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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
John Myatt, forger
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 24, 2002
The forger John Myatt has now become respectable and is showing and selling his art in galleries. The works are still forgeries, but now they're openly acknowledged as such, and they're flying off the shelves.
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Email riot
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 23, 2002
A glitch in Wesleyan's email system sparked an e-mail riot when students realized that they were all plugged into a network that gave them access to the e-mail of every other student at the college.
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Terrorism Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 19, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist muses on when pranks and hoaxes can get out of hand... as in the case of terrorist hoaxes
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Weeping Mary
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 18, 2002
For the past six months thousands of people have been flocking to see a small fibreglass statue of the Virgin Mary in a church in Perth, Australia that is supposedly weeping rose-scented tears. But many scientists, including Doug Clarke of Murdoch University, dismiss the statue as a hoax: Mr Clarke believes that when the statue was made, a cavity was built into the head of the statue and for some reason he believes it has been filled with an oil similar to soya-bean oil.
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Fake Abductions
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 17, 2002
The hot new thing in extreme adventure: Fake Abductions. People are actually paying for the excitement of being abducted. Bizarre.
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Fake Tourists Catch Cheats
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 17, 2002
From The Guardian, Prague police have declared war on cheating taxi-cab drivers by unleashing an army of fake tourists to flush out the cheats.
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Crop Circle Analysis
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 17, 2002
Simon Jeffery of The Guardian offers a comprehensive guide to the phenomenon of crop circles.
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Fake abduction
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 16, 2002
From today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A woman invents an elaborate story about being kidnapped by three abductors, prompting police to send in a SWAT team to rescue her. They find her sitting alone in her car. The abductors were all a figment of her imagination.
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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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