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January 2008
Name Change Prank
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 09, 2008
Robert Ashton and Aisling Davis have been playing tricks on each other for years. But when Robert dyed Aisling's hair blonde while she was asleep, she decided she needed to come up with something big to get him back. What she eventually dreamed up was to legally change Robert's name... to "Ima Stapler." The Halifax Courier reports: Aisling, of Sowerby Bridge, decided to take her revenge. She knew someone who had recently changed their middle name by deed poll and wondered if it would be possible to change a name without that person knowing. "Some friends and I…
Clarkson’s Account Gets Hacked
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 08, 2008
Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear, (which you can see in America if you get BBC America on cable) publicly mocked a story about some computer discs being lost that held the bank details of 25 million people. He claimed that there was no way hackers would be able to use the information to withdraw money from people's accounts. To show how certain he was of this, he published his own account code and routing number. A few days later, according to Clarkson: "I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes £500 from my account. The bank cannot find…
Categories: Business/Finance Comments (8)
I Buy Strays
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 08, 2008
The latest hoax website doing the rounds is IBuyStrays.com. I posted a page about it in the hoaxipedia. The site purports to be a business that buys people's unwanted pets and resells them to research labs. Animal lovers, of course, are up in arms about this. It's pretty obvious the site is a fake. Its over-the-top tone, if nothing else, gives it away: You can enjoy their wonderful puppy / kitten stage and then reap a cash reward for having grown such a…
Categories: Animals, Gross, Websites Comments (1)
Phantom Tent City on Roof
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 03, 2008
According to a rumor that circulates among the population of South Carolina's Hilton Head Island, there's a group of Mexican immigrants living on top of one of the local supermarkets. It may be the Bi-Lo Supermarket, or the Port Royal Plaza, or the Harris Teeter. Supposedly this tent city of roof-living immigrants tapped into the store's electricity and even diverted the air conditioning system to cool their tents. The Island Packet News is pretty sure that the story of the rooftop tent city is just an urban legend: by all official accounts -- and satellite imagery available through…
Categories: Places, Urban Legends Comments (6)
Virgin Mary on Living Room Wall
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 03, 2008
A New Mexico family reports that an image of the Virgin Mary has appeared in the pattern of the texture of their wall. Their granddaughter says, "I think God is trying to tell us something, like a message from heaven." Maybe that message is, "Don't get a job applying wall texture." Is it just me, or are these Virgin Mary sightings getting harder and harder to see? I can barely make this one out at all. Bob forwarded me the link with the comment, "How ridiculous would a 'sighting' of the Virgin Mary have to be before the news would refuse to report it?" I…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (21)
Is Mad Money based on the Brassiere Brigade?
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 03, 2008
Happy New Years everyone! My apologies for the absence of posts for the past week. I was on vacation, visiting family on the east coast and in Arizona. One month ago I posted about a group of female criminals from the 1950s called the "Brassiere Brigade." They stole money from the counting room of a telephone company, where they worked, by smuggling rolls of quarters out in their bras. I only discovered the story of these women by accident when I came across a reference to them in an old newspaper. I thought I had stumbled upon an incredibly obscure story, and…
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