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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938

Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Cursed by Allah
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Fifty Shades of Grey not a Guantanamo favorite
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 22, 2013
Strange thing for a US congressman to have been claiming. Especially since, according to reports, Fifty Shades of Grey isn't even in the prison library at Guantanamo. Guantanamo Fifty Shades of Grey claim denied by lawyer BBC News A lawyer for a detainee at Guantanamo Bay's highest-security section has rubbished reports that Fifty Shades of Grey is a favourite read among inmates. A US congressman made the claim last month after visiting Camp 7, saying it showed the inmates were "not exactly holy warriors". Lawyer James Connell says guards this week gave a copy of the erotic novel to his client, possibly as a joke. But 9/11 accused Ammar al-Baluchi had no interest in the book, he said.
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No pony-killing satanists in Devon
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 22, 2013
Glad they got this cleared up. Satanists on the loose might have scared away the tourists. Pony 'killed by Satanists' died of natural causes Plymouth Herald A pony found mutilated on Dartmoor in what was claimed could be a Pagan ritual died of natural causes, according to Devon and Cornwall police. A pony was found near Plymouth with organs and features missing or placed outside its body in July this year - leading to fears it could have been deliberately killed and arranged as part of a ritual. Police say their investigation has concluded, and that the animal died of natural causes. They say the mutilation was down to wild animals.
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The Virgin Mary Stump
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 22, 2013
It can be found in Harlingen, Texas. A mesquite tree was recently struck by lightning, and now some people are saying the resulting stump looks like the silhouette of the Virgin Mary. But others say it looks like "a gnome with a peak hat." [The Monitor]
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No Monkey
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 21, 2013
Call this the Cameroon Monkey Scam. The scammers bait victims online with the promise of a budget-priced monkey. Only $50. So you send in your money. But then, oh, by the way, you also need to pay for a cage, as well as a monkey license, and shots. By the time it's all over you've spent hundreds of dollars. A Battle Creek, Michigan woman fell for the scam. Finally she went to the police who told her, sorry, you've lost your money and you're not getting a monkey. [wzzm13]
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Black Friend Connect
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 21, 2013
"Every white person needs a black friend," blackfriendconnect.com tells us. And if you don't have a black friend already, they've got you covered. For a reasonable fee, they'll provide a black friend who's willing to "give you a hug, fist bump, high-five or whichever you prefer," and will also attend "your favorite white concert" with you. The joke here seems obvious enough that there's no need to prove the site is a hoax. But if you really want to prove it to yourself, try placing an order for one of these black friends. There's a phone number listed on the site, in the top left corner. I googled it, and found a page (scroll down to the bottom…
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The Beast of Trowbridge
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 21, 2013
A 71-year-old pensioner recently claimed to have caught a photo of the "Beast of Trowbridge" — a large black panther that supposedly roams wild in Wiltshire. The photo was genuine, but it wasn't taken in Wiltshire. Nor was the pensioner the photographer. Turns out it was actually taken in Lapeer County, Michigan and posted online six years ago. [mirror.co.uk]
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Oops! We forgot the elevators
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 21, 2013
From Europe comes a good example of the absent-minded engineer urban legend. The most common variant of this legend, which seems to be repeated on almost every university campus, is that the library is sinking, because the engineers forgot to include the weight of the books when designing the building. The version that recently reared its head in the European press is that the Edificio Intempo skyscrapers currently under construction in Spain, which will be Europe's tallest residential towers when completed, won't have elevators on the top 27 storeys because the engineers forgot to design them in. The story, as repeated in newspapers such as El Pais, is that the buildings were originally going to be 20 storeys high, but developers later decided to…
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The Substitute Zoo
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2013
Back in April 2012 I posted about the Dream Park El Janoob Zoo in the Gaza Strip, which was displaying taxidermied animals, because it couldn't afford living ones. Now we have the People's Park of Luohe in Henan, which has been thinking along similar creative lines. Instead of a lion in the African Lion cage, they've got a Tibetan mastiff dog in there. It does look vaguely similar to a lion, if you squint. However, it barks. Other substitutes include two rodents in the snake's cage, a white fox in the leopard's den, and a common dog in the wolf's pen. But this isn't being done because of a lack of funds. The zoo explains that the actual animals have been sent…
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Useless Plasticbox 1.2
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2013
That was the name of the faux merchandise that artist Plastic Jesus placed in Los Angeles-area Best Buy stores last week. He priced it at $99.99. It took a couple of days for the Best Buy staff to realize the Useless Plasticboxes were there, and then they were removed. I wonder where they are now? (I checked eBay, but they weren't there yet.) Comments left on Plastic Jesus's site: — OMG Apple is coming out with one? I'm getting on line right now! — Yes, but it'll be white, cost twice as much and be incompatible with the version currently available.
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Jumping Cow UFO Video
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2013
A video posted to youtube about two weeks ago shows a strange light in the sky near Stamford in the UK. Then it pans down to show a herd of cows, and then one of the cows kind of jumps up in the air. So the cow must be jumping for one of these reasons: it's really happy it's being lifted up by the tractor beam of a UFO it's a CG effect The answer, according to video analysts that the Huffington Post talked to, is that it's a CG effect. The Stamford Mercury speculates that the video was created to build buzz for an upcoming TV show.
What’s Your Title?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 19, 2013
The New York Department of State recently ruled that it's illegal to use corporate honorifics if you're not actually part of a corporation. Sounds logical, unless you're a real estate agent. Because it's long been the practice for real estate agents to use fancy titles like "Senior Executive Vice President" or "Managing Director," even though technically they work as independent contractors for firms. They're not on the staff. Now all their business cards have to go in the shredder, or they face a fine of $1000 per violation. Naturally, they're not taking this change lying down. Instead, they're busy inventing new titles for themselves, such as Nikki Field who now calls herself a "Senior Global Real Estate Adviser." [nytimes.com] Of course, the love…
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Another million-dollar art fraud
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 19, 2013
Never fails to amaze that there are super-rich people out there willing to shell out millions of dollars for "newly discovered" works by famous artists, even when the providence is so shaky. In this case, they were told the paintings came from an anonymous private collector referred to as "Secret Santa" or "Mr. X." Of course, now the artwork of Pei-Shen Qian, who's alleged to be the actual painter, should go up dramatically in value. Struggling Immigrant Artist Tied to $80 Million New York Fraud nytimes.com Over a period of 15 years, court papers claim, the painter, working out of his home studio and garage, churned out at least 63 drawings and paintings that carried the signatures of…
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Testicle-Biting Danish Fish
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 19, 2013
It's true that a South American pacu, sporting "big crushing teeth," was caught recently off the coast of Denmark. But Professor Peter Rask Moller said he was only joking when he warned that these fish often attack male reproductive organs, mistaking them for tree nuts, and he regrets that the news release featuring his warning generated such concern. The reality is that pacus are vegetarian and there's no record of them attacking a human. But maybe Prof. Moller was only kinda joking, because he added, "I still will keep my swimsuits tied up, and I will never swim in an aquarium with these fishes." Warning over testicle-biting fish in Denmark? It's all wet cnn.com (CNN) -- It…
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Secret Crosse and Blackwell Aircraft
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 18, 2013
Dan Townend, writing in the Express, discusses the surprising camaraderie that often existed between British and German soldiers during World War I. Prisoners of war were, many times, treated with great decency and compassion. Of course, this show of kindness could have ulterior motives. The Germans, for instance, liked to "soften up" their prisoners to get them to reveal military secrets. But the British prisoners weren't so easy to gull. Thanks to one British prisoner, the Germans seriously came to believe that the UK had a top-secret aircraft called the Crosse and Blackwell that had been developed by the engineers Huntley and Palmer. [Express]
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UFO seen in Seattle
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 16, 2013
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