Things that are always fake?
March 27, 2010 8:35 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for examples of things - anything - for which the "authentic" version is exceedingly rare or non-existent, and most or all of the real-life versions are imitations/knockoffs/replicas/synthetic/fake. Especially if the fake versions are commonly believed to be real.
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I remember hearing as a kid that star sapphires didn't exist in nature and that all of them are synthetic. (Turns out this isn't true.) I know lab-created and treated gemstones are fairly common, but natural ones aren't unattainably rare.
Is there anything out there that's always or almost always fake? I can think of a lot of things that are often faked, but there are plenty of the authentic version too - e.g. the gemstone example, designer handbags - and that's not really what I'm looking for.
I'm using a fairly wide definition of "fake," since different types of things have different standards of authenticity.
Mostly I'm looking for objects or occurrences that might exist in everyday life. I'm not particularly interested in tricks used in film, TV, photography, advertising, etc. since fakery is common and expected. I'm also not interested in anything involving psychics, aliens, or other supernatural stuff.