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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957

September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
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Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 22, 2006
Status: Linguistic puzzle Check out these parsing challenges over at linguistlist.org. It took me a good 15 or 20 minutes to figure out why they make sense. (Though I'm sure some people will figure them out immediately.) The first one is this sentence: Dogs dogs dog dog dogs. It's a legitimate english sentence. To figure out how this is so, it helps to compare it to the sentence: Cats dogs chase catch mice. (They both share the same structure.) The linguist list folks then point out that the word 'buffalo' can also serve as the basis for a similar sentence: Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo. And if you consider the possibility of Buffalo in the city of Buffalo being...
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