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July 2007
Kangahippopossumouse
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 23, 2007
An anonymous correspondent emailed me a link to Arr, the Kraken, where I found this picture of a very curious creature. Arr, the Kraken speculates that it might be a kangahippopossumouse. Perhaps, though it could also be a Tasmanian Dwarf Hippo. Anyone out there able to positively identify this thing?
Categories: Animals Comments (23)
Reincarnation of Chris Farley
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 22, 2007
Could it be the second coming of Chris Farley? She's certainly got his eyes. Or did Chris Farley, perhaps, have a daughter? Eric Schucard forwarded me this photo while I was in Africa (that's the same Eric Schucard who's responsible for the pictures of the MoH on the About the Museum page). This picture has appeared on quite a few blogs within the past month, but I don't see that anyone has come up with a definitive answer to the real question: photoshopped or not? Also, I can't find any clue as to the source of the photo. My hunch is that it's not photoshopped. But that's just a hunch.…
Categories: Celebrities, Photos/Videos Comments (18)
Cardboard Bun Caper
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 20, 2007
China's food industry, already reeling from reports of toxins in pet food originating in China, took another blow when Beijing TV recently reported that snack vendors in eastern Beijing were selling "steamed dumplings stuffed with cardboard soaked in caustic soda and seasoned with pork flavoring." Yuck! In this case, however, the accusation appears to have been unwarranted. CNN reports that: Beijing authorities said investigations had found that an employee surnamed Zi had fabricated the report to garner "higher audience ratings", the China Daily said on Thursday. "Zi had…
Categories: Food, Journalism Comments (3)
Jane Austen Rejected
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 20, 2007
Could Jane Austen, one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the English language, get published today? To find out, David Lassman, director of the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, typed up some opening chapters of her books, added a cover letter with plot synopses, and sent them off to publishers. He changed the titles of the works, renamed the characters, and called himself "Alison Laydee," but otherwise he didn't change Austen's prose. Here's the rather predictable result of Lassman's experiment, as described by the Guardian: the deception was not spotted and the rejection letters thudded on to Mr Lassman's doormat,…
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Alex’s African Adventure
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 18, 2007
I'm back! The return flight from Africa took almost 30 hours (and with layovers it basically was two entire days of travel), but I made it. I got back late Monday night and then spent Tuesday decompressing, trying to shake off the jet lag. After a quick glance around, it looks like the site survived my absence. Thanks to Cranky Media Guy for filling in as the Guest Curator while I was gone. He did a great job. I guess this means I'm pretty much expendable around here! Africa was incredible, but I had no internet access while I was there (and often no electricity either), so my apologies to anyone who tried to contact me…
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Speaking of urban legends in the Third World…
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Tue Jul 17, 2007
A young Indian boy is claiming to be the reincarnation of an American scientist. According to the article linked below, he speaks mostly gibberish with a few "scientific" words mixed in. Proof enough for me! I especially like the next-to-last paragraph of the article. [Thanks to the reader who submitted this story] Indian boy claims to be reincarnation of American scientist
Yet another urban myth from Iraq
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Sat Jul 14, 2007
On the heels of the "American troops eat babies" myth comes the story of the Giant, Man-eating Badgers of Basra: Ferocious British badgers an urban myth in Iraq
So, do the super-rich really have private subs or not?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Fri Jul 13, 2007
I got an email from a MoH reader with the story I link to below. His question was whether the article is a hoax. It's about super-rich people having private submarines. We're not talking about itty-bitty things like in a James Bond movie, but BIG subs for their private use. My sense is that it's legit, since it cross-references other stories I've seen recently about Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen owning a literal Yellow Submarine, but that, of course, is not proof that this is real. God knows hoaxes sometimes spawn news stories which get used to "verify" subsequent stories. If I was betting, though, I'd put my money on "real."
