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January 2009
Cello Scrotum
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 29, 2009
I was planning on taking a hiatus from posting until February, but this one is too good to pass up. Thanks to everyone who emailed me about it. Back in the 1970s Elaine Murphy noticed an unusual condition, Guitar Nipple, described in the British Medical Journal. She suspected it might be a hoax, which inspired her to invent a similar bizarre condition, Cello Scrotum, which she detailed in a letter to the journal. She got her husband to send the letter in his name. Thirty years on the couple noticed someone had referenced their report, and so they decided it was time to come clean. Coincidentally, there is…
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Eating the world’s hottest pepper
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 14, 2009
This has to be fake. If he really did eat the Bhut Jolokia, the world's hottest pepper, he wouldn't be talking by the end of the video. His tongue would be too blistered and swollen. Still, it's a good video. (via J-Walk)
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Note from the curator
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 13, 2009
I've had no time to post anything recently, and that'll likely continue until the end of this month. The problem is that a British version of my second book, Hippo Eats Dwarf, will be coming out this year, but it'll be a significantly revised version. I have to get the manuscript to the publisher by February 1, and I still have a lot of work left to do on it. The next two weeks are going to be busy. When I have to choose between blogging and doing something that actually makes some money, the money, in the short term, usually wins. In the long term, of course, my non-commercial instincts always kick in sooner…
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Is “Where the Hell is Matt” a hoax?
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 07, 2009
Time magazine listed the Where The Hell Is Matt? video (which shows Matt Harding doing an odd little dance in various locations around the world) as the #1 viral video of 2008. But at a conference on December 11, Harding confessed that the video was just a hoax. He said the whole thing had been shot in front of a green screen, and that animatronic mannequins had been used to make it look like people were dancing with him. Check out the full video of his confession:
A virus on the site?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 05, 2009
In the past few days I've had a number of people report that there seems to be a virus on the site. I've also had it happen to me twice that I'll try to load a page of the site and instead be transferred to a spam site. Could you all let me know if you're having similar problems. The more info I have, the easier it will be to track down the source of the problem. I suspect the virus is being loaded onto the site via the ads, and I've contacted the ad hosting company. But there's a remote possibility a virus is actually on my server. Anyway, I'm…
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Fakers
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 05, 2009
There's another new book out to add to my library of hoaxes. It's Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders by Paul Maliszewski. From the product description: From James Frey and his fake memories of drug-addled dissolution to Stephen Glass and his fake dispatches from the fringes of politics to the author formerly known as JT LeRoy and his fake rural tough talk, we are beset by real-seeming fiction masquerading as truth. We are living in the era of the fake. Fakers is a fascinating exploration…
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