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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
A black lion: real or fake?
Catfish Licking, Part Two
About a week ago I linked to an article that discussed how Gulf Coast teenagers have been going around licking catfish, in the hope that it'll make them high. Now a follow-up article reveals the source of this strange behavior. It all started out as an April Fool's Day joke published in Sport Fishing magazine five years ago:

OK, listen up catfish lickers.
You've been punked. There's no hallucinogen in the slime.
A Florida magazine editor said he made the story up five years ago for an annual April Fool's special - and somehow it just kept on going...

He [Doug Olander, editor-in-chief of Sport Fishing magazine] claimed the catfish goop was popular among college kids, who called themselves "slimers" and paid as much as $200 for a fresh catch.
The slime was supposed to produce a "whisker-lickin' good" trip that would give users the sensation of being under water.
He attributed the information to University of Florida scientist Dr. Benjamin Joon.
As in "Benny & Joon," the romantic comedy with Johnny Depp.
Categories: Animals, April Fools Day
Posted by The Curator on Sun Feb 06, 2005
Comments (3)
Damn. No buzz. And I bought all them catfish for The Super Bowl.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sun Feb 06, 2005  at  09:08 PM
As in "Benny & Joon," the romantic comedy with Johnny Depp

Great movie! No catfish.
Posted by Glamcat  on  Mon Feb 07, 2005  at  08:16 AM
Wow, I just love the movie Benny and Joon! Johnny Depp's character is just great. And best of all, its theme song is done by the Proclaimers!

"And when I haver, well I know I'm gonna be, I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you"
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Tue Feb 08, 2005  at  01:35 AM
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