We've found the 10 best fake technology and science web videos, guaranteed. From subtle hoaxes to clever goofs, we've got all the comedy classics you probably believed at the time. You eon't believe your eyes. With good reason.

Cheap digital video production, video sharing sites such as YouTube, and relatively easy digital manipulation with Photoshop and other tools have created a perfect storm for online tricksters who want to pay homage to their favourite gadgets, make fun of overhyped tech or simply fool people into thinking that a new scientific (and occasionally alien) breakthrough has occurred.

Fakes, hoaxes, spoofs, and scams: we technology enthusiasts love a good joke. So here are 10 of the best:

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The ZunePhone

What might Microsoft's eventual response to the iPhone look like? Enter the ZunePhone, a clever parody of Apple's iPhone TV commercials that hit 300,000 views in its first six days on YouTube.

Old-school Windows users will giggle over the faux ZunePhone's spam load and the touchscreen that allows for rotary-phone dialing, but it's the clock perpetually flashing 12:00 that seals the comic deal. ZunePhone spoofs are legion online, of course. Don't miss this more obvious ZunePhone fanboy gag if you can spare another minute.

Watch the ZunePhone clip here

The Zunephone

The Zunephone

World of Warcraft and Leeroy Jenkins

You don't have to play World of Warcraft to dig some of its more laughable moments, but none is as famous and as outright hysterical as the ballad of Leeroy Jenkins, a diminutive member of the Pals for Life clan.

Pity the Pals, who meticulously plan the mechanics of a dungeon raid only to have it spoiled by Leeroy, who abruptly yells, "Let's do this!" He then bellows his own name and runs into the dragon-filled room alone. The ensuing mayhem, which results in the death of the entire party, offered enough comedy value to merit becoming a $1,000 question on last year's Jeopardy College Championship. (It stumped all three brainiacs.)

Alas, Leeroy's antics aren't entirely legit. Although the player behind Leeroy was cagey in an interview, most observers have concluded that the en masse suicide was staged. But at least we have chicken.

Watch the World of Warcraft and Leeroy Jenkins clip here

She's a Wii, and She's a PlayStation 3

Spoofs of Apple's famously smug "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" ads are everywhere, but none is quite so hilarious as G4's goof featuring different anthropomorphised archrivals: a Nintendo Wii and a Sony PlayStation 3. Here, the Wii is portrayed as a rather daft yet peppy and scantily clad blonde beauty, while the PS3 is an eggheaded and admittedly overweight girl geek.

Their interplay sounds surprisingly much as it might in real life, without the gaming conceit. But the faux commercial finds its comic genius in its skewering of both consoles. The Wii dazzles you with its sexiness so you don't realise it has nothing new under the hood, while the PS3 forsakes everything else in its quest to outsmart the competition. Best line: "Have you ever even heard of the Blu-ray? It's the future!"

Watch the she's a Wii, and she's a PlayStation 3 clip here

She is a Wii

She is a Wii. Honest

GoogleTV Beta

One of the things that make this clip so compelling is how humble it is in ambition and presentation. Who would expect a corporate-looking, low-budget video from "Infinite Solutions" hosted by protogeek Mark Erickson, to perpetuate one of the web's most enduring hoaxes?

The absurd setup procedure is a dead giveaway. By following a complicated series of steps involving your Gmail account (don't use that spacebar!), Erickson says, you can earn access GoogleTV, a top-secret website where you can watch current network TV shows on demand. Erickson also notes that the procedure could require some repetition to work. It took him only 11 tries.

This video convinced a lot of people that GoogleTV was real, despite reports from hopeful watchers that they had followed his lengthy steps hundreds of times - without success - in an attempt to gain access to the service.

After hoax allegations first surfaced, Erickson returned with a follow-up video "proving" that GoogleTV was legit, and oblivious supporters (and fellow pranksters) continue to insist that it's the real deal. Erickson still produces vaguely believable tech tutorials (including a Wi-Fi signal enhancer that many viewers found credible enough to try), though lately he has delved into outright video gags.

