Marijuana Cures Ebola
Although the possibility of marijuana curing the deadly Ebola disease had many people on the edge of their seats, it was later discarded as a speculation. Since marijuana's prohibition, the scientific community has no way for researching into its potential.
As Morgan Fox from the Marijuana Policy Project told IBTimes India: "If marijuana were legal and regulated, such research would be able to move forward and could indeed provide a wide variety of solutions to modern health issues (including Ebola)."
Earth will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness in December
Originating in satirical website Huzlers.com, the story titled: "Nasa Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness in December 2014!" had claimed that the six-day blackout would be the result of "a solar storm, which will cause dust and space debris to become plentiful and thus, block 90% sunlight". The fake report, however, was taken too seriously by some of the readers, who spread the story around the world with Facebook and Twitter shares.
During the festival of Diwali India looks like pic.twitter.com/iv156a6Uik
— Sourabh Aggarwal (@sourabhagg1) October 27, 2014
Fake Image of India during Diwali
Just like every Diwali in the last few years, this photo went viral in 2014 too, with the message "India during Diwali". The picture claims to be that of a satellite image of India during Diwali. However, the message is a hoax.
This in fact is an image put up by National Geophysical Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA, and is a composite of many images acquired from a USAF Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite, showing the change in night illumination during the period 1992-2003.
The "Original" Swiss Bank Statement to India
The mail from Swiss Bank to the Indian Government, claiming to hold details regarding the blacklisted accounts in their system domain dock, became much publicised due to the increasing concern of black money at the time. However, as Hoax or Fact points out, there were many issues with that letter, and it should have been very easy to figure out it was fake.
For starters, it was addressed to the Indian Government and not the "Government of India". The balance in the bank accounts is mentioned in INR, whereas the Swiss Bank operates in USD, Euro and Pound. The telephone code of the bank mentioned in the address section of the letter is 0044, as opposed to 0041, which is the international code of Switzerland.
Charge an iPod with Onion
The video on "How to Charge an iPod using electrolytes and an onion", posted on Household Hacker, demonstrated how to charge an iPod using nothing but an onion and a glass of Gatorade. This video, which went viral in a matter of days, was nothing but pseudo science that made the concept seem plausible and led to many frustrated Apple owners, who just could not get their electronics charged by plugging them into vegetables.