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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 16, 2002
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks of the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dance troupe: is it parody or real ballet? What is Les Ballets Trockadero all about? From their website, it's about "teaching hairy guys in tutus how to take flight."
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Rejection Hotline, II
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 16, 2002
An LA Times reader reacts to the Sept. 9 story about the hotline for 'losers' (from LA Times, requires registration):The idea of a woman giving out a bogus "loser's" phone number instead of her own is an old one ("Hey, Loser, Got a Message for You," Sept. 9). Some years ago I met an attractive young woman and asked for her number. She gleefully gave it to me. I phoned the very next day, only to hear a taped recording: "Thank you for calling the Los Angeles Zoo.... " My only solace was a good laugh because, even though the joke was on me, it was truly funny. Unfortunately, Jeff Goldblatt's "loser's" phone number is lean on humor and…
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Rejection Hotline
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 10, 2002
If someone asks for your phone number and you don't want to give it to them, get rid of them discreetly by giving them the number for the rejection hotline. They'll think it's your number until they dial it up and hear this prerecorded message: "The person who gave you this number obviously did not want you to have their real number. Maybe you're just not this person's type.... This could mean short, fat, ugly, dumb, annoying, arrogant or just a general loser. Maybe you suffer from bad breath, body odor or even both. Maybe you just give off that creepy, overbearing, psycho-stalker vibe. Maybe the idea of going out with you just seems as appealing as playing leapfrog with…
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Street Scams
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 09, 2002
Crop Circles: Quest for Truth
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 07, 2002
There's a new documentary movie out called "Crop Circles: Quest for Truth." It's got a pretty cool website. Apparently it argues that crop circles are the work of extraterrestrial beings of natural forces. But the San Francisco Chronicle reviews it and calls it a "credulous bore."
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Push, Nevada
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 07, 2002
Elaine Dutka, writing for the LA Times, notes a minor prank that occurred on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show:Producers of ABC's "Good Morning America" inadvertently served up a plug for a new drama-reality series airing on the network, Variety reports. As weatherman Tony Perkins was chatting with folks outside the studio, he encountered some fellows who claimed to be members of the Push, Nev., hockey team. As it happened, there is no such town--except in ABC's new series of the same name, executive-produced by Ben Affleck and Sean Bailey. The athletes in question were really actors hired by ADD--a company employed by ABC to mount a guerrilla public relations campaign for the show. No one at ABC News had been…
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Crocodile Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 06, 2002
Fake Psychic
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 06, 2002
A report by the St. Petersburg Times.Psychic fails to predict her own arrest. From Agence France Presse, Sept. 4:A US woman who claimed to be a psychic medium and conned her clients and the taxman was Wednesday ordered to pay 60,000 dollars restitution to her victims. Sonia Merino, 50 and her husband Steve Merino, 44, each admitted one count of tax fraud in connection with their mail business called "Sonia Psychic Advisor" and agreed to repay 60,000 dollars in ill-gotten gains, including 1,200 dollars to a client to whom she sold fake holy water. In addition to demanding that the couple stump up restitution for their victims, prosecutors have also recommended that the pair serve 18 to 24 months in…
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TV Fakes
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 06, 2002
A short history of TV fakes from the Scottish Daily Record.
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Simonya Popova
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 05, 2002
In its latest issue Sports Illustrated has run a hoax article detailing the career of Simonya Popova, a 17-year-old rising tennis star/sex symbol from Uzbekistan. The name Simonya was a play on the recent movie Simone, about an actress who doesn't really exist. At the end of the article the author, Jon Wertheim, admits Simonya doesn't exist, but this hasn't calmed down the WTA who apparently are up in arms about the hoax. From the AP report: (WTA) Spokesman Chris De Maria called the story deceiving and was annoyed at its emphasis on Simonya's sexuality. "It was misleading and irritating," he said. "There are a lot of great stories out there. We didn't need a fake one."
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A credit to the human spirit
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 05, 2002
This letter has been doing the e-mail rounds. I don't think it's real.
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Shoe Corner
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 04, 2002
The Mystery of Shoe Corner: "Thousands of shoes have been dumped there over the years, and residents can't figure out how or why."
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Fake Lithuanian Cops
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 04, 2002
Lithuania deploys fake police to slow traffic. I think they tried something like this in Washington DC also.
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Little Tree
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 02, 2002
The Independent remembers the "tall tale of Little Tree and the Cherokee who was really a Klansman." A puzzling literary hoax which raises the classic question which always hovers around literary and artistic hoaxes: does it matter if it's a hoax if people enjoy it?
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The Great Potato Play of August 31, 1987
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 02, 2002
More about the Great Potato Play of Aug. 31, 1987, in which catcher Dave Bresnahan threw a peeled potato out into left field in order to lure a player from third base and tag him out. Bresnahan was fired as soon as the game ended, but his name has become immortal in baseball lore. A year after the event, fans paid one dollar and one potato as admission to celebrate Dave Bresnahan Day.Pictures of Bowman Field, Home of the Potato PlayDan Lewerenz's AP article remembering the potato playA Baseball America piece about the potato play, written a few weeks after it occurred.The Official Site of the Williamsport Crosscutters discusses the potato caper in detail.
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