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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Cursed by Allah
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Cruise Missile For Sale
image Bruce Simpson is advertising that for a very modest sum he'll show you how to build your very own cruise missile. As he says on his website: "Whether you're a very small nation looking to extend its military capabilities while perhaps creating a highly profitable export industry, or an entrepreneur seeking to enter the massive market low-cost UAVs, RPVs and other pilotless vehicles, or whether you just want a single missile to mount on your SUV as a roof ornament -- I'm your man."

Is he joking? Is this just a hoax? Well, I suspect (hope) he's bluffing, but it is true that he could show someone how to build a cruise missile, if he wanted to. About a year ago he was quite widely covered in the news after he built a cruise missile in his garage for under $5000. He got a lot of the parts for it on eBay. He also appeared on the British tv show Scrapheap Challenge, where he built a pulse-jet out of trash in ten hours. But ever since then he's been harassed by the New Zealand Inland Revenue Service for unpaid taxes. So as payback he now claims that he's offering his rocket-building skills to the highest bidder. I just hope he doesn't next figure out how to build an ICBM in his garage.
Categories: Military
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 23, 2004
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