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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974

Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
More about Hunting for Bambi
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 18, 2003
Suspicions that Hunting for Bambi is a hoax seem to be growing. If the company is for real then it should be easy enough for them to prove it. Show that you're signing people up for new 'hunts.' Produce the accounting records to prove that you've taken people's money for hunts in the past. But of course they won't do that. These hoaxes always work the same way. Stall and delay for as long as possible while you milk the controversy for all the publicity you can get. KLAS-TV, the Las Vegas station that originally aired the story, discovered that the company behind Hunting for Bambi, only has a business license that allows it to sell videos, not to operate a sexually-oriented business nor to...

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Metallica Lawsuit Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 18, 2003
Metallica sues the band Unfaith for unsanctioned usage of the chords E and F. I saw this story yesterday and thought it was strange. But then I figured, well it is Metallica, after all. So it's probably true. I should have known better. Today it's revealed to be a hoax concocted by Unfaith's singer/songwriter Erik Ashley (if you've never heard of Unfaith before, join the club. I hadn't either). Quite a good hoax. Believable enough to seem true at first, but in hindsight you kick yourself for having fallen for it. Plus, it makes fun of someone worth making fun of.

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Nessie Fossil
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 18, 2003
Loch Ness Monster fossil found. And it's not a hoax.

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Hunting for Bambi
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 17, 2003
Is 'Hunting for Bambi' a hoax? In case you somehow missed it (hiding under a rock, or something), Hunting for Bambi is supposedly a company that for $10,000 will let guys hunt naked women with a paintball gun in the desert outside of Las Vegas. The company got some local TV coverage, and then the larger news outlets picked up on the story, initiating a media frenzy. But based on the emails I've been getting, a lot of people are suspicious about the company's claims. After all, exactly how does one sign up to go on one of these Bambi-hunting expeditions? That doesn't seem to be clear since the company isn't responding to most inquiries. What I would guess is that there are no Bambi-hunting...

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Hunt for the Yeti
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 17, 2003
A Japanese mountaineer has put together an expedition to hunt for the Yeti in the Himalayas. Good luck to them.

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Popeface
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 17, 2003
Here's the latest thing making the rounds in Italy. It's Popeface! Supposedly a picture of the Pope taken during the '80s in which he's sticking his tongue out and making a strange grimace. Prints of it are being offered for sale at popeface.com. Of course, the seller doesn't specify how much he's asking for it. He only tells you to email him for more info at his hotmail account. And strangely, he's also offering the domain name 'popeface.com' for sale. So this has all the markings of a hoax. (Thanks to an anonymous Italian visitor for alerting me to this).

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What lurks beneath
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
I just got this cool photo in my email from a visitor (Amy Lothschutz-Hughes). When I first saw it I was sure that it was a hoax. Turns out it's real. But it's a dolphin in the water, not a shark. The photo was taken by photographer Kurt Jones.

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Antennalopes
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
If you go to the movies this summer, you just might be lucky enough to see footage of this intriguing tall-tale creature: the Antennalope. These creatures (antelopes with antennae on their heads) are "bred to instantly relay radio signals as they frolic." They constantly roam the country in herds, instinctively migrating to where radio signals are weakest, thus helping to make possible a truly mobile national phone network. The antennalopes are featured in ads for Nextel that play before movies. They appear to be related to the Jackalope.

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The Lake Tianchi Monster
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
Apparently China has its own version of the Loch Ness Monster called the Lake Tianchi Monster (I never knew). Its legend stretches back over 100 years, but unlike the creature in Loch Ness, there appears to be more than one of whatever is in Lake Tianchi (which is up by the border with North Korea). Sightings of the Lake Tianchi monsters have increased dramatically in recent weeks.

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The Life and Death of Eric Gordon
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
Here's an amusing account of a Harvard grad named Eric Gordon who faked his own death in order to try to get removed from Harvard's obnoxious alumni mailing list. Harvard actually published an obituary for Eric, but then had to retract it later.

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Phone Prank
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
A prank caller phones a grocery story pretending to be the police. Somehow he convinces the store manager to start strip-searching customers.

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Bonsai Kittens
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 15, 2003
For some reason I've been getting a lot of email lately about Bonsai Kittens. I can't figure out why, since that hoax is almost three years old now. But I guess interest in some hoaxes just never dies (unlike those poor kittens in the jars).

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San Diego Faux History
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Being a San Diegan I appreciated this hoax history of San Diego from the San Diego Hysterical Society.

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The Secret of Drive-In Theaters
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
Thanks to an anonymous visitor for this link which documents, at last, what I've long suspected—that drive-in movie theaters were designed and built by aliens from outer space for the purpose of studying us and beaming messages into our brains.

A Vermont Wedding
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 14, 2003
The town of Manchester, Vermont is set abuzz when rumors spread that the marriage of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck will occur there. Unfortunately, the rumors turn out to be false.

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