Watch the GoogleTV spoof video here

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Nintendo On

In this 2005 short, 6 minutes of rapid-fire video rocket us through the history of Nintendo as we know it, culminating not with the Wii but with one deeply obsessed fanatic's opinion of what the future should hold for the popular console maker. That future is the Nintendo On, a next-generation device shaped like a large snail and complete with a VR headset.

Containing no dialogue, the infomercial offers sneak peeks at not only the hardware of the future, but the 3D titles that will run on it, too. While it has since been debunked as a fan creation, in the pre-Wii era many people thought it was the real thing. In a 1up interview, creator and art student Pablo Belmonte said the five nonstop days of creating the On video ended with him sick in bed from exhaustion.

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Nintendo On

Nintendo On. Take a deep breath before you watch it

One would think a person wouldn't need to be a hoaxster to make a video game look awful. So many commercially released games are bad enough without anyone resorting to trickery. But Tristan Newcomb created a masterful hoax by intentionally building an awful game. (Impossible to describe, it inexplicably includes Lego characters plus SpongeBob SquarePants on a Mario-like adventure, complete with 1980s-style, voice-synthesized narration.)

Demoing his game to a large audience, Newcomb pretends to struggle to keep the "players" in line (everything on screen is prerecorded) while dealing with the stress of constant bugs and game crashes. The audience is alternately annoyed and amused, much as you'll be if you watch the whole affair, which is essentially a postmodern performance art piece.

This is a long video, so skip around - you'll see some truly funny moments along the way.

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Steorn free energy

Although free-energy hoaxes have been around since the industrial age (or even earlier), the internet has given them new life, as hoaxsters can reach millions of gullible consumers with a simple video and a PowerPoint deck. Steorn relies on that age-old standby, magnetism, to sell its claims of building a motor that can operate with over 400 percent efficiency. That, of course, is impossible, but Steorn's mini-infomercial seems so earnest and honest that it's hard to believe the group is really trying to bilk anyone.

Rather, these Irish fellows just seem self-deluded and confused. A public 2007 demo was a disaster (leading many observers to mock it), but Steorn has still taken the mainstream media along for the ride: Fox News, among other outlets, breathlessly interviewed Steorn's CEO about the company's claims. Their discussion is every bit as surreal as the original flick.

Watch the Steorn free energy infomercial here


Steorn. Earnest. Nonsense

Bulletproof stroller

Mom plops her baby in a stroller, and a bulletproof shield drops down around him, just as on the Batmobile (the Michael Keaton version, that is). She then whips out a submachine gun and fires a few dozen rounds into the stroller. Baby comes out without a scratch. Bullet Proof Baby's $599 armoured kid cart is obviously too good to be true, but we'd still love to have such a contraption to ensure the safety of our little ones. Don't miss the rest of the site (a viral-marketing bit for the movie Shoot 'Em Up), including the cute-as-can-be My First Riot Helmet.

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UFOs over Haiti

A comparatively new creation, this detailed footage of unidentified flying objects hovering over what is purported to be Haiti looks perfect. Not only is the camerawork appropriately in and out of focus, but who would go all the way to Haiti just to shoot a UFO hoax? Later clips showed saucers over additional locales, including the Dominican Republic. While some skeptics pegged the stunts as viral marketing for the upcoming game Halo 3, the Los Angeles Times

tracked the creations back to a French CGI animator who is reportedly using them to develop a sci-fi feature film project.

Watch UFOs over Haiti here

UFOs over Haiti

UFOs over Haiti. Or not

Alien autopsy

CGI costs a lot, editing takes time, actors have to stay in character: Video hoaxes are usually limited to a few brief seconds, which is what makes this purported footage of an alien autopsy in Roswell, New Mexico (which emerged circa 1992), so intriguing. Shot in 1940s-appropriate black-and-white with no sound, the 17-minute clip features shrouded scientists dissecting a little green man from top to bottom.

Even in black-and-white the video is gruesome and fascinating, so much so that multiple TV networks have crafted specials around it and one guy built an entire website attempting to debunk the thing. Real or not (and huckster/creator Ray Santilli later came clean, in part), it's an excellent way to spend a spare 17 minutes, provided you aren't about to eat lunch.

Watch the alien autopsy here

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