20 Fake Images That Fooled The World

Buddhist Monastery

This impressive photograph claimed to show an intricate carving of Buddha in the middle of a huge spire that extends hundreds of feet in the air at the Ngyen khag Taktsang Buddhist monastery in Bhutan. While the structures themselves are perfectly real, the carving has been placed onto the rock using Photoshop software.

Oprah Winfrey TV Guide Cover

With Oprah Winfrey rising to stardom, she became one of the richest TV stars in the country. This cover for the TV Guide tried to show how glamorous the hugely successful personality was, although it was later discovered to be a mashup. Ann-Margret’s fashion designer recognized the dress from the image and realized that Winfrey’s head had been superimposed onto the body of actress Ann-Margret.

Breath Powered Flying Machine

This picture originally appeared in the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung magazine in 1934 as an April Fool’s joke. According to the accompanying article, it showed a brand new invention that allowed people to fly through the air using the power of the person blowing into it. Due to translation issues though, the apparent photograph was picked up by several news agencies in the United States and ran as a genuine invention.

General Ulysses S. Grant

One of the most famous images of Ulysses S. Grant is of him appearing in front of soldiers on horseback at City Point, Virginia during the American Civil War. The man, who would later go on to be president, never actually posed for this photograph. It is actually a mashup of several different photographs, with the head taken from Grant, put onto the body of General Alexander M. Cook and displayed over a background of prisoners at Fisher’s Hill.