Fertile ground

<p> The Internet is fertile ground for those who like to fool the world.</p> <p> In just the past week we&#39;ve seen two epic hoaxes unveiled: one featuring a Notre Dame football player and another that included a donkey and Google Street View. You can&#39;t make this stuff up &ndash;&nbsp;except that they did, and many people bought into the lies.</p> <p> Read the details about the latest hoaxes and some more of the all-time best Internet hoaxes.</p>

Manti Te&#39;o and the Dead Girlfriend

<p> The media celebrated Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te&#39;o for playing well in a football game just after his grandmother and girlfriend died within hours of each other. Except the girlfriend didn&#39;t die. Actually, she never existed, according to reports. Te&#39;o says he was the victim of a hoax, and that he really believed he was dating a woman named Lennay Kekua and that she died from leukemia. All the facts in this case have yet to be revealed.</p>

Google Killed a Donkey

<p> A Google Street View scene in Botswana seems to show the Street View vehicle leaving a dead donkey in its wake. You can clearly see a donkey on its side as the vehicle keeps going. But it only appears that way if you&#39;re used to people driving on the right side of the road. In fact, the donkey was laying in the road as the Street View vehicle approached &ndash; and it got up and out of the way to allow them to pass, as you can see if you play out the scene.</p>

Golden Eagle Snatches Kid

<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CE0Q904gtMI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p> A video posted to YouTube shows a Golden eagle circle in the sky before swooping down to grab a baby from the ground, lifting the child in the air before dropping it and flying off. The video was so incredible it went viral &ndash;&nbsp;but it was too incredible to be real. A day after it garnered 5 million views, students confessed to creating the video as part of a simulation workshop class at the&nbsp;Centre NAD&nbsp;in Montreal, Canada.&nbsp;</p>

A Celebrity Is Dead, Says Twitter

<p> The number of celebrities that have been pronounced dead on Twitter is staggering: rumors of the demise of Megan Fox, Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, Bill Cosby and even Bill Nye the Science Guy were all premature. But the Twitterverse seems to fall for it every time, with each hoax garnering plenty of retweets before the truth is revealed.</p>

Back to the Future Day

<p> A screenshot from the movie &quot;Back to the Future&quot; showed up on just about everybody&#39;s Facebook and Twitter feeds on June 27, 2012, revealing that it was the day that Marty McFly time-travelled to in Doc Brown&#39;s souped-up Delorean. Except it wasn&#39;t. The real date from the movie was October 21, 2015. The screenshot had been altered.</p>

Banker Tips 1 Percent

<p> A banker posted a picture of his receipt from a True Food Kitchen restaurant showing a $133.54 bill with a $1.33 tip and a scribbled note: &quot;Get a real job.&quot; The 1 percent tip was supposed to be a statement against the 99 percent movement. Except the total and the note weren&#39;t real. True Food Kitchen showed that the real receipt was for $33.54 and the person left a $7 tip on that amount &ndash;&nbsp;way more than 1 percent.</p>

Internet Explorer Users Have Lower IQs

<p> In 2011, CNN, the BBC, NPR and other major news organizations reported that Internet Explorer users scored lower on an IQ test than people who used Chrome or Firefox. But in the end it turned out that the survey of &quot;100,000 Internet users&quot; never happened, and the firm that had conducted the study was a sham, too.</p>


<p><iframe width="590" height="380" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-goXKtd6cPo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p> Teenage girl Bree posted a simple series of video blogs to the nascent YouTube in 2006. She seemed awkward and sweet, and became a sensation over the next few months. But soon it was revealed that the posts were part of a fictional story, conceived by filmmakers Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, and Greg Goodfried.</p>

Bonsai Kitten

<p> Would you like a kitten in the shape of a rectangle? Of course you wouldn&#39;t. But that was the idea behind Bonsai Kitten, a hoax from 2000. The website showed you how to use the idea behind bonsai trees to mold your baby kitten into shape by putting it in a glass container. The spoof site was supposed to have been created by a (ficitional) Dr. Michael Wong Chang and was hosted on MIT&#39;s servers. After the uproar that ensued the original site was taken down, but copies of it still exist.</p>

The Blair Witch Project

<p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gP5rwN5sGAE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p> The shaky filmmaking of &quot;The Blair Witch Project&quot; in 1999 seemed just raw enough to be real. And the website that went with the film only seemed to confirm what people wanted to believe: the Blair Witch was real. But those were innocent days on the Internet, before every movie had its own site. The story was fiction, as was the background posted to the site.</p>

Top 10 Internet Hoaxes