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November 2008
Megan Fox to play Wonder Woman?
Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 06, 2008
The site wonder-who.com claims to reveal that Megan Fox will be starring in a new Wonder Woman movie. The site looks professionally made. Someone obviously put some effort into it. But according to JoBlo.com, Warner Brothers has issued a denial, insisting that no such movie is planned. So why did someone spend so much time creating the site? I have no idea. A really over-eager Megan Fox fan perhaps? Or maybe a studio was testing the response to the concept? Links: pfunn.com, io9.com.
The Sun and the Moon
Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 06, 2008
My doctoral dissertation was partially on the subject of the Great Moon Hoax of 1835. I never finished writing the dissertation, but I did spend a LOT of time researching the moon hoax, and I always thought that it would make a great subject for a general-interest book -- using the moon hoax as a window on New York City and America in 1835. Turns out I waited too long. Someone beat me to it. Matthew Goodman has recently come out with The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York (published by Basic Books). From the…
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My European Vacation
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 04, 2008
I'm back from my European vacation. Thanks to Cranky Media Guy for minding the madhouse while I was gone. I spent nine days in Germany and four in England. The purpose of the vacation was to visit relatives, but since I was over there I, of course, had to take the opportunity to drag family members around to visit various hoaxy stuff. For instance, I found the approximate spot on top of the Reichstag in Berlin from which Yevgeny Khaldei, in 1945, took his famous shot of soldiers raising a Soviet flag. Khaldei's shot (below on the left) was actually posed, and Soviet censors later erased the multiple wristwatches on the soldiers'…
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Was Palin Playin’ Along Or Not?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Sun Nov 02, 2008
This is getting a lot of play right now. Les Justiciers Masques ("The Masked Avengers"), two Canadian radio personalities known for placing prank calls to world leaders, have struck again. This time they pretended to be President Sarkozy of France and managed to get through to Alaska governor Sarah Palin. For more than six minutes, "Sarkozy" engaged Palin in conversation about hunting from a helicopter and "Nailin' Paylen," the porn movie starring a buxom Palin lookalike, among other topics. At the end of the call, they reveal that it's all a prank. Palin doesn't seem angry or shocked by that so the question is, did she know she was being put-on and just played along or did…
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