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Category: Law/Police/Crime
Fleeing Purse Snatcher Drops Breast
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 04, 2008
Police in Port St. Lucie are on the lookout for a cross-dressing purse snatcher who accidentally dropped a condom filled with water after grabbing a 74-year-old woman's purse. He had been using the condom as a fake breast. That's weird enough. What I can't understand is why he was using a water-filled condom. Wouldn't a regular balloon have worked better? Though questioning the fashion decisions of a cross-dressing purse snatcher is surely an exercise in pointlessness.
Two Stupid Criminals
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 12, 2008
Desperate for free porn A man entered an adult novelty store, told the clerk that he was a detective with the Longmont Police Department's "age verification unit," and demanded that the clerk provide him with pornographic videos so that he could verify the ages of the actors in them. The Longmont Police have no age verification unit. The clerk turned him away, and then the manager called the real police. (Thanks, Bob!) Cheesecake Box Bomb A man entered a movie rental store, placed a box on the counter, and told a clerk it was a bomb that he would detonate unless he was given cash. The clerk refused and the man…
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The Knoxville Carjacking Party
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 05, 2008
According to internet rumor, Britney Spears is planning to star in a movie titled The Knoxville Carjacking Party, based on the brutal 2007 murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Spears would play Channon Christian. The story is a hoax. More specifically, it's a case of satire mistaken as news, having apparently originated as a faux news report from "celebrity snitch, Clarence Star" on the site Ghetto Bragging Rights. Wayne Bledsoe, a columnist for Knoxnews.com, notes that the spread of the false rumor offers a case study in how misinformation is propagated by the online media. Numerous celebrity gossip sites, such as popcrunch.com, reported the false rumor as…
Fake Foot
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 24, 2008
I'm still catching up on all the recent hoaxes... So here's another one that a lot of people have emailed me about. The fake foot that washed up on a beach in British Columbia. Five human feet have washed up on beaches in British Columbia during the past year, generating a lot of media interest. After all, who do these feet belong to? It's a mystery. But a sixth foot that washed up turned out to be a hoax. From ctv.ca: A sixth foot believed to have washed ashore on Vancouver Island was not human, although…
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Thieves Steal Fake Money
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jun 22, 2008
Thieves used a hammer to break open a plexiglass box being used as a Drop-A-Note donation box in the Kentucky Theatre's lobby, and they stole the money inside. Unfortunately for the thieves, the money they took was fake. From kentucky.com: "It's sad when idiots can't tell fake money from the real thing," said Steve Brown, president of Kentucky's Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Project, a group dedicated to restoring a Wurlitzer organ and returning it to the Kentucky. Proceeds from the Drop-A-Note box, which is three wood organ pipes with a space for donations in the middle pipe, go to…
An email from SueEasy
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 16, 2008
This morning I received an email from SueEasy, a website about which I've posted previously: Hi, This is Andrew Richards, Manager Operations at SueEasy.com We would like to express our discontentment regarding your entry about our company: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/permalink/sue_easy/ We are NOT a hoax of any kind. We have several respected law firms and attorneys signed up with our service & we were hand picked by Michael Arrington (http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1733748_1733758_1735848,00.html) at TechCrunch. here's some press: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/10/19/sueeasy-hey-tort-reform-this-ones-for-you/print/ http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/04/12/sueeasy-goes-live-your-class-action-lawsuit-lottery-ticket/
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How to break into a museum
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 04, 2008
This story is a great example of the truism that no security system can be better than the people operating it. Thieves broke into a museum at the University of British Columbia and stole gold artwork worth over $2 million. They got around the security system simply by calling the guards, pretending to be from the alarm company, and telling them to ignore any alarms that might go off that night. From cbc.ca: Four hours before the break-in on May 23, two or three key surveillance cameras at the Museum of Anthropology mysteriously went off-line. Around the same time,…
Your classmate has died—but not really
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 04, 2008
