Being lied to by the Internet is nothing new, but this year it got super-annoying. In the past, you'd see a video that looked fake, you'd enjoy it with a grain of salt, 5,000 imbeciles would write "Fake!" in the comments, then we'd all move on with our lives.
This year, though, the fakes seemed to be coming every week (at least in the last few months). The fakers went out of their way to announce that we'd been had, but it wasn't clear what they hoped to get out of it. It felt much like this old bit from Norm MacDonald.
Lying for no discernable reason, with seemingly nothing to gain; that characterized many of the lies we were fed this year. Maybe the speed of sharing on Facebook and Twitter has made "going viral" and end in and of itself. Maybe the liars just wanted attention. Or maybe this is just the latest instance of the Internet making people worse.
Using the Norm MacDonald template, let's give out some awards in recognition of all the lies and fakes that were foisted on us this year and try to figure out what the liar was hoping to gain. We'll announce the biggest lie of the year, but first, let's start with the most irritating liar of them all...