These 9 Hoaxes Fooled the World in 2016

  • October 24, 2017
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Pranksters gonna' prank. That's why every year we see strange, new hoaxes. 2016 saw many hoaxes get covered in the news before they were revealed to be fiction. Below are the best nine leg pulls of the year.

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Penn State Clown Riot

On October 3rd a group of a few hundred people searched the streets surrounding Penn State for a gang of clowns bent on terrifying the local populace. The whole thing was seemingly sparked by rumors, but there was only one problem: there was no evidence of clowns in the area, evil or otherwise. It was just another chapter in the bizarre wave of clown hysteria that overtook America in 2016.



In mid-January Facebook and Twitter users were in a rage over an advert for the LadyBall, a bright pink, lighter than usual soccer ball designed for female athletes. It was ultimately revealed that the whole affair was a stunt on the part of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to draw attention to the double standards and misconceptions that surround female sports leagues.


Text Your Vote for Hillary

Though the image that spread across social media was official looking, users were quick to point out that presidential elections aren't American Idol and that you simply can't text for your preferred candidate. But despite this obvious point the image was widely shared. It's unknown how many people, if any, shared it because they thought it to be real, or if anyone who perpetuated was hoping to intentionally mislead others.


Harambe Got 15,000 Votes

It's not certain where this one began, but it tore through Twitter like a wildfire. Somewhere someone claimed that the ape Harambe had received several thousand write-in votes, and some alleged “news” sites picked up the story, using pictures Twitter users uploaded of their own ballots as evidence. But in most states write-in votes aren't counted or tallied unless the candidate being voted for filed proper paperwork before hand, something a dead gorilla would have difficulty doing. If a number of votes exists, there's no official record of it.


Kurt Cobain Predicted President Trump

Last one about the election, we promise. In this case someone made an image macro of the Nirvana frontman and slapped a quote on it about how he felt, in 1993, it would take an outsider like Donald Trump to really fix things. Except the only source for the quote is the image itself, though people proudly proclaimed it to be true.