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11 photos that went viral in 2015

What is viral, really? A while back, it was used when someone would be infected with virus; today, viral refers to content that is the most widespread on the Internet. Thousands of pictures have gone viral this year — those that were in solidarity with crisis victims, those that were funny, because they touched an emotional chord or to generate awareness. Here are 11 photos that went viral in 2015 and stayed in our minds.

The Indian Press Information Bureau recently posted a picture on its website showing PM Modi in a helicopter during an aerial survey of flood-hit Chennai. Well, it was a photoshooped image and Twitterati couldn't stop talking about it. The picture was removed, obviously after it went viral. (Source: Twitter)

The Indian Press Information Bureau recently posted a picture on its website showing PM Modi in a helicopter during an aerial survey of flood-hit Chennai. Well, it was a photoshooped image and Twitterati couldn’t stop talking about it. The picture was removed, obviously after it went viral. (Source: Twitter)

 

When TV personality Bruce Jenner transitioned into Caitlyn Jenner, her 'Call me Caitlyn' cover on Vanity Fair went viral and the social media was proud of her transformation.

When TV personality Bruce Jenner transitioned into Caitlyn Jenner, her ‘Call me Caitlyn’ cover on Vanity Fair went viral and the social media was proud of her transformation.

 

Who can get over the maddening obsession over the colour of this dress? (Source: Facebook)

Who can get over the maddening obsession over the colour of this dress? (Source: Facebook)

 

Dwarf planet Pluto has been the favourite of social media through the year with NASA releasing different images of it every now and then but this particular picture was massively shared on social media because of a heart shape emerging on it. It was a large and bright feature informally named 'heart', which actually covers 1,000 miles of the planet. (Source: NASA)

Dwarf planet Pluto has been the favourite of social media through the year with NASA releasing different images of it every now and then but this particular picture was massively shared on social media because of a heart shape emerging on it. It was a large and bright feature informally named ‘heart’, which actually covers 1,000 miles of the planet. (Source: NASA)

 

Remember Vareender Jubbal, the Canadian journalist whose photo wearing a suicide vest went viral? The picture, photoshopped by a group known for online harassment, was tweeted after the Paris attacks. Jubbal had posted original picture in August 2015. (Source: Twitter)

Remember Vareender Jubbal, the Canadian journalist whose photo wearing a suicide vest went viral? The picture, photoshopped by a group known for online harassment, was tweeted after the Paris attacks. Jubbal had posted original picture in August 2015. (Source: Twitter)

 

Aylan Kurdi, 3-year-old Syrian boy, whose body had washed up on the shores of Turkey evoked an emotional response on social media. The hashtag ‘KiyiyaVuranInsanlik’ (translation: humanity washed ashore) became a trending topic on Twitter. In the first few hours after the accident, the image had been retweeted thousands of times, making Aylan a visual symbol of the Mediterranean crisis. (Source: Reuters)

Aylan Kurdi, 3-year-old Syrian boy, whose body had washed up on the shores of Turkey evoked an emotional response on social media. The hashtag ‘KiyiyaVuranInsanlik’ (translation: humanity washed ashore) became a trending topic on Twitter. In the first few hours after the accident, the image had been retweeted thousands of times, making Aylan a visual symbol of the Mediterranean crisis. (Source: Reuters)

 

This poster, reeking of sarcasm, on who can qualify as a 'bad girl' was made by Furqan Jawed. It went viral because of the stereotypes it reflects. (Source: Facebook)

This poster, reeking of sarcasm, on who can qualify as a ‘bad girl’ was made by Furqan Jawed. It went viral because of the stereotypes it reflects. (Source: Facebook)

 

Another fake viral picture from 2015 is this rat look-alike KFC that was posted on Facebook by Devorise Dixon claiming it's a rat. A few days later, KFC called it a hoax. But for those days, this 'non-rat' was the most famous rat in the world. (Source: Facebook)

Another fake viral picture from 2015 is this rat look-alike KFC that was posted on Facebook by Devorise Dixon claiming it’s a rat. A few days later, KFC called it a hoax. But for those days, this ‘non-rat’ was the most famous rat in the world. (Source: Facebook)

 

This TV cameraperson deliberately 'tripped' a refugee and his son when they were trying to escape from a collection point in Hungary’s Roszke village. This picture and a video of her committing the act went viral. Reportedly, she was fired later.

This TV cameraperson deliberately ‘tripped’ a refugee and his son when they were trying to escape from a collection point in Hungary’s Roszke village. This picture and a video of her committing the act went viral. Reportedly, she was fired later.

 

Thousands of people shared this image of a Syrian child raising her hands when a photojournalist was trying to click her picture; she thought the camera was some weapon. This picture was Tweeted in March this year and went viral immediately but it was originally captured in 2012, reports BBC. (Source: Reddit)

Thousands of people shared this image of a Syrian child raising her hands when a photojournalist was trying to click her picture; she thought the camera was some weapon. This picture was Tweeted in March this year and went viral immediately but it was originally captured in 2012, reports BBC. (Source: Reddit)

 




This heart-warming photo of two children hugging each other credited as "Two-year-old sister protected by four-year-old brother in Nepal" went viral during the Nepal earthquake this year in May. However, this photo was taken in October 2007 in northern Vietnam by Vietnamese photographer Na Son Nguye, he told BBC. (Source: Facebook)

This heart-warming photo of two children hugging each other credited as “Two-year-old sister protected by four-year-old brother in Nepal” went viral during the Nepal earthquake this year in May. However, this photo was taken in October 2007 in northern Vietnam by Vietnamese photographer Na Son Nguye, he told BBC. (Source: Facebook)

 




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