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Some of 2013's biggest Web hoaxes

Updated 8:31 PM ET, Tue December 3, 2013
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Elan Gale tweeted a photo of a glass of wine and note he said he sent to the "lady in 7A" during a mid-air Thanksgiving spat that he later admitted he made up. from theyearofelan/twitter
Thousands of dollars in donations poured in after Dayna Morales posted this image to a Facebook group. A couple later came forward with a similar bill showing that they had tipped and not written a disapproving note. WABC
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, now a linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, said he was tricked into believing he had a girlfriend whom he had never met in person. He said he believed she died within hours of his grandmother's death. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty Images
Web companies like Google delight in fake posts like this one every April Fool's Day. In those cases, though, only the most gullible among us spend more than a few seconds thinking they're true. from google
The website fakeawish.com has been at the heart of several celebrity death hoaxes. It lets users insert the names of people, including celebrities, into fake news stories, including this one about a fatal car crash. from tom.cruise.mediafetcher.com