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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
New Anti-Spam Feature
About five days after I decided to have non-member comments be moderated, I've changed my mind. From now on there will be no moderation (it was a pain for me to do, plus it disrupted the spontaneity of comments). Instead, I've put in place a high-tech anti-spam feature in which people who submit comments have to first type in a word displayed in a box. Members won't have to do this. Hopefully the spammers won't be willing to do this. If they do it'll be a complete waste of their time since I'll promptly delete their spam.
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 11, 2004
Comments (6)
very smart thing to do. but it's sad that spam became such a bother in the first place.
Posted by Alex  in  ny  on  Fri Nov 12, 2004  at  01:38 AM
Yay! Now all I have to do is have something worth posting. cheese
Posted by Reinstag  in  My Chair  on  Fri Nov 12, 2004  at  01:49 AM
Incidentally, the Grauniad recently claimed that spam was name for the Monty Python 'Spam' sketch. True or myth?
Posted by paul in prague  on  Fri Nov 12, 2004  at  06:02 AM
Please buy some of my viagra. Thank you and keep up the good work on your //@museum@// website.

Mike D
Posted by Mike Ditka  in  Chicago  on  Fri Nov 12, 2004  at  11:15 AM
"Grauniad recently claimed that spam was name for the Monty Python 'Spam' sketch. True or myth?"

It looks like there is some truth to this. Several sites refer to the Monty Python orgin.

Here are a couple of interesting pages on spam and the origins of the name:

http://www.hkentcraig.com/HowInternetSpamGotItsName.html (This one even gives the transcript of the skit in question.)

http://www.templetons.com/brad/spamterm.html
Posted by Myst  on  Fri Nov 12, 2004  at  06:47 PM
Good idea, that must've been a pain to approve/disapprove every single non-member comment. >_<''
Posted by Mewtaila  on  Sat Nov 13, 2004  at  04:33 AM
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