I've previously noted a few cases where extreme shock tactics were used to teach a lesson. (See Fake Attack at Elementary School and Fake Terrorism Drill.) The following case isn't as bad as those earlier examples, but it still comes across as creepy for officials to trick students into believing their classmate had died in order to teach a lesson about drunk driving. From signonsandiego.com: Many juniors and seniors were driven to tears – a few to near hysterics – May 26 when a uniformed police officer arrived in several classrooms to notify them that…
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Plant Rights
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 14, 2008
An ethics panel commissioned by the Swiss government has determined that the arbitrary killing of plants is morally wrong. From The Weekly Standard: A "clear majority" of the panel adopted what it called a "biocentric" moral view, meaning that "living organisms should be considered morally for their own sake because they are alive." Thus, the panel determined that we cannot claim "absolute ownership" over plants and, moreover, that "individual plants have an inherent worth." This means that "we may not use them just as we please, even if the plant community…
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Sue Easy
Posted by The Curator on Fri Apr 18, 2008
One of the big problems in modern America is that there are simply not enough lawsuits. A new website promises to end this. It calls itself "Sue Easy," because it makes it so easy to sue someone. The concept is that instead of litigants trying to find a lawyer, which is the traditional way these things are done, the lawyers should seek out the litigants. So if you have a case, or even just an idea for a case, list it on SueEasy, then wait for attorneys to contact you. The site promises "instant legal bliss." Some of the proposed cases that people have…
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Thief Hypnotizes Checkout Staff
Posted by The Curator on Sun Mar 23, 2008
The BBC reports that police in Italy are searching for a thief who hypnotizes checkout staff and orders them to hand over money. In every case, the last thing staff reportedly remember is the thief leaning over and saying: "Look into my eyes", before finding the till empty... A female bank clerk reportedly handed over nearly 800 euros (£630)... Italian police believe the suspect could be of Indian or North African extraction. The BBC has a video of the thief in action. It's interesting, because he pulls off his heist in full view of other customers,…
Quick Links: Mar. 18, 2008
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 19, 2008
Excuse of the Year "A German lorry driver escaped a rap for driving while using a mobile phone - after claiming he was using it as an ear warmer." Woman foretells future with asparagus "Jemima Packington throws asparagus on the floor and makes her predictions based on the pattern. She said that some years ago she made a prediction that came true based on an asparagus pattern and realized she was on to something." Seems to me like it's as good a method as anything else. Nostradamus delusion ends in murder Matthew James Woodroffe-Hill believed he was Nostradamus' "son of the west". After suffering from…
Unresponsive Bystanders
Posted by The Curator on Tue Feb 26, 2008
Local 6 News in Orlando recently conducted a test to see how quickly people would respond to a crime. They arranged for an undercover police officer to pretend to be a burglar trying to break into cars and homes in plain view of bystanders. The results: most bystanders ignored or just watched the crime -- and some even helped the thieves... people were ready to help the mystery man break into a car. A third test had the fake burglar enter a home through a window and then go out the front door. During the staged crime,…
Quick Links: Stupid Criminals
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 18, 2008
Fake blind man caught driving A 70-year-old Italian man had been claiming to be blind for 40 years in order to get an invalid's pension. He was caught when police stopped him in his car at a routine road check. When they checked his record, they noticed it listed him as being 100 percent blind. (Thanks, Joe) Underwear on face fails to disguise "A robbery suspect tried to hide his face with a pair of underwear but the disguise didn't fool witnesses." Fleeing husband spotted in film 45-year-old shop owner Martino Garibaldi took £37,000 out of his family's savings and ran away with his mistress.…
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Faking pregnancy as a shoplifting technique
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 18, 2008
Detectives in Sarpy County, Omaha are warning local stores of a new shoplifting technique being used by a group of women. The women enter a store, fill up a cart with items, and then walk out. If stopped, they claim that they're giving birth. KETV reports: Detectives said that on Dec. 13, three women walked into the Bellevue Wal-Mart, filled a cart with items, then started to leave. Surveillance video shows a store officer stopped them at the door and asked for a receipt. That's when one of the women said she…
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