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July 2006
Did Ken Lay Fake His Death?
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 09, 2006
Status: Undetermined (I refuse to give him the benefit of the doubt) Ken Lay was reported dead on Wednesday. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be severe coronary disease. But almost as soon as word of his death hit the internet, the conspiracy theories started. Scott Adams summed up what many were thinking in his Dilbert Blog: Does it seem suspicious to you that ex-Enron CEO Ken Lay died right before they could put his guilty ass behind bars? I wonder how…
Categories: Death Comments (17)
Huggable Urns
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 07, 2006
Status: Weird, but real Christophe Thill sent me a link to Huggable Urns (they're teddy bears that hold cremains) along with the message: "This has to be a hoax? Right? Right?" Sorry, Christophe. I don't think so. The Huggable Urns look real enough, and if you click on the 'Buy Now' button on the products page, it takes you to a PayPal payment page, which is usually a good sign that a product is real. Actually, although the huggable urns seem a bit ghoulish and tacky, they're not that bad an idea. They're better than many alternatives. For…
Categories: Death Comments (20)
The Frosties Kid Is Dead
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 07, 2006
Status: Urban Legend A recent ad for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes shows a blond-haired kid dancing around singing "They're going to taste great!" I think this is a British ad. At least, I've never seen it here in America. And all the references to it I've found occur in the British press. For instance, David Whitehouse writes in the Guardian: Pity the poor Kellogg's marketing department... all they wanted to do was make an advert in which a chirpy young scamp would skip his way through…
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Unfortunate URL: OMFG.com
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 06, 2006
Status: Real Here's another site to add to my ongoing list of unfortunate URLsOMFG.com. The site explains that OMFG stands for 'Official Meeting Facilities Guide.' They claim to be "the industry’s leading meeting planning print directory for the most active meeting professionals." They seem to have no clue that OMFG is more commonly used as an acronym for a different phrase ('Oh My F***ing God'). But having this URL probably generates a fair amount of traffic for them, so maybe it was an intentional choice. Plus, it's an easy URL to remember. (Thanks to Kathy for the link.)
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Submarine At The Beach
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 06, 2006
Status: Real Supposedly this is a picture of a Russian nuclear sub cruising by a beach somewhere in Russia. I've noticed this picture posted on a number of blogs, but the info about it comes from strategypage.com. However, no source for the photo is indicated. Is it real? I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be. Here in San Diego it's quite common to see nuclear subs cruising past, especially if you're at Cabrillo Point or Coronado. I imagine the same must be true in Russia. Update: For comparison, here's a photo I took about two…
Categories: Military, Photos/Videos Comments (30)
Big Ben Goes Digital (Again)
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 05, 2006
Status: Prank Recently Big Ben's chimes have been silenced as repairs are made to it. Apparently this has inspired policemen at Westminster to revive the BBC's 1980 April Fool's Day joke. The BBC Reports: Policemen at the Palace of Westminster are notorious for their mischievous sense of humour when it comes to dealing with tourists. For example, they once nominated a camera-shy constable as the "official" PC to be photographed by visitors eager to be snapped with a British bobby. But the latest wheeze takes the biscuit. Apparently when tourists ask why Big Ben has…
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Hooker-vertising
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 05, 2006
Status: Hoax Yahoo News! reports on a hoax website, http://www.instoresnow.nl, created by a Dutch design student, Raoul Balai. It pretends to be an ad agency that offers advertising space on the bodies of prostitutes. It also offers to place ads on zoo animals. Big Gary points out that this is basically a variation on the old 'advertise on my forehead... or other body part' stunt. (Imagine brothel patrons or zoo goers having to wear body-ad blockers.) Yahoo News! reports:
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Bolibao - The Breast-Plump Pill
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 05, 2006
Status: Beauty Product Scam Chinese women are reportedly flocking to buy Bolibao ('Stay Fit' in English), a pill that, according to its manufacturer, can transfer body fat from a woman's hips to her breasts. Therefore it supposedly slims your hips and boosts your bra size at the same time. It's being heavily marketed on Chinese TV despite the fact that a) it doesn't work, and b) it causes a variety of negative side effects. The brazenness of the scam is pretty remarkable. The Shanghai Daily reports:
Concrete Soccer Ball Prank
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 05, 2006
Status: Prank I probably shouldn't be amused by this. After all, it could cause someone to really damage their toes: TWO people in Berlin are nursing bruised toes after kicking footballs that have been filled with CONCRETE. German cops are hunting the prankster who has been filling the balls with cement and leaving them around Berlin along with signs saying: "Can you kick it?" Six of the concrete stuffed footballs have been found so far, all chained to fences. A police spokesman said: "So far two young men, a 21-year-old and a 23-year-old, have been treated for…
Categories: Pranks, Sports Comments (9)
The Cumato (Cucumber-Tomato)
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 01, 2006
Status: Undetermined The Alvin Sun-Advertiser reports on a rare hybrid found by a local gardener — a tomato-cucumber. They're calling it a 'Cumato': Mario Rodriguez may have made history. According to Rodrigues, he found a specimen on a cucumber plant that was situated close to his tomato vines, Rodriguez plucked the interesting vegetable that looked like a normal tomato (right) but was attached to one of his cucumber plants. He has yet to name the hybrid and there is apparently no record of…
Categories: Food Comments (31)
Breast Ironing
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 01, 2006
Status: Real When I posted last week about the surgical procedure of hymen repair (and how it's used to fake the appearance of virginity) some people commented that the practice was so widely known that it scarcely warranted inclusion on the site. These same people will doubtless also be familiar with the Cameroon practice of 'breast ironing', but it's new to me, so I'm guessing it'll be new to some other people as well. According to the BBC, breast ironing: "involves pounding and massaging the developing breasts of young girls with hot…
Categories: Body Manipulation Comments (17)
Bicycle-Eating Tree
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 01, 2006
Status: Real The bicycle-eating tree is probably familiar to most residents of Washington, since it's located on Vashon Island, Washington (and won a 1994 contest to select the most unusual places or events in the Washington-Oregon area), but it's new to me. Apparently someone, decades ago, left their bicycle leaning against the tree, and as the tree kept growing it enveloped the bike and now lifts it seven feet off the ground. I think it's amazing that a) the tree actually grew around the bike instead of pushing it over, and that b) in all that time no one…
Categories: Places Comments (48)
Shark Head
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 01, 2006
Status: Real Museum of Hoaxers helped make last week's Real-or-Not Challenge at Divester.com it's most popular yet. So we're now getting a special heads-up (pun intended) each time they post a new Real-or-Not challenge. Their latest photo shows a shark in all its "bug-eyed, needle-tooth glory." I would vote real, but that's just my personal, non-expert opinion. Maybe it's a trick. I'll post the answer here (not in a new post) when it's revealed. Update: It's real. This is a photo of a crocodile shark. It's a small shark with large eyes for hunting in deep…
Categories: Animals, Photos/Videos Comments (16)
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