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November 2006
Big Dog Needs Home
Posted by The Curator on Wed Nov 29, 2006
Adela forwarded me this email, wanting to know if it's real or fake: Need a dog?????????? An actual ad from Colorado! FREE to an approved home. Excellent guard dog, loves other small-dog breeds. Answers to the name of Dolly. Will eat anything, owner cannot afford to feed her anymore, as there are no more thieves, murderers, rapists or molesters left in the neighborhood. Your help will be appreciated... The text, I assume, is fake. But the picture looks real. That's just…
Categories: Animals, Email Hoaxes Comments (44)
Bruce Lee Theme Park Patrolled by Mannequin Robots
Posted by The Curator on Wed Nov 29, 2006
There's word of a Bruce Lee theme park being built in China. Nothing particularly weird about that, and no reason not to believe it's true. Here's the weird part: According to local reports, the park will be patrolled by Bruce Lee “mannequin robots”, radio-controlled from within a giant statue of the late star. Also, there's going to be a rollercoaster "that emits the martial arts actor’s signature grunts and screams on high-speed bends." Sounds kind of cool. I'm guessing that the part about the mannequin robots somehow got lost in translation. In reality, they'll probably have people dressed up…
Categories: Entertainment, Places Comments (9)
Craigslist Free Baby Ad
Posted by Boo on Sun Nov 26, 2006
Two people contacted the San Diego police department after reading an advertisement offering a free baby on Craigslist, an online classified ad service. The police obtained copies of the advertisement after being alerted to the possible child endangerment matter. The ad said: “Free baby boy to good home. My ex-girlfriend had him a few weeks ago, but now he just sits in my closet and cries. I'm not too sure how to deal with it, and I'm in a pretty low financial spot. I lost all the baby accessories. Batteries not included. Transaction final. No returns. Guaranteed not DOA.” There was also a photograph of a baby, and the information that…
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Jon-Erik Beckjord has taken photographs that show images of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, as well as OJ Simpson, he claims. The photos were taken at the scene of the murders, and Beckjord believes that the images are an accusation from beyond the grave. He says that the photographs show OJ's face alongside those he was acquitted of murdering, and his theory is that the spirits of Goldman and Simpson are making a statement. Beckjord is a keen observer of the strange. "He acts as perhaps a psychic “lightening rod” for anomalies, since he has filmed Nessie, filmed UFOs at Area…
Quick Links: Giant Pawprints Puzzle Couple, etc.
Posted by Boo on Mon Nov 20, 2006
Giant Pawprints Puzzle Couple Mr and Mrs May, of Ipswich, are mystified by a set of large pawprints, seemingly of an animal with claws or toes, which have appeared in their garden. Maybe it's Bernard. Drivers Buy Fake Emblems Increasing numbers of car owners are going to dealers, or to eBay, to buy emblems to make their cars look like more expensive versions. Fake Breastfeeding Picture of ABC Anchor Elizabeth Vargas was disappointed that the magazine Marie Claire photoshopped…
Cardiff Giant: The Musical
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 17, 2006
The Des Moines Register reports that a new musical about the Cardiff Giant hoax has debuted in Iowa:It's an unlikely recipe for a musical: an odd 19th-century hoax set to the music of Iowa composer Karl King. But a group of creative minds in Fort Dodge, led by Deann Haden-Luke, managed to pull it together with a financial boost from the Iowa Arts Council. "Cardiff," presented by Comedia Musica Players, premieres tonight in Fort Dodge and plays through Sunday. I usually think of the Cardiff Giant as a New York hoax, but it's true that the stone for the giant…
Categories: Entertainment, History Comments (6)
Microsoft Firefox
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 17, 2006
Download the new Microsoft version of the Firefox browser at msfirefox.com. Features include:RSS (Real Simple Sex) RSS is a relatively new algorithmic technology fueled by the continued hot desires of many online web users. Accessed by an illuminating an icon on the toolbar - a single click allows you to view and optionally download anything that resembles a tit, a boob or a breast - rendered directly in the browser with speeds up to 10 times faster than the competition. Real Simple Sex can scan and arrange…
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Cat Gives Birth To ‘Puppies’
Posted by Boo on Thu Nov 16, 2006
Cassia Aparecida de Souza, a student in the Brazilian city of Passo Fundo, claims that her cat, Mimi, has given birth to three offspring with canine traits, reports say. Mrs de Souza says that Mimi mated with a neighbour's dog three months ago and, when the cat gave birth, three of the offspring showed canine characteristics and three were normal kittens. The three with cat features died shortly after birth. A geneticist from the Passo Fundo University will take blood samples to verify that the 'puppies' were part of the litter. (Thanks, Neo.) UPDATE:…
Categories: Animals, Birth/Babies Comments (28)
The Balbirnie Beast is a St. Bernard
Posted by Boo on Tue Nov 14, 2006
The Beast of Balbirnie is a large creature which is said to roam the country park in Balbirnie, Fife, Scotland. Paw-prints have been found and analysed, and the leading consensus is that they belong to a big cat, such as a lynx or puma. However, one expert believes that the marks were made by a big dog. Enter Mark Proctor and Bernard the St. Bernard. Mark suggested that the tracks belonged to Bernard, owned by Mark's sister, Lisa, and her husband. He realised that the tracks had been found around the time that they had last been visiting. He measured Bernard's paws,…
Categories: Animals, Pranks Comments (9)
Quick Links: The Apostles of O’Neill, etc.
