No one really knows why videos go viral, but one thing's for sure: they're a great way to get your 15 minutes of fame.
No one really knows why videos go viral, but one thing's for sure: they're a great way to get your 15 minutes of fame. With everyone vying to be the next big viral video to hit the scene, it comes as no surprise that a handful of videos that have blown up over the years weren't as real as they pretended to be. Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, who deceived us all with the staged video of a twerking girl who catches fire, we're looking back at the biggest viral video hoaxes that have taken the Internet by storm through the years.
The Twerk Fail Seen 'Round the World
The video of the twerk gone seriously wrong has gotten over 10 million views in the past week. News and entertainment outlets alike quickly turned the video into a sensation, and Jimmy Kimmel revealed in his show last night that the most epic twerk fail of all time was actually staged with the help of a stuntwoman. He brought her on the show via Skype, only to reveal that she was actually broadcasting from a bedroom set in his studio. He then released an "extended cut," which featured him extinguishing the fire on the twerker in question.
Barack Obama's Dramatic Exit
In July 2011, President Barack Obama reportedly made an abrupt exit from an intense meeting with congressional leaders regarding the debt ceiling. The Internet was soon buzzing with a clip of the president excusing himself from the podium and kicking the door in as he exited. The video was later discredited in a video that points out obvious evidence of editing. But where did the door kicking clip in question come from? As it turns out, the suspect is The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Jay did a small series of jokes in his monologues, and the edited clip was originally featured during the bit.
Falcon Heene, the 6-Year-Old Balloon Boy
The helium balloon scandal in October 2009 had everyone anxiously following the coverage of 6-year-old Falcon Heene, who allegedly snuck into a helium balloon just before his father shot it into the sky. The story spread like wildfire across news outlets, and even multiple social media platforms, but when the balloon finally landed, Falcon wasn't inside; he was later found hiding in the attic. More suspicious details emerged, including a CNN interview where Falcon admits, "We did this for the show." The family later signed an affidavit confirming that they staged the entire thing, resulting in a $45,000 fine.
Check out the other viral videos that faked us out when you read on.