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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Fake Fish Photos
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Everything is back to normal
After a couple days of fussing with the design of the site, I've decided to put everything back to almost the way I had it when I started -- except for a few minor tweaks. I decided I couldn't stand having the google ads smack in the middle of the weblog, even if they do generate more money there. (It's probably a trade off anyway between making more money and driving off readers, so it comes out even in the end.) You can all carry on as if nothing ever happened.
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 16, 2007
Comments (10)
You're funny Alex...

It looked "ok" earlier even with all the suggested changes being made, but it is kinda nice to see the front page look "familiar" again.

Thanks for being flexible.
Posted by Aj aka Oppiejoe  in  Haslett MI (but currently someplace forbidden...)  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  02:46 AM
It does look much better. But I do feel guilty about being one of those to pressure you into changing your ad policy. I had kind of assumed that google ads paid a pittance... I mean, does anyone ever actually click on them?
Posted by outeast  in  Prague, Czech Rep  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  12:26 PM
Someone is clicking on the ads. I don't think it's regular visitors to the site. I suspect it's people who stumble on the site via a search engine looking for something else, and then see an ad that interests them, and proceed along on their way.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  05:39 PM
Ha, the Google ad on this page right now says, "Shut down Bonsai Kitten."