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 13, 2006
The Apostles of O'Neill A group of college kids living in a Washington DC house were informed that they were violating zoning laws that allowed only six people to live in one house. But they did some homework and discovered that 15 people are allowed per house, if it's a residence for a "religious community." Therefore, they've filed paperwork incorporating themselves as a nonprofit religious organization. They call themselves the Apostles of O'Neill. Nessie could not have been a plesiosaur Leslie Noe of the Sedgwick Museum has figured out that Nessie cannot be a plesiosaur. Why? Because plesiosaurs couldn't hold their necks above water: "Calculating the articulation of the neck…
Universal Bullshit Detector Watch
Posted by The Curator on Sun Nov 12, 2006
I received the following email from legendary hoaxer Joey Skaggs:I am very pleased to announce the launch of my latest endeavor. Unlike many of my previous satirical projects, this one is real, no bull. It's the Universal Bullshit Detector Watch. Joey sent me a follow-up email to let me know that he'll be sending me a complimentary Bullshit Detector Watch. Yes, sometimes running a website about hoaxes has great benefits. I'm definitely looking forward to getting my hands on one of these. I can…
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Defence Force UFO
Posted by Boo on Fri Nov 10, 2006
A photo taken in February 1965 has sparked debate over a UFO seemingly seen in the background. The official Defence Force photographer snapped the picture of the navy cruiser Royalist whilst the ship was on its way back from Waitangi celebrations. The photograph was recently dug out for a new website for Devonport Navy Museum. The staff member who found it checked the negative, then called in a digital imaging expert, who established that the image was in the original. Opinions on the identity of the 'UFO' differ.
Quick Links: Liberated Gnomes, Robocalls, etc.
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 07, 2006
Gnome Liberation Front Strikes Again On Nov. 1 79 garden gnomes were liberated by the Garden Gnome Liberation Front in France. The gnomes were later found along the bank of a stream "in some underbrush with a banner that read, 'gnome mistreated, gnome liberated.'" Fake Priests in Japan The BBC has an article about the growing popularity of using fake priests at Japanese weddings: "The fake Western priests are employed at Western-style weddings to give a performance and add to the atmosphere. These are not legal ceremonies - the couples also have to make a trip to the local registrar." Apparently it's becoming quite a big business. I…
Mission Accomplished Vanishes
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 07, 2006
Remember George Bush's Mission Accomplished speech from May 2003 on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln? The one in which he announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq. I wrote about it in Hippo Eats Dwarf as an example of Political Theater, or a "Potemkin Photo Op": a stage-managed event, created solely for media consumption, that offers a misleading picture of reality. Now it has also become an example of historical revisionism. If you check out the video of the event on the White House's website, you'll notice something strange. The Mission Accomplished banner has vanished from it. Apparently the White House has now embraced the historical policy of the Soviet government,…
Categories: History, Military, Politics Comments (19)
Tall-Tale Creature Haiku
Posted by The Curator on Sun Nov 05, 2006
A few months ago one of the site-related projects I was working on was revising the Tall-Tale Creature Gallery. Before I got totally sidetracked by having to focus on my next book, I managed to add quite a few new creatures to it. I also added a feature allowing people to post haiku about the creatures, thus returning to the theme of hoax haiku first seen here two years ago. I didn't expect to get many haiku contributions. After all, I hadn't told anyone that I had updated the gallery, and it usually only gets a few visitors. But to my surprise people have found it and have been posting haiku. So…
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