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Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942

Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Cursed by Allah
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Phantom Game Console
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 26, 2003
Recently a company called Infinium Labs announced that it would soon be coming out with a high-powered game console called 'Phantom' that it promises will revolutionize the gaming industry. You can check out their very slick website to find out more about the console. But rumors have began to spread suggesting that there is no Phantom Game Console, that the whole thing is a hoax. The rumors started when someone paid a visit to the company's headquarters and discovered that the headquarters consisted of nothing more than a "100ft x 100ft room with a desk and...
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Vote for the Vampire
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 24, 2003
Here's a guy that should be running for Governor of California. He's wasted on Crouch Hill ward.
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A Real What Is It?
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 23, 2003
When I first saw this picture I thought, 'that can't be a real animal, it's got to be a hoax.' But apparently it's real. It's an angora rabbit. What an odd-looking creature. More pictures can be found here. (link via Geisha asobi blog)
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Thing in the Solar Light
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 22, 2003
A reader named Chelsea has shared a fascinating site. It's ThingInTheSolarLight.com. The story here is that a couple just bought a solar-powered light for their yard. They set it up, and then they noticed a strange shape appearing to move inside the light. They captured this strange movement on video, and dubbed the moving spectre the 'Wasist.' I think that should be pronounced Vas-Ist. It's german for 'What is it?' The whole thing is quite loony, of course, but oddly entertaining.
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Lapdance Island
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 21, 2003
Britain's Channel 4 was flooded with applicants hoping to get a spot on the new Reality Show called Lapdance Island. In this show ten men would be on an island with forty lapdancers. The winner would be the one who could keep his hands off the dancers for the longest. But the show was a hoax. Details here.
Blackout Photo Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 21, 2003
A photo of last week's blackout showing a startling dark patch in the northeast is going around. It looks like a fake to me.
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The Real Reason for the Blackout
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 19, 2003
You may have thought that last week's massive blackout was caused by something like an aging national grid, bad transmission lines, or even human error. But guess what? It actually happened because it was the 60th anniversary of the Philadelphia Experiment. At least, so claims Al Bielek. I'm not clear on why the anniversary caused the lights to go out, but maybe all the power got sucked backwards through time or something. Even more sensationally, Bielek claims that he predicted the blackout a few weeks ago. In case you don't know about him, Bielek claims to...
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Black Market Babies
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
If you feel like adopting a baby, but can't for some reason, just give the folks at Black Market Babies $50,000 and they'll steal someone's baby and give it to you. They also offer black market pandas and black market tigers for sale. Unfortunately their online form for submitting orders is 'temporarily' out of order. (Link via Entensity.net, who linked to me. Warning: their site is not safe for work).
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Is that food real or plastic?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
Sometimes plastic display food, like you often find in Japanese restaurants, can look awfully real. This website has a shockwave test that challenges you to separate photos of real food from the plastic stuff. The pictures are too small to really make a good decision, but it's a neat idea. (why they felt the need to design the test in shockwave, I can't figure out. HTML would have worked perfectly well for something this simple, and when viewing it with Safari it crashed my browser).
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More eBay Auctions
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
I got an email from the girl (not guy) selling the Air Guitar and Ring of Saturn on eBay. Turns out she has a few other items for sale, such as a Ticket to Heaven (in case you're worried about going to Hell), and the Answer to Life and the Universe. I guess she's mastering the art of the Strange eBay Auction. WhatTheHeck.com...
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Inner Peace
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
Here's a silly email that's going around. Not a hoax. Just a joke: Inner Peace I'm passing this along to you as I consider you a valued friend. This worked for me and I think it may work for you. I have found Inner Peace. Recently I read an article that stated: The best way to achieve inner peace is to Finish Things You Have Started. So today I finished two large bags of potato chips, the last half of a lemon cream pie, a nearly full bottle of Jose Cuervo, a small box of Godiva Chocolates and I slapped the living shit out of someone I have never liked. I feel better than I have felt for a long time! Please pass this along to a friend who is...
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Excelsior, Minnesota: No Starbucks Allowed
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
The small town of Excelsior, Minnesota recently launched an ad campaign declaring that big retailers such as Starbucks and Home Depot were not welcome in its community. A bold position to take, especially considering that those retailers had never expressed any interest in opening up stores there.
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The Crop Circle/Beer Connection
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 17, 2003
Some new crop circles in Devon may be inspired by a potent new beer.
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Ring of Saturn for Sale
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 16, 2003
Is Peter Lynds a Hoax?
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 16, 2003
Recently a 27-year-old New Zealander named Peter Lynds has been getting a lot of attention. He's been hailed as the next Einstein because he's come up with an entirely new theory of time. And he's done this without having any formal qualifications as a physicist. But suggestions that Peter Lynds may be nothing more than a hoax have been cropping up. Some have even doubted the guy's existence. The
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