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Edward Ingram writes in:
Several years back I remember being taken in be a news story on KAKE-TV
in Wichita KS. Supposedly, a woman was driving when her infant began
playing with her garage door opener. To her surprise it was noticed by
the woman that when the opener was clicked within 100 YDS. of a traffic
light, the light would obligingly turn green. The story even went so
far as to show a city traffic engineer standing by an opened traffic
control box, puzzled. They went on to report that the garage door
opener was manufactured by a Swedish company called Lirf Loopa, who,
when contacted, informed KAKE that they had met all regulations and laws
concerning the device and were not about to change it.
Only at the end of a very detailed story did the newscaster reveal that
Lirf Loopa was an anagram for April Fool.
Categories: April Fools Day
Posted by Alex on Tue Aug 05, 2003
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The Guardian contemplates the recent Metallica hoax and word-of-mouse advertising.
Categories: Entertainment
Posted by Alex on Tue Aug 05, 2003
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Scam Alert! A company is sending out spam directing people to a website (http://www.0te.com/3) that sells genuine Holy Water from Lourdes. They boast that it's a miracle cure. "Holy Water can save you where medicine failed!" they proclaim. And it's yours for only $39.95. I'm tempted to believe that if you pony up $39.95 they really will send you genuine holy water from Lourdes. That's not the scam. The scam is that you can head on over to lourdeswater.com and buy the same stuff for less than half the price. So this company is tricking people into paying them $39.95 for a product that they then order elsewhere on the web for only $15. That's a nice scam and a quick way to pocket $25. I was curious who the website 0te.com was registered to and checked it out on whois.org. Turns out it's registered to some guy named Mike Richardson who lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works for a company called n26.com that sells teeth-whitening products. That's an odd combination of products: teeth-whiteners and Holy Water. Maybe you can gargle with their overpriced Holy Water after brightening your smile. Thanks to Philip Richmond for giving me a heads up about this holy water scam.
Categories: Con Artists, Religion
Posted by Alex on Mon Aug 04, 2003
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Legendary hoaxer Joey Skaggs is dead at 58. Okay, not really. But reports of Skaggs's death have surfaced, much to his surprise. Skaggs comments: "I found it quite amusing, but just to be on the safe side, I'm going
to see my doctor about this pain in my ass!"
Categories: Death
Posted by Alex on Mon Aug 04, 2003
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popeface In response to a posting I made on July 16 questioning the authenticity of an image showing the pope sticking his tongue out, the webmaster of popeface.com has contacted me to insist that popeface is not a hoax. I'm still a little skeptical. It could be genuine, but it's such an odd picture that it immediately triggers my suspicions. Why were the negatives destroyed? Why is he selling it through a website, rather than through more normal channels such as an auction house or even eBay?
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by Alex on Mon Aug 04, 2003
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There's an email going around claiming to be from a time traveler stuck in the year 2003 who needs a dimensional warp generator to get back home. Lots of people, myself included, are wondering what exactly this email is, and why someone is going to the trouble of bulk-mailing it to millions of people.
Categories: Email Hoaxes, Future/Time
Posted by Alex on Sat Aug 02, 2003
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Here's a new hoax website: meatshake.com. It claims to be the homepage of the MeatShake Corporation, operators of the Meat Shake chain of fast food restaurants. You guessed it, MeatShake offers meat lovers the chance to quench their carnivorous appetites with ham, beef, and turkey shakes. Let there be no doubt. This is meat put in a blender and sipped through a straw. Their corporate vision is simple, "Meat. Lots of Meat." (Thanks to Jeff Whealton for pointing the site out to me).

In reality, the MeatShake website is the creation of a band from Long Beach called Ugly Duckling. Their latest album, "Taste The Secret," tells the story of the MeatShake restaurant and it's battles against the rival chain Veggie Hut. The three members of the band claim to have met while working at a MeatShake restaurant.

Need more proof that MeatShake is a hoax? Well, if you examine the images on the site, you'll discover that whoever created them forgot to change the hidden preview file attached to the images, and this preview file shows what the images looked like before they were photoshopped. Thus, we discover that:


meat shake  meat shake before photoshop

The Meat Shake sign (left) was originally a sign for Champion Burgers (right)

taste the secret  for lease

and the Meat Shake store with a 'Taste the Secret' banner (left), is actually an abandoned store with a 'For Lease' sign (right).
Categories: Entertainment, Food, Websites
Posted by Alex on Sat Aug 02, 2003
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19th century gold bar on display at the Smithsonian turns out to be a fake.
Categories: History
Posted by Alex on Fri Aug 01, 2003
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Woman cruelly poses as long-lost daughter of couple. Who knows what deranged motive was behind what she did. The woman, Donna Walker, has now been arrested.
Categories: Hate Crimes/Terror, Identity/Imposters
Posted by Alex on Fri Aug 01, 2003
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Inspired by the movie Old School, a bunch of teenagers fake a kidnapping outside of a Wal-Mart. Succeed in terrifying the watching crowd.
Categories: Entertainment, Pranks
Posted by Alex on Fri Aug 01, 2003
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It looks like it's now 100% official that Hunting for Bambi was a hoax.
Categories: Advertising, Sex/Romance
Posted by Alex on Thu Jul 31, 2003
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