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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Cursed by Allah

Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
A Vermont Wedding
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
The town of Manchester, Vermont is set abuzz when rumors spread that the marriage of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck will occur there. Unfortunately, the rumors turn out to be false.
Categories: Celebrities, Sex/Romance Comments (0)
Lottery Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Philadelphia DJ claims on air that his traffic reporter has one of the winning tickets for the $230 million Powerball lottery. A media frenzy ensues, followed by outrage when it all turns out to be a hoax.
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Crop Circles
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Four teenagers confess to having made the crop circles that appeared in the Sacramento Valley a few weeks ago (the largest circles ever to appear in the US). But others think the teenagers are lying.
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Superman Vanishes
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 13, 2003
Jeff Germann, webmaster of the Superman Museum in Metropolis, IL, writes to tell of an April Fool's Day prank he pulled in the Superman Collectors Monthly Newsletter. With a little help from Photoshop, he managed to convince quite a few people that the Superman statue standing outside the museum had been stolen. He says: This one article resulted in more emails than any other article we posted. Believe it or not, I am STILL receiving emails at times from people who are upset over the theft of a fifteen foot tall bronze statue, even though on the "update" link, I come clean about it being a prank.   Now you see it......
Categories: April Fools Day Comments (0)
An Irish Life
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 12, 2003
A New Jersey DJ charmed listeners with her thick Irish brogue and tales of her life growing up in the Emerald Isle. Just one problem. She grew up in New Jersey. (Via the hoaxes community on LiveJournal)
Categories: Identity/Imposters Comments (0)
Eurorest is a scam
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 12, 2003
A visitor asks if Eurorest is a hoax? Well, if not a hoax, then it's definitely a scam. The premise of Eurorest is that if you agree to send a message promoting their business to seven of your friends (i.e. if you agree to turn yourself into a spammer acting on their behalf), then they'll send you a 'cheque' that you can use to get 14 free days of stay at participating European hotels. But here's where it gets fishy. Sending off the emails doesn't automatically get you a 'cheque.' It only enrolls you in a lottery with the possibility that you'll receive one of these cheques. Who wants to bet that the...
Categories: Business/Finance Comments (8)
Whale Watching in the Midwest
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 12, 2003
A visitor pointed out to me that I had neglected to include Lake Michigan Whale Watching in my list of hoax sites. Plus, while we're on the subject of whale watching in the midwest, let's not forget the web page devoted to the wonders of Mankato, Minnesota, where the temperature never drops below 70 degrees fahrenheit, even in the dead of winter, thanks to the presence of hot springs that heat the air. Mankato boasts a
Categories: Animals, Places Comments (0)
Olde Frothingslosh Pale Stale Ale
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 11, 2003
A visitor (Bill Graham) informed me of a memorable hoax that I missed: Ye Olde Frothingsloth Pale Stale Ale. Frothingslosh is a unique beer that's so light that the beer actually floats on top of the foam. It all started out as a running joke on Rege Cordic's Pittsburgh radio show in the 1950s. He made up all kinds of joke ads for this fictitious beer and invented slogans such as "A whale of an ale for the pale stale male" and "Hi dittom dottom, the foam is on the...
Categories: Food Comments (15)
Heineken Hoax Campaign
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 10, 2003
Heineken invites you to create your own hoax.
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Missing Stories at New York Times
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 10, 2003
Last week everyone was linking to this spoof about the missing Weapons of Mass Destruction. It even managed to become the first item displayed if you typed in 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' on Google (though Google has since changed that). In the same spirit, here's a spoof page about Jayson Blair and the New York Times.
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Puppy Love
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 10, 2003
It sounded awful. Five puppies thrown onto the highway from a moving car. Tracy Lloyd claimed that she managed to save one of them, while other motorists scooped up the other four. Turns out the whole tale was bogus. Lloyd wasn't allowed to keep pets in her apartment, so she had made up a sob-story to convince her landlord to bend the rules for her. Her story was exposed when the person who sold the dog to her saw Lloyd telling about the highway incident on tv.
Categories: Animals, Con Artists Comments (2)
Baby Ink Perpetrators Found
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 10, 2003
David Emery, of About.com's Urban Legends and Folklore page, found out that the Baby Ink tattoo parlor was an April Fool's day joke created by a couple of San Diego DJs. The DJs boast about the prank on their website (you need to scroll about halfway down to find the reference).
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The Mystery of Splat Solved
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 10, 2003
Finally an answer to the riddle of 'what is Splat' that sounds like it's probably correct. According to John Lundberg of circlemakers.org, Splat was a sculpture created by the British artist John Isaacs in the mid 1990s.
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The Anniversary of Roswell
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 09, 2003
On July 8, 1947, 56 years ago today, the Roswell Daily Record made UFO history by announcing on its front page the discovery by the army of a flying saucer in the Roswell region. The army soon retracted its statement that it had discovered a flying saucer, leading to ever-growing suspicion of a cover-up. Here's a transcript of the 1947 article.
Tattoos for Kids
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 09, 2003
Here's the latest hoax website making the rounds: Baby Ink, a tattoo parlor for kids. The site claims that any kid over the age of six months is allowed to get a tattoo as long as their parent signs a consent form. But I don't believe that's right. That would be a bit like saying kids are allowed to smoke or drink alcohol as long as their parents consent to it. No, I think you have to be 18 or over to get a tattoo (or is it 16 and over?). The site lists a San Diego location that's quite near to where I live. I think I'll drive by and see what's actually there.
Categories: Birth/Babies, Websites Comments (1)
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