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Saturday, 26 April 2014

The biggest internet hoaxes in INDIA

03:04 Posted by vijay pasham , No comments

  1. Jana Gana Mana selected by the UNESCO as the best national anthem in the world.

  2. Story:
    The story claims that UNESCO has declared the Indian national anthem "Jana gana mana.." as the best anthem of the world. Considering it as a proud achievement, it congratulates all Indians and further asks to spread the message.

    This story was widely circulating through emails, blogs and social networking sites. The message claiming that Indian national anthem "Jana gana mana.." was selected as the best in the world by UNESCO was never heard in any kind of news or media reports. If the story was a fact, it would be indeed a proud achievement for India and would have definitely got wide attention of the media. If UNESCO released such a statement, it would be readily available on their official website, which is no where seen.
    This story actually started in 2008 when many such messages were circulating through emails. India Today, then wrote UNESCO about these stories and got a confirmation message from UNESCO that these messages are simply hoax, and that they did not select Indian or for that matter any national anthem as the best in the world.
    These messages are in general started by pranksters who need some kind of attention, but these people must be aware of the fact that they are playing with the sentiments of Indians in the name of national spirit.
    UNESCO declares such messages false
    UNESCO official site

  3. Python swallows drunk man in Kerala.

  4. Story:
    This news was flashed on various news websites/Social media across the world with an image of a huge snake almost twice the size of a normal human being.

    An article about a python eating a drunk man in India, circulating on social media has turned out to be a hoax.
    The story went viral on Twitter, after an image posted by a financial professional from Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Vikraman Nair, showing a python with a large object inside of it.
    "A Python ate a person who was drunk and lying beside the liquor shop. News from Attapady, Kerala," he captioned the picture. The photo was re-tweeted more than 16,000 times.
    A little research revealed that the snake was previously believed to have swallowed a man in South Africa, Indonesia and even China! None of these reports were reported to be true. It is believed that the python may have swallowed a goat or a deer in some part of the world, and the image has been circulated on the Internet several times in 2 years with different captions.

  5. NASA's satellite image of how India looks on Diwali from space:
  6. Story:
    The graphic above is a stunning image of India. However, in spite of the captions accompanying its many social shares today, it was not taken during Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

    The image is actually a composite of satellite photos of India created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2003.According to Chris Elvidge, a physical scientist at NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center, the composite was intended to show population growth over time. The white lights depict where populations were centered before 1992, while different colors are used to depict the movement of people.

  7. Seven Headed Snake In India:

    Images of a seven headed snake, supposedly taken in India, having recently been making the rounds on the internet.
  8. Fact:
    The first and most obvious thing to point out about the photo is that the seven heads are very clearly the same exact image, simply cut and pasted multiple times over… It would perhaps seem surprising that such a poorly done Photoshop could fool so many people, but then nobody who has spent much time on the internet should really be that surprised anymore about some of the things that people are willing to believe,. Other things to note are the sharp edges surrounding the snake’s heads, and the lighting on the heads  which is completely wrong,

  9. Women gives birth to 11 babies on 11/11/11.

  10. Story:
    Circulating message claims that a woman in India has just broken the world record after giving birth to eleven babies at once. The message includes a photograph depicting eleven babies with a medical team.

    Wikipedia's list of multiple births records only two instances of nonuplets (nine children born at once to the same mother), none of whom survived more than a few days, so the news of a woman's giving birth to eleven healthy children at once (all of them boys) would be remarkable indeed.
    As described by the Times of India, the couples involved had all conceived via in vitro fertilization with an eye towards giving birth on that particular date:
    A city-based In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centre will undertake operations on 11 would-be mothers to schedule the births of their babies on Friday, 11-11-11.
    About 30 women had conceived through IVF nine months ago at the 21st Century Hospital in the city. Of them, 11 couples wanted the delivery of their babies on the special date.
    The operations will be performed by Dr Purnima Nadkarni and Dr Pooja Nadkarni and their team of doctors at the hospital from 6 am. All the 11 women who conceived through IVF have waited a long time for this moment.
    (Additional Pictures and TRUTH .)

  11. Whatsapp is becoming chargeable:

    Circulating warning claims that instant messaging application WhatsApp will start charging a per message fee unless users send the same warning to at least 10 contacts thereby proving that they are "avid users".
  12. Fact:
    The message is just a silly hoax. WhatsApp is NOT about to start charging users for sending messages. The supposed warning is a new variant of several previous hoaxes. The company charges users a flat fee of $0.99 per year after the first year, but it does not charge per message and has announced no plans to implement such a system.  Sending on this absurd warning will help nobody.
    If you receive this hoax message or any of its variants, do not pass it on to others. And take a minute to let the sender know that the warning is a hoax.

Some Other Hoaxes:
  • Do not pick a call from this number. It emits high frequency radiation that can kill you instantly. This hoax message claimed that a user could immediately die after taking a call from a phone number which emitted high frequency radiation that cause brain hemorrhage and instant death. This theory was dismissed because a phone number cannot generate such a high frequency at all.
  • 1000 likes will ensure free heart transplant for this baby. Facebook was abuzz with a picture of a child suffering from a life threatening disease. The caption of the image said if the image was shared 1000 times, the child would receive free treatment and also mentioned the phone number of a hospital along with it to make it genuine. The phone number belonged to the Sri Sathya Sai Institute for Higher Medical Sciences in Bangalore but there was no such patient as seen on the picture on Facebook. There were also no such free transplant services available in the hospital.
  • Pepsi contaminated by HIV+ employee's blood. Rumours circulated via text messages and social media platforms that none of Pepsi's products must be consumed for the next few days. The message said that these reports came from the Delhi Police. These rumours were declared false soon after. The Centre for Disease Control revealed that it is impossible to contract this fatal disease through foods and beverages as the virus is automatically destroyed on exposure to air and heat from cooking, and is definitely destroyed by stomach fluids.
What is disturbing is the number of gullible people on your Facebook newsfeed who blindly believe anything and everything on the Internet. Such messages should not be encouraged or shared.


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