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June 2003
polar bears Here's a picture sent by a visitor to the site named Dorothy. It's titled 'Manitoba Home Security.'
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Fri Jun 13, 2003
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The Chicago Tribune on the McDonald's Whole-Wheat Hoax. Apparently, and contrary to McDonald's belief, dying white bread a caramel color does not make it "whole wheat."
Categories: Food
Posted by Alex on Thu Jun 12, 2003
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Nonprofitabletech. A software company dedicated to raising lots of venture capital money.
Categories: Business/Finance, Websites
Posted by Alex on Thu Jun 12, 2003
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julia jennifer Redbook draws fire from Julia Roberts for putting a picture of her on its cover in which a recent image of her head is pasted onto an old picture of her body. Ironically, the title of their article about her is "The Real Julia." Redbook also recently got in trouble for doing the same thing to Jennifer Aniston. The problem, of course, is not in their use of composite images (everyone does that), but in doing such a poor job of them.
Categories: Celebrities, Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Wed Jun 11, 2003
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Apple introduces the P4 Laptop in order to compete with Microsoft's iLoo.
Categories: Technology
Posted by Alex on Wed Jun 11, 2003
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ghost in a jar If you missed the Ghost In A Jar thing on eBay, Reason Online provides a summary of it. Unfortunately the original ghost in a jar page has been pulled from eBay, though it's been archived here. But now the Ghost in a Jar has its own weblog on LiveJournal. And of course hundreds of ghost-in-a-jar imitations are now flourishing on eBay. And there's even an entire website devoted to ghost-in-a-jar stuff.
Categories: eBay, Paranormal
Posted by Alex on Tue Jun 10, 2003
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The Observer details how the News of the World came to believe a far-fetched yarn about a plot to kidnap Victoria Beckham, even though their source was a serial liar.
Categories: Journalism, Sports
Posted by Alex on Tue Jun 10, 2003
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The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Peter Carey is writing a novel about the Ern Malley hoax. It'll be titled My Life As A Fake. Ern Malley was the name of a poet who wowed Australia's Modernist literary establishment back in the 1940s. Trouble was, he was just a fictitious character invented as a prank by some anti-Modernists. Details here.
Categories: Literature/Language
Posted by Alex on Tue Jun 10, 2003
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The San Francisco Chronicle argues that America is suffering from an epidemic of lying, as a consequence of which we're no longer shocked by scandals such as the Jayson Blair Affair. We just expect that everyone is lying.
Categories: Journalism
Posted by Alex on Tue Jun 10, 2003
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The "Yehoash Tablet" found in Israel last year turns out to be a fake.
Categories: History
Posted by Alex on Mon Jun 09, 2003
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The auction of a genuine backup model of Sputnik on eBay is pulled because of hoax bids. Some more details here.
Categories: eBay
Posted by Alex on Mon Jun 09, 2003
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The singer Damion Hall is not dead, despite recent email rumors to the contrary (supposedly he was found dead on a greyhound bus).
Categories: Death
Posted by Alex on Mon Jun 09, 2003
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New, more accurate lie detectors being developed based on brain analysis.
Categories: Science
Posted by Alex on Sat Jun 07, 2003
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I wouldn't call this a hoax website, but it's definitely a site that has a strong viewpoint about reality. To be precise, the creator of the site knows exactly what is a calculator, and what is not a calculator.
Categories: Art
Posted by Alex on Sat Jun 07, 2003
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Now here's an odd story. An article in the Guardian tells the tale of Takako Konishi, a Japanese girl who apparently believed that the movie Fargo was real (perhaps because it says it's a true story at the beginning, though it isn't) and went off to North Dakota to find the million dollars that one of the characters buries during the movie. Unfortunately Takako died trying to find the money. Or so everyone thought. The reporter who went to investigate finds out the real truth behind what happened to Takako.
Categories: Entertainment, Places
Posted by Alex on Fri Jun 06, 2003
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