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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Art Object Prank
Small, round, orange stickers are appearing on objects all over downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. The stickers are stamped with the phrase "art object" and a price (ranging from one cent to $10,000). They're appearing on park benches, fire hydrants, store windows, etc. No one seems to know who's responsible for the stickers or what their purpose is. From the Appleton Post-Crescent:

Police Lt. Steve Elliott said putting stickers on public or private objects without the owner's consent falls under the same local ordinances governing graffiti. "Definitely, it is against city ordinances. If we were to see someone doing it, we would cite them under the graffiti laws," Elliott said Friday...

"They are also supposed to clean up the stickers and residue or pay for the cleanup," Totzke said. Elliott said police have not received eyewitness reports of people placing the stickers.
Categories: Art, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2008
Comments (2)
G'ah any one that has ever bought art knows what the significance is. When you buy a work at a gallery, you put a dot next to the piece to indicate its sold. ie everything that is tagged is art. Quite post modern (almost retro now) as a prank.
Posted by Grant  on  Tue Aug 19, 2008  at  08:54 AM
Or an advertising campaign. I caught the end of an advertisement that featured two people (a man and a woman) putting similar stickers on things.

I can't remember what it's for; I'll try to catch that ad next time it's on.
Posted by Hugo  on  Sat Aug 23, 2008  at  11:35 PM
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