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A peek into Alex’s world
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Wed Jul 11, 2007
In my role as fill-in for Alex while he's visiting his sister in Africa, I've developed a new appreciation for what it takes to curate the MoH. Some days, I get dozens of emails, pitching story ideas or asking questions about some aspect of the site. That's to be expected, but what do you do with something like this: Iam really intrested in joining the nigerian navy i have ND in architectural technology but i dont know when the forms will be out and also wan to know the requirments Any Nigerian Navy veterans in the house?
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72 hours to get ready for a date—it’s ART!
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Wed Jul 11, 2007
Unlike a lot of people, I actually tend to like modern art. I can understand, however, why people think that some of it isn't really art, though. It seems that the way to become an art world sensation is to come up with what more accurately be called a publicity stunt, do it in a gallery, perhaps, call it A*R*T and find a super rich guy like Charles Saatchi (a patron of the modern art world in Great Britain) to pay you an enormous sum of money for whatever physical manifestation of it you can whip up. Lian Sifuentes is an artist who is spending 72 hours getting ready for a date. She is doing this in…
Categories: Art, Miscellaneous Comments (16)
American troops eat babies?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Tue Jul 10, 2007
Among the many difficulties American troops are encountering in Iraq (I won't get all political here by listing them), one is a little bit more bizarre than others. It seems that some Iraqis believe that American soldiers carry poison-tipped bullets and eat babies. Kinda tough to win hearts and minds when you're dealing with people who think you dine on infants, I would imagine. I wondered if this story itself was a hoax until I followed the link I found and saw that it lead to Stars and Stripes, the newspaper of the U.S. Army. Again, I'm not being political here, I'm just saying that I think Stars and Stripes is a more credible source for something like this than,…
Chinese man cooks fish with his bare hands, cures arthritis
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Tue Jul 10, 2007
I guess with over one billion people, it's inevitable that China would produce its share of kooks, quacks and crazies. This 71-year-old man who claims to let 220 volts flow through his body as a form of exercise and says he can cook fish in his bare hands in two minutes fits into at least two of those categories. Oh, he can cure arthritis, too. I just upped him to all three categories. Chinese man cures arthritis with electricity
Oregon townfolk see penises everywhere
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Fri Jul 06, 2007
My wife says this isn't a hoax so she doesn't think it belongs on MoH. She may be right, but it's just so damn wacky, I felt I should share it with you all. The city of Keizer, Oregon, a suburb of Oregon's capital, Salem, spent $20,000 to install some run-of-the-mill concrete pillars, designed to keep cars from killing pedestrians should drivers lose control and veer onto the sidewalk. So far, so good. The trouble started when some unspecified people decided that the pillars looked too much like erect penises. I'll give you a moment to ponder that last sentence. They want them removed or altered. The city is actually considering…
Categories: Mass Delusion Comments (32)
Perpetual motion machine introduction delayed
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Thu Jul 05, 2007
Steorn is an Irish company which has announced that it's developed a "free energy" machine. "Free energy" is another name for "perpetual motion." As you may recall from high school physics, perpetual motion is theoretically impossible according to the known laws of physics. "Pshaw" says Steorn (figuratively, anyway). So, time for the Big Unveiling came...and went. "Technical problems" says Steorn. Gee, you'd think that a company which has a paradigm-shattering technology would make sure that everything was ready to go before announcing a demo, wouldn't you? No worries, though, they're going to unveil it on the Fifth. I'm sure that every oil company executive will be anxiously sitting in front of his computer, terrified of the machine…
“New” Pearl Harbor photos a hoax?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Thu Jul 05, 2007
I was unaware of this, but apparently a bunch of what appears to be previously-undiscovered photos of the attack at Pearl Harbor has been found. The article I'm linking to here (and the article IT links to) makes the claim that they aren't new at all, but are merely photos that have been around since the time of the attack, some altered to look new. So, if this is a hoax, what's the point? Why would someone go to this length? "New" Pearl Harbor photos a hoax?
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