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Bigot Mom Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 17, 2014
the entire story was made up. The deejays explained that they were staging a publicity stunt to boost ratings "attempting to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic"....
Miscegenation Hoax Anniversary
Posted by The Curator on Sun Feb 16, 2014
Miscegenation Hoax of 1864, which, as he notes, was "one of the greatest and least remembered political media hoaxes in American history." The old hoax is certainly evidence that bigotry has always been a part of American politics. As Kadish notes, the hoax foreshadowed modern political hoaxes that play to bigotry, such as the claim that Obama is a Muslim. The race-mixing hoax that dogged Lincoln By Philip Kadish This year is the 150th...
Subversive Vodafone Puppet Ad
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 08, 2014
Things keep looking worse for that New Jersey Waitress
Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 05, 2013
posted yesterday that Dayna Morales (the "I received a homophobic note and no tip" woman) had been suspended from the restaurant where she was working. Now, the consumerist reports that someone got the idea of checking to see if she actually donated the money she received to the Wounded Warrior Project, as she promised she was going to. The news (kinda predictably) is that no donation was given under her name, or from the zip code where she lives, or from the restaurant. So unless she made the donation under a different name, it looks like she reneged on the one positive thing that people were giving her...
Another Zero-Tip Receipt
Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 04, 2013
huffpost] Mr. Swan hasn't revealed what restaurant this happened at. So details are impossible to verify. But I have a hunch that this case actually is real, unlike the other recent zero-tip-receipt cases that have been in the news. Speaking of which, last Friday Gallop Asian Bistro announced it was suspending Dayna Morales, pending further investigation. She's...
Another case of a note on a restaurant receipt
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 26, 2013
uploaded it to the facebook page of the "Have A Gay Day" organization. The photo attracted a lot of publicity and sympathetic supporters soon sent Morales almost $3000, which she says she's donating to charity. But the twist in the story: a couple has contacted a local news station claiming they were the ones whom Morales served and a) they...
The Mystery of the Racist Red Lobster Receipt
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 21, 2013
back in September after posting on her facebook page a picture of a receipt she claimed one of her customers left her, with a racist remark ("None N**ger") scrawled on it in place of a tip. The story received even more attention when, a few weeks later, a stranger who was moved by her story gave her a check for $10,759. But meanwhile, the guy who left the receipt insisted he didn't write that phrase. He admits he wrote the word "None" on the tip line, because he ordered his food to-go. But that other word, he says, wasn't his...
Seriously Richview Collegiate
Posted by The Curator on Tue Feb 12, 2013
Was Mancow really waterboarded?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 01, 2009
series of posts last week to shockjock Erich Muller, aka Mancow. First they praised him for having undergone waterboarding so he could decide for himself whether or not it was torture. But then they obtained a series of emails from Mancow's publicist suggesting the entire thing was a hoax, that Mancow faked being waterboarded. Mancow insists the waterboarding wasn't faked, despite what his publicist's email may suggest. Apparently there's no video of the event, which is the only thing that would conclusively end the debate. Frankly, I find it hard to care one way or the other....
Moms Behaving Badly
Posted by The Curator on Mon May 11, 2009
Mystery Stones Explained
Posted by The Curator on Fri Apr 17, 2009
Little Green Pill Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Apr 09, 2009
The Dark Side of April Fool’s Day
Posted by The Curator on Wed Apr 08, 2009
this one, featuring a woman who "pranked" her brother-in-law by calling him and telling him that her 1-year-old child wasn't breathing, appear in the news.
Posted by The Curator on Mon Apr 06, 2009
Here's a link that should work. Plus, this article (unlike the first one I linked to) makes clear that what actually happened is that the guys moved the car into a restricted parking lot, meant only for nuclear engineers, which is why the security got nervous.
Helix High Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 18, 2008
local, neighborhood hoax. (I live about 2 blocks from Helix High School in La Mesa, a San Diego suburb): A report of an armed man at Helix High School that prompted a lockdown on the campus Tuesday was a student hoax, police said. An investigation by school staff and the La Mesa Police Department determined that the student who reported seeing a man with a gun had fabricated the report, La Mesa police Lt. David Bond said Wednesday....