As much as we’d love everyone to tell the truth and be upfront and straight all the time, unfortunately it just doesn’t happen. 2014, like all the many years before it, was jam-packed with lies, pranks and hoaxes. Let’s run through 12 of the biggest that you might have fallen for this year:
Set up by the website Huzlers, this celebrity lie claimed that the West Coast rapper, who was shot dead when he was just 25, was in fact very much alive. The story had it that he’d been in hiding but had stepped back into the limelight and had been photographed with such eminent stars as Beyonce. Unfortunately for music fans everywhere, Tupac did die. And so did Biggie.
Mermaid Washes Up On Beach!
Another internet hoax, this story claims a real-life mermaid washed up on a beach and offered irrefutable proof of their existence. However, after a wee bit of digging, it became clear that the ‘mermaid’ was in fact a prop from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies…
Shark Week is now an integral part of the TV calendar. This year’s feast on The Discovery channel presented ‘evidence’ that there was a rare species of shark that was big enough to snack on killer whales roaming the ocean. Experts were quick to point out that the channel was wrong and that such sharks had become extinct some million years ago.
Talking a Load of Hot Air(bags)
Airbag manufacturer Takata and car manufacturer Toyota covered themselves in some shame this year after lying about – and attempted to cover up – tests which showed that millions of Takata airbags fitted in Toyotas were dangerous and had been responsible for many injuries and even deaths worldwide.
3 Boobs Are Better Than Two!
Floridian breast fan Alisha Jasmine Hessler claimed this year to have had cosmetic surgery to have a third breast implanted onto her chest. The story went viral and tricked everyone, including major worldwide newspapers. Alisha’s trick was uncovered when her luggage needed to be searched at an airport and the fake booby was uncovered!
Kim Doesn’t ‘Break The Internet’
When hipster magazine secured a racy photoshoot with Kanye West’s new wife, they confidently predicted that they’d ‘break the internet’. Which turned out to be a bit of a lie. Sure, we all saw the silly photos, but who really cared?
There were all sorts of lies this year from LA Clippers owner Don about his steamy private life. Too bad he thought he was being true when he said all those nasty racist things. 🙁
Putin On The Fibs
Remember earlier in the year when Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed that he had no troops in Ukraine? Yeah, right!
Central Lies Agency
‘This country does not torture people’. More lies from the head of one of the biggest countries on Earth…
Rolling Stone Gathers No Research
A sensational story about sexual assualts on university campuses across the country had Rolling Stone eager to type and print. Unfortunately, the magazine was less keen to research and it then transpired that the story was a huge hoax.
Shaw You Did…
USC football player Josh Shaw missed some games due to two sprained ankles. How did he sprain them? He reckons it was because he jumped from a two floor balcony. Which turned out to be true. Except not to save his young nephew from drowning in the pool below as he claimed. It was to escape the police after they were called during a blazing row with his other half.
Secretly Rubbish Service
The Secret Service tried their best to cover up the true story behind the war veteran Omar Gonzalez’s knife-wielding White House appearance. Trouble is, their best wasn’t good enough and the story leaked.