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Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Dog Fight Hoax
Over in Perth (home to a couple of MOHers!) there's a rumor going around about an organized dog fighting ring that's stealing pets and using them in fights. The larger dogs are supposedly starved and turned into fighters, while smaller animals are used as "bait." A flier (below), posted on Facebook, is helping to spread the warning.


People are also being warned that the pet thieves are tagging the homes of potential victims with red dots, as shown in this picture:


However, the police and animal welfare authorities insist there's simply no evidence that any of this is happening. Social media expert Tama Leaver is quoted as saying, "To go from dog missing to dog fight is a long bow."

Perth's vicious dog fighting hoax
watoday.com.au

The internet has been flooded with chilling tales of an organised underground dog fighting ring operating out of Perth's suburbs. Family pets have been systematically stolen from their yards to be trained as fighting dogs, according to reports appearing on social media and online classified websites this week. While many in Perth claim to know somebody who knows somebody whose pet has fallen prey to a kidnapping, authorities and social media experts have dismissed the warnings as a viral hoax.
Categories: Animals
Posted by The Curator on Wed Feb 27, 2013
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