdown
Everyone was worried that Dennis Quaid was a total dick. But it turns out he was just doing a spoof with Funny Or Die. Now that I watch the original video, I can't help but laugh every time. Some people on Reddit have suggested that Quaid's blow up was real and that this was just a cover up. If that was actually true, I'd hand it to Quaid for one extremely well crafted cover up.
Pig Saves Baby Goat
This heartwarming video of a pig saving a baby goat that appears to be drowning is a total fake. It caught the attention of the Internet and news media until revealed by Comedy Central that it was actually a stunt performed by comedic reality series, Nathan For You. The show’s premise is giving struggling businesses somewhat unusual, and arguably bad advice. In this specific episode, he tells a petting zoo that they need to stage this event in order to drive traffic to the zoo. Lucky for him, the video really does go viral.
eHarmony Girl Loves Cats
Meet Debbie. She loves cats and she’s single and looking. Or so we all thought. This eHarmony video bio was all a lie. Cara Hartmann is her real name and she’s an actor. She recorded it as a joke for her sister and probably didn’t realize how big it would get. We all just loved the lady who loved cats.
Twerking Girl Set On Fire
In the midst of the twerking craze, the girl setting herself on fire while twerking seemed like the perfect warning to the troubled youth of the nation that indeed twerking really does kill. Unfortunately for our seemingly vindicated grandparents, Jimmy Kimmel fooled us again and he revealed that he was actually behind the video.
Hacking Times Square
This video explained that he invented a way to take over any television screen he wanted to with a video transmitter. Of course though, this was a fake. A viral marketing company, Thinkmodo, revealed to the New York Times that they were behind it, and did it to promote a new movie coming out.
Here are a few other viral videos debunked.