How can you tell a real video from faked footage? You could analyze the footage itself, you could confirm it with a second source, or you could depend on something much harder to fake: Physics. Over at Dot Physics, there's an analysis of the major ways you can scientifically separate the real from the forged.
Back in 1908, a Norwegian collector was told that what he thought was a Van Gogh oil landscape was actually a forgery. So he tucked it away in his attic where it languished for six decades. Now, art experts have authenticated the piece — and it is indeed a Van Gogh.
Early last month, a ten-year-old German boy found a mummy in his grandmother's attic. Many considered it a hoax. But a radiological analysis shows that the mummy contains actual human bones, though probably not from an ancient Egyptian. The find could open a criminal case.
A Chinese zoo is under fire for trying to disguise a Tibetan mastiff dog for a lion. The twisted scheme began to unravel when the supposed "African Lion" started to bark.
During the 1930s, a woman claiming to be the widow of a British Royal Flying Corps pilot sold 34 photos featuring scenes from a dramatic WWI aerial battle to a publisher for U.S. $20,000. The pics were later published in a popular book — but it was all an elaborate hoax.