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What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998

Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Ern Malley Copyright
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 27, 2003
A legal battle erupts over who owns the copyright to the poems of Ern Malley. If you don't know who he is, Malley is Australia's most famous hoax poet. My favorite line of his continues to be, "I am still the black swan of trespass on alien waters." Brooding, eerie, and completely nonsensical. (I don't have anything about him on the website, but I've got a blurb about him in my book).
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Hunting for Bambi (hopefully final update)
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 27, 2003
So I think it's finally official that Hunting for Bambi is a hoax, a publicity stunt done to sell videos. Isn't it wonderful that public attention gets focused on things like this rather than, oh, poverty, hunger, education, etc.?
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Jayson Blair Redux
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 26, 2003
So Esquire has commissioned Jayson Blair to write a movie review of Shattered Glass, an upcoming movie about Stephen Glass (another media hoaxer from five years ago). I'm sure his review will, in turn, become one of the most heavily reviewed reviews ever.
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Daria Movie Rumor Page
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 26, 2003
Here's the Unofficial Daria Movie Rumor Page. I'll let its creator, Barry Edelman, describe it in his own words: I just finished your book and I loved it. I had to check out the site, which is also good. Since you have a section on hoax sites, I had to submit mine. My brother and I, annoyed by bad Hollywood movies based on television shows (and bad Hollywood movies in general), for a few years maintained a site called The Unofficial Daria Movie Rumor Page. The premise is that the MTV cartoon series _Daria_ has been turned into a movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt in the title role. (The title role, being an intelligent, sarcastic loner with a monotone voice, is probably the last...
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Not What You Expect
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 26, 2003
Super-Models-With-See-Through-Tops.com
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666 on the Alamo
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 24, 2003
Is the number 666 slowly becoming visible on the front of the Alamo? And did it first appear there after Ozzy Osbourne urinated on the building while dressed as a woman back in 1982? And when the number becomes fully visible will "something terrible happen"? Yes on all counts if you believe the urban legend that's floating around. Brenda Layland gave me a skeptical heads-up about this one, and for the past fifteen minutes I've been staring at these pictures of the Alamo trying to figure out where the sixes are. I've located one of them, but the other two are still escaping me. No, wait a minute. I think I've found them all now.
Kylie Kidnapping
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 24, 2003
This is strange: documentary filmmakers stage a fake kidnapping of Kylie Mingoue. Worried onlookers contact the police.
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Sucker Day Cancelled
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 23, 2003
I'm incredibly depressed. Sucker Day has been cancelled this year. That's like cancelling Christmas (well, not quite, but almost). In case you don't know about it, Sucker Day is a celebration held every year in the small town of Wetumka, Oklahoma, usually in the late summer. It commemorates the day in 1950 when the entire town was suckered by the con man J. Bam Morrison. Morrison arrived in town claiming to be the advanceman for a circus that would be arriving on July 24. People would be coming from miles around to attend this circus, he promised, presenting Wetumka merchants with a potential chance to make lots of money. He claimed that if the merchants bought advertising space on the...
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Hunting for Bambi Update
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 23, 2003
It's looking more and more like Hunting for Bambi is a hoax. George Evanthes, the man who claimed to have paid to go on a Bambi hunt, is now being denounced as a shill by his friends. And the Hunting for Bambi company is claiming that it can no longer hold any Bambi Hunts because all the potential customers have been scared away by negative publicity. Seems like a convenient excuse.
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Absolution Online
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 23, 2003
Is the weight from your sins hanging heavy on your shoulders? Just visit Absolution Online, home of the Virtual Confessional, and your burden shall be lifted.
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Master of the Unexplained
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 23, 2003
He has no fear. He has no limits. He has no common sense. He is Pierre Dubeaumont, Master of the Unexplained. And definitely check out his Questions That Have No Answers.
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Why do we believe in crop circles?
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 22, 2003
The Guardian asks: Why do people still bother to make crop circles?
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Death of a Con Artist
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 22, 2003
David Hampton, the man who conned New York socialites by posing as the son of Sidney Poitier, as well as being the inspiration for the play Six Degrees of Separation, died last month at the age of 39.
The art of disinformation
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 22, 2003
Interesting NY Times piece on the Art of Disinformation (as it pertains to spycraft).
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Hooty Corp.
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 18, 2003
Here's another hoax website: Hooty Corp. It's the creation of a visitor to my site (a young one, I suspect). Hooty Corp might be a little unpolished, but it's all the more endearing for being so. I particularly like the Hooty shop where you can buy products such as the Clothes Desmellerizer and a book titled How to Drive a Laidlaw Bus in 12 Simple Steps. You get a nice, subtle message if you click on the 'buy' button to purchase any of these products.
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