About the Hoax Photo Database
The Hoax Photo Database catalogs examples of photo fakery, from the beginnings of photography up to the present. Included in the database are photos that are "real," but which have been suspected of being fake, as well as images whose veracity remains undetermined. The photos are displayed in chronological order (or reverse-chronological). They're categorized by theme, technique of fakery (if known), and time period. See below for the full list of categories.

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Angolan Witch Spider
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Date: 2011

Thankfully spiders don't actually get this large. The largest spiders in the world are only about as big as an adult human's hand.

The above image was created by artist/photographer/musician Paul Santa Maria in 2011 after he snapped a photo of a large wolf spider outside his Florida home. Twenty minutes of photoshopping later, he had transformed the normal-sized spider into a monster almost as large as his house.


The original image of a wolf spider that Paul Santa Marie used to create the hoax photo

He uploaded the photo to his Facebook page, intending it as a bit of photographic humor. He captioned it, "Sure You Want To Move To Florida?"

Within hours the image had gone viral, and soon the Internet had supplied the photo with a new, more alarming caption:
it's a new Spider call the Angolan Witch spider. They migrated from South America. They primarily eat dogs and cats In Texas this abnormally large spider was found on the side of this home. It took several gun shots to kill it.

"Angolan Witch Spider" is a creative name, but there is no such species in reality.
References:
  • Angolan Witch Spider - Giant Spider Hoax. Hoax-Slayer.com.
  • Technique: Composite Images. Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: viral images, Very Large Animals,.
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    Romney Gets A Shoeshine
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    Date: 2012
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    Romney Family Misspells Their Name
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    Date: Feb 2012
    Technique: . Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: Politics, viral images,.
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    A Black Lion
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    Date: 2012
    Technique: Color Adjustment. Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: Animals, Cats, viral images,.
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    Japanese Moon Melon
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    Date: 2012
    Technique: Color Adjustment. Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: Food, Plants, viral images,.
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    Angry Koala
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    Date: 2012
    Technique: Composite Images. Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: Animals, viral images,.
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    Fireworks Over Europe
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    Date: 2013
    Technique: False Captions. Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: viral images,.
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    Digital Glitch Furniture
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    Date: 2013
    Technique: . Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: viral images,.
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    What happens when lightning strikes sand
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    Date: 2013
    Technique: . Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: viral images,.
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    Fairy Pools
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    Date: Oct 2013


    This photo, identified as "The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland," started circulating online in Oct 2013. It attracted comments such as "oh my this is beyond beautiful." In reality, the picture shows the scenic Shotover River in New Zealand, where the vegetation is a normal shade of green. The vivid purple color is completely artificial, achieved by means of a color filter.

    Below, the Shotover River as it looks without a purple filter:



    Although the purple-hued image is a fake, there is indeed a location on the Isle of Skye known as the Fairy Pools. It's a set of waterfalls along the River Brittle in the south of the island. It's a popular tourist attract.

    The real Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye (source: All That Is Interesting)
    Technique: Color Adjustment. Time Period: 2005-Present.
    Themes: Landscapes, viral images,.
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