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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924

The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The worms inside your face
More about that guy and the bus
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Got an email from Kentaro Mori who runs a Brazilian weblog about hoaxes (he also translated my hoax photo test into Portuguese at one point). He took a look at the video of that guy ducking under the bus. Whereas I thought the guy must be on the opposite side of the bus, employing a trick of perspective to make it look like the bus was going over him, Kentaro analyzed some of the frames...
Categories: Photos/Videos Comments (3)
Another 9/11 Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 17, 2003
Here's yet another 9/11 hoax. Cyril Kendall has been sentenced to 11 to 33 years in prison for claiming that his son Wilfred died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Because of his claim he got $160,000 from the Red Cross, which he used to buy a new car. The only problem: he never had a son named Wilfred. (Story in the NY Times, Reg. Req.).
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Bone-Sniffing Dog
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 17, 2003
The Panama Truth Commission hoped to uncover the truth of what happened in that country during the reigns of the dictators Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega. So they brought in Sandra Anderson, a dog trainer whose bone-sniffing dog could help locate the bodies of the dead. But now there are fears that Anderson was a fraud who planted evidence when her dog couldn't find any.
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Tattoo Medical Alerts
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 17, 2003
Miami company sells tattoo-like stickers to elderly people, claiming that the stickers will function as high-tech medical alert devices. But it turns out that the stickers weren't high-tech at all. They were just stickers.
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False Advertising
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 17, 2003
Fark.com is running a contest to photoshop ads that use false advertising. There are a few amusing entries, such as 'Spam: 100% Pure Meat.'
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9/11 Hoax on LiveJournal
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 17, 2003
A hoax involving 9/11 has just been exposed on LiveJournal. It appears there was once a LiveJournal user named Flashman, aka Anthony Joseph Pereira. But on Sept. 11 a friend of his, Rhyein, posted that he had died rushing into one of the burning World Trade Center Towers trying to save people. This caused an outpouring of grief from the LiveJournal community. But some people began to become suspicious when they realized that Anthony Joseph Pereira was never listed in the official lists of the 9/11 dead. To make a long story short, it now appears that Flashman never existed. He was invented by Rhyein. Anthony Joseph Pereira was in reality the original name of Joe Perry of Aerosmith, her favorite band. Details of the initial exposure can be found here
$200 George Bush Bills
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 15, 2003
This story has been getting quite a lot of attention. On Sep. 6, 2003 a man paid for $150 in groceries at a Food Lion in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina with a phony $200 bill bearing George W. Bush's portrait. The bill showed a white house with signs on its lawn reading 'we like ice cream' and 'USA deserves a tax cut.' The cashier accepted the bill and gave $50 change. The Smoking Gun was able to actually get a picture of the $200 bill used in the transaction. What most people don't remember is that this scam is hardly new. Two years ago, on January 28, 2001 a drive-thru customer at a Danville, Kentucky Dairy Queen paid...
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Playing Chicken with a Bus
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 15, 2003
Here's a suspicious bit of video forwarded by Mara (who should get a prize for finding this kind of stuff). It shows a young man ducking to the ground as a bus rushes over him. Personally I think he's not actually under the bus. He's on the opposite side of the bus.
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Cough CPR Update
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 15, 2003
A visitor named Lewy sent in a link to this ABC News story about 'Cough CPR' following up on my post about the subject below. It turns out that a Polish researcher, Dr. Tadeusz Petelenz, published some results just a few weeks ago suggesting that vigorous coughing could help people experiencing cardiac arrest remain conscious long enough to get help. But the jury still seems to be out on the subject. The UK Resuscitation Council says that there's no evidence coughing is going to help. The basic problem is that if you...
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Staged Bloopers
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
You know all those real-life, caught-on-video bloopers and accidents that are the staple of shows like 'Funniest Home Videos'? Guess what? According to the Hollywood Reporter A lot of them are staged. The market for bloopers has simply become too large to rely on accidental bloopers alone.
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Neck-Bomb Hoaxer
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
On August 28 a man with a bomb padlocked to his neck robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. The bomb blew up shortly thereafter, killing the man. The case got a lot of attention, so given human nature it shouldn't surprise anyone that neck-bomb copycat hoaxers are now popping up.
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Don’t Get Back into Your Car While Refueling
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
There's an email going around warning people not to reenter their car while filling the tank at a gas station. Doing so might create a spark that will set the gas fumes on fire, causing a flash fire. Now this sounds like some kind of urban legend, but Mike Davis at CarConnection.com, who's done some research into the subject, warns that the danger is small but real.
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A Fake McCoy
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
The real McCoy has her identity stolen. Fake McCoy still at large.
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Cardiff Giant
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
At the Farmer's Museum in upstate New York this weekend they're celebrating the Cardiff Giant's 134th birthday with a birthday cake contest. It seems to me they're celebrating his birthday a little early. I thought he was discovered on October 16, 1869. But I'm not one to split hairs over something like that. I just wish I was there.
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Will coughing help ease a heart attack?
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 14, 2003
An email has been going around claiming that vigorous coughing can help you survive a heart attack. I received it, and to be honest I thought it sounded pretty believable. I should have known better. According to heart specialists, coughing won't make a heart attack any worse, but it's also not going to make it any better. Just another example of why you shouldn't believe medical advice you get from forwarded emails. The proper thing to do if you think you're having a heart attack is to take some aspirin.
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