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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
A black lion: real or fake?
Use your left ear to detect lies
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
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BirdTyping
image Roman Kingsley is an Australian man who has trained geese to do skywriting, or 'birdtyping' as he calls it. Impossible, you say? Not at all, according to Kingsley. As he says in this interview, "It normally takes about three months to train the birds to spell out a word. Once each bird knows the letter, they have to know where in the word that letter occurs. But I’m hoping to speed it up more in the future. The curved letters, you know, like o, c, and b take the birds a bit longer. But it’s early days." His plan is to have his birds spell out various corporate logos. Volvo is his first client (Volkswagen passed on the offer). He's going for clients with straight letters in their name. In the future he even hopes to have the geese squawk on cue, to add a sound element to the skywriting. Okay, I wouldn't bet a lot of money on the reality of Kingsley and his skywriting geese, but maybe he is real. I'll let you decide for yourself. He's described in a new book by Australian writer Stephen Banham called Fancy that mixes together factual and fictional stories about typography
Categories: Animals, Literature/Language
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 19, 2004
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About 10 to 12 years ago there was a TV advert for Air New Zealand. Kiri Te Kanawa sang, while you saw NZ scenes, ending with seagulls flying out over the ocean and forming up into the Air New Zealand corporate logo.
Posted by Andy  in  New Zealand  on  Sat May 22, 2004  at  03:23 AM
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