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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The worms inside your face
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Dead Dog Hoax
One of the easiest ways to attract attention online is to claim to have done something shocking or disturbing. It's also known as trolling. A case in point is a young woman (using the twitter account @illumivato) who recently claimed that she killed her dog because the British pop group One Direction wouldn't follow her on Twitter.

She first sent them a tweet asking them to follow her "or I'll break my dog's neck." Then, when they inevitably ignored her, she followed this up with a tweet showing herself cradling her dead dog. [nydailynews.com]

But as David Emery points out, the picture of her and her dog dates back a couple of months. Plus, she's been making similar threats via tweet for quite a while.

In other words, we can safely dismiss her as just another disturbed, attention-seeking individual online. And she got the attention she wanted. She also admitted via tweet a few days ago, "Are people still going on about this f*cking dog thing, I was trolling!!!! STOP." And then twitter suspended her account.

Categories: Gross, Social Networking Sites
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 14, 2013
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