Can you tell the difference between ‘Black Mirror’ scenes and real life?

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Pop culture sure has spun some wild tales that would have Aesop’s Fables shookt to its core. Weirdly enough, some contents meant only for the screen spill through and cross over to our actual timelines, like some sort of cautionary tale we should have listened to. These days, you just cross your fingers and wish fiction never translates into real life.

But this is exactly how Black Mirror, the cult alter-reality British sci-fi anthology series, has had us constantly on our feet ever since it first premiered in 2011.

The fourth season dropped on Netflix just a few grim days before 2017 bid its farewell, sending fans and netizens alike into a frenzy. So we came up with a little game we’d like to call Black Mirror Episode or Real Life. Without further ado, here are ten scenarios that blur the line between fact and fiction. Can you separate the Black Mirror scenes from real life?

After deputies spot a high-end car that had been reported stolen, investigators quickly get a hold of the primary suspect. While waiting in the back of a patrol car, surveillance shows him starting to chew off his fingerprints to avoid being identified by the police for the crime.

Experimenting on your own body for the name of science is not as far-fetched as it may seem. A biohacker group just published an open source research of one man’s remarkable experiment, in which the volunteer test subject gave himself superhero night vision by injecting a substance called Chlorin E6 directly into his eyeballs.

It’s present day and news of the mysterious death of a despised journalist circulates. A veteran detective and her tech-savvy apprentice take on the case, and discover a social media firestorm entangled in the mess, which also threatens to take other people’s lives.

After a virus infects his laptop, a teenage boy is blackmailed by hackers into carrying out daunting criminal acts. With time-bound orders delivered through incriminating text messages, will he obey their orders or risk having his dark intimate secrets exposed?

A British surgeon has been found guilty for marking his initials into his patient’s organs. Apparently, evidence suggests that he has been using argon beams to sign his initials into two patients’ livers during a follow-up surgery. His reasons for doing so remain unclear.

The future is now. A company has created synthetic humans that are anatomically accurate models. These patient simulators were specifically built to train surgeons and first-responders, and mimics the condition of the real patient — from basic injuries to even bleeding to death.

Scientists have developed a hi-tech implant allowing people to record everything they do, see, and hear. It also allows them to play back their memories before their eyes or even have the option of projecting them onto a screen.

The world has officially shifted: machines are using people for batteries. Researchers have unveiled a power system for mobile devices grabbing energy directly from human skin. The dermal patch, sized like a postage stamp, harnesses static electricity generated from everyday activities.

A new study has found that hackers can apparently steal passwords and PINs just by analysing your brainwave signals. Researchers from a university collected data from EEG headsets sensing the electrical activity inside a person’s brain, thus creating an algorithm to make surprisingly successful uneducated guesses.

A woman scrambles to keep a dark secret under wraps. After a man from her past resurfaces and threatens to reveal what transpired that one night, she strangles him and kills him in the process. She goes even further to bury her dark secret completely, going on a murder spree to protect herself.

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