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Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
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Samsung invents the on/off switch
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Arboleda’s Assassination Exhibit
Last week 28-year-old artist Yazmany Arboleda rented an empty storefront across the street from the New York Times building near Times Square to house his art exhibit. He then posted the title of the exhibit in the window: "The Assassination of Hillary Clinton / The Assassination of Barack Obama."

It didn't take long for the secret service to show up and haul him in for questioning. Arboleda pleaded innocence, insisting he was referring to character assassination (by the media), not the murder-type of assassination, and the secret service released him a few hours later.

Arboleda insists that what he did was not a hoax, and I'd agree. Seems more like a publicity stunt to me. But he did engage in some media hoaxing a few months ago. From mediabistro.com:

Earlier this year, Arboleda crafted elaborate press releases, exhibition websites (complete with PhotoShopped installation shots), and even fake Chelsea art galleries where his Clinton and Obama shows were allegedly installed and hastily censored (Michael Musto fell for it, as did the news team at a Univision affiliate).

So, if I have this straight, Arboleda first invented a hoax exhibit. But last week he opened the exhibit for real. Some of the works on display included a gigantic representation of a black penis, and lettering on the wall that asks "Would you have sex with her? Neither would Bill." Obviously he's not one for subtlety. (Thanks, Bob)
Categories: Art, Hate Crimes/Terror, Politics
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 09, 2008
Comments (1)
This isn't the forst time someone has done something stupid like this. Remember the Bush 'Assassination' film from 2006?
Posted by Mike M  on  Wed Jun 11, 2008  at  11:40 AM
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