The Praying Monks, or: How Quickly False Facts Can Spread for Viral Photos

It's pretty common for great images to go viral on social media sites, but what happens when a photo goes viral with an incorrect caption... twice? Bangkok-based photographer Luke Duggleby recently experienced that firsthand when his 2010 image of 40,000 Thai monks in prayer at the Dhammakaya Temple made the rounds on social media following the Nepal earthquake, captioned as "100,000 monks in prayer after the Nepal earthquake as a necessary gesture of power." Years ago, the image had gone viral in a similar fashion, only that time it was captioned "praying monks in Myanmar."

The Photo Henri Cartier-Bresson Created Three Years After His Death

Do a search for "Henri Cartier-Bresson" using Google's image search engine, and the photograph above is one of the results that pops up. Dig a little deeper into the results, and you'll learn that it's a photo by Cartier-Bresson showing French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Problem is, that's all wrong. The woman in the photo isn't Isabelle Huppert, and the photograph wasn't snapped by the father of modern photojournalism.