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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Don’t buy diamonds in a Wal-Mart parking lot
Here's one for the "If you're this stupid, you deserve to be conned" file: The victim encounters two people in a Wal-Mart parking lot who are engaging in a transaction involving a diamond. The buyer (a man) offers the seller (a woman) $20,000 for the diamond. A normal person would think, "This is an odd location to be having this kind of transaction." Instead, the victim asks if she can buy a diamond also, and gets $1900 from the bank to pay for it. Surprise! She later discovers the diamond is fake. Link:
Categories: Con Artists, Scams
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 21, 2008
Comments (2)
Speaking of things you shouldn't buy at Wal-Mart, last I heard, the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville still had custody of the tiger cubs that the McAllen, Texas police confiscated when some woman was caught trying to sell the cubs out of the back of her SUV in the McAllen Wal-Mart parking lot.
The Brownsville Zoo thought this was a good occasion to educate people about the problems attendant on keeping exotic pets, so they put the cubs on display along with a sign explaining why tigers make very poor housepets. But, according to the Texas Observer, everyone who comes to the zoo looks at the tiger cubs and says, "Oh, look at the kitties! They're so cute! I want one!"
Posted by Big Gary  in  El Tigre, Texas  on  Fri Nov 21, 2008  at  05:14 PM
Stupid people do stupid things... Paying $1,900 for rhinestones doesn't have to be one of them... I believe Walmart has a gumball machine right there at the door - with probably higher quality "diamonds" in it than what this sucker purchased in the parking lot...
Posted by Christopher  in  Warm, sunny Florida...  on  Sat Nov 22, 2008  at  10:08 AM
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