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A newspaper in the Indian city of Tiruchirappalli published a picture of a boy with an eerie ghost hovering behind him. They claimed the boy had encountered the ghost while on a school picnic, and went into a coma. Now the ghost was stalking other boys. As a result, families throughout the region started keeping their kids home, out of school. The photo, of course, was a photoshopped fake. More details here.
Ninja Burger: The world's predominant undergound ninja-run fast food delivery service
Origami Boulder: The Japanese art of folding paper used to make round rocks
Buy Dehydrated Water: It's compact, lightweight, and easy to store
Baby Smasher: use baby-changing stations to dispose of unwanted babies
Chrissy Caviar: A woman sells her eggs as caviar
Power from the Phone Company: Plug your electrical appliances into the phonejack
Home Despot: Shop, Destroy, Rule
I was at the beer store recently and I was pleased to discover some beers with prankish themes. First there was the aptly named Pranqster from North Coast Brewing. This was a great beer with a very fruity taste. High marks. Next I stumbled upon The Three Stooges Beer. I had to get it just for the label, but it turned out to have a pretty mediocre flavor. Not bad, but nothing special either. Of course, the king of all hoaxy/prankish beers would be Olde Frothingslosh, the beer so light that the foam floats on the bottom, which I've never had a chance to buy or taste.
Some board games with hoaxy themes: First, the Crop Circles Mystery Board Game, it's the Game With Healing Energies (via liquito). Next we have Tall Tales, the Game of Legends, Humdingers, and Creative One-Upmanship.
Got an email from Kentaro Mori who runs a Brazilian weblog about hoaxes (he also translated my hoax photo test into Portuguese at one point). He took a look at the video of that guy ducking under the bus. Whereas I thought the guy must be on the opposite side of the bus, employing a trick of perspective to make it look like the bus was going over him, Kentaro analyzed some of the frames of the video a little more closely and suggests that the bus is actually going over him. Could be. If so, hopefully it was a staged stunt, otherwise I can imagine the heart attack the guy must have given the bus driver (who doesn't appear to even slow down).
Here's yet another 9/11 hoax. Cyril Kendall has been sentenced to 11 to 33 years in prison for claiming that his son Wilfred died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Because of his claim he got $160,000 from the Red Cross, which he used to buy a new car. The only problem: he never had a son named Wilfred. (Story in the NY Times, Reg. Req.).
The Panama Truth Commission hoped to uncover the truth of what happened in that country during the reigns of the dictators Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega. So they brought in Sandra Anderson, a dog trainer whose bone-sniffing dog could help locate the bodies of the dead. But now there are fears that Anderson was a fraud who planted evidence when her dog couldn't find any.
Miami company sells tattoo-like stickers to elderly people, claiming that the stickers will function as high-tech medical alert devices. But it turns out that the stickers weren't high-tech at all. They were just stickers.
Fark.com is running a contest to photoshop ads that use false advertising. There are a few amusing entries, such as 'Spam: 100% Pure Meat.'