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war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Wingdings Prophecies
Wingdings are a series of so-called "dingbat fonts" in Microsoft Word. They display symbols and pictures instead of letters, with each symbol corresponding to a different letter. In 1992, soon after the release of Windows 3.1, a rumor began to circulate alleging that anti-semitic messages had been coded into wingdings. The cause of this rumor was the (true) fact that if you typed the letters NYC using wingdings, you got a skull and crossbones, a star of David, and a thumbs up symbol:

Conspiracy theorists claimed that Microsoft programmers had deliberately designed this into the font as a way of urging people to kill New York City Jews. Microsoft strongly denied these allegations. However, because of the controversy, when Microsoft designed the successor to wingdings in the late 90s, Webdings, they deliberately ensured that a happy message appeared when the letters NYC were typed:

September 11, 2001

The wingdings controversy returned after 9/11, when an email began to circulate claiming that wingdings had predicted the attack on the World Trade Center. The rumor alleged that if you typed Q33NY using wingdings (Q33NY supposedly being the flight number of one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center) you would see a picture that looked like a plane flying towards two building towers followed by a skull and crossbones and the star of David.:

In reality, Q33NY was not the flight number of any of the hijacked planes. Their flight numbers were 11 and 175. Q33NY was completely meaningless. It was simply what needed to be typed in wingdings in order to get a plane and two buildings to appear.
Wingdings spells out doom
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Bad coincidence
Posted by Cryptid lover  on  Wed May 09, 2012  at  11:43 PM
I do rather believe that, as a member of the knighted community - Since 1986 by the Queen herself - that I have a place in the argument on the world trade centres. I think microsoft should be sued for all they own for this monstrocity! For future reference, If anyone would like to see proof of my knighthood, a google search of groundbreaking foeti research.
Posted by Sir Phineas Tinkle  in  Tashkent, Uzbekistan  on  Thu Nov 15, 2012  at  06:59 AM
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