India is known as the land of beauty and magic. It is also the land of myth and mystery,
from the very ancient times. However, while the country is in the face
of improvement and advancements, the myths seem to persist even today,
at a time when information is readily available. It seems as if
internet cannot be believed totally when it comes to information about
India. There are too many hoaxes spread across the world of
internet. Lets know the country a little more by knowing these burst
An image of a three-headed snake by the side of an Indian road has been doing the round. However, this image is not a beauty of nature, but, a
product of Photoshop, and that too, a pretty bad one. When noticed
carefully, it can be observed that the three heads have the same
pattern. Other images of the same electrically manipulated creature has
been found, too, which show some bad editing skills, with the same
shadows working on all three heads.
The message has been circulated very proudly that UNESCO has named the Indian National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana the best in the world. That
this is a hoax should have been clear to people by the simple fact that
there has been no media coverage of such an important issue, and
suspiciously been broadcast by the internet alone, and that too, in
some shifty websites, and not the principal media houses. Besides,
there is no trace of any such declaration in the official site of
UNESCO. To top it all, confirmation of the story as a hoax has been
received by India Today directly from UNESCO.
The image of 11 babies lying side by side with the hospital staff was all over the social networking site, with the information that an Indian
mother has given birth to 11 babies together by some miracle of God.
However, the information is a complete hoax. But, the image isnt. It
is actually the picture of the 11 babies who were born on 11.11.11 at
the 21st Century Hospital & Test Tube Baby Center in Surat.
An image with a man holding a gun has been doing the rounds with the claim that this is the only image of Godse right before he shot Gandhiji.
However, the only picture of Gandhijis assassination are dramatized
ones based on the accounts of the eyewitnesses. There is no existing
photograph on of this unfortunate murder on record. The image being
circulated is that of a scene from a British movie, Nine Hours to Rama.
A video of a man being swallowed by a python in Kerala has been spreading like wildfire. There are many versions of this story, as well, where
the snake swallows about 4 people at once, live. In fact, this seems to
be a worldwide phenomenon, with images and videos from all over the
world. The video comes with the message that it is not for the
faint-hearted. However, it is nothing but a hoax, born from the image
of some snake that must have swallowed a goat or deer, and there have
been digital manipulations of various sorts to creep people out.
An article about the annual celebration of a Rape Festival in Assam was shared widely on Facebook. However, the local people of Assam denied
the fact, and the Crime Investigation Department of Assam has even
planned to take action against this report which started spreading
after Faking News, a satirical website, published a fake article on the
All proud Indians, at some point, have shared the satellite image of India on a Diwali night, taken by NASA from space, to show off to the world
how beautiful the country looks, all lit up and bright. However, it
makes break the heart of the Indians that this is a false picture. It
has been confirmed by the NASA officials that the image was collected
by VIIRS for the detection of light in a range of wavelengths from
green to near-infrared, and brightened to distinguish the city lights
easily, meant to show the change in night illumination during the
period of 1992-2003. It was developed to illustrate the growth in
population in the country. NASA even confirmed that the extra light
during Diwali is imperceptible from space.
Kurkure is a very popular snack in India. But, it has often been said that on burning Kurkure, one can see plastic melting. This message, along with
an image of a burning Kurkure, has also been seen on the internet.
However, Kurkure is made of edible ingredients such as cornmeal,
spices, etc., and is not harmful to the health. It melts on burning
because of the carbohydrate content, and the plastic-like substance is
dried starch, which is not unhealthy at all, as approved by the brand
A scary message warned everyone against receiving phone calls from the number, 09141. If the claim of the message is to be believed, the phone
emits high-frequency sound waves on picking up the phone, which cause
brain haemorrhage and instant death. This is a preposterous and
improbable idea, since phones are not technologically capable of
emitting such high-frequency sound waves.
A message with the description of a guy who became blind after he got exposed to the high heat of BBQ grills since his plastic contact
lenses melted imbibed fear in the minds of people. However, the truth
is that, since eyes are extremely sensitive to infections, contact
lenses are sterilized, thus proving that they are made to resist high
temperature. In fact, the melting point of contact lenses material is
90°C, at which, the skin and the face should burn, too.
There are several other internet hoaxes about
India, about the world, and even some medical
legends. But, it is important that people analyse and tell the
right from wrong, and then believe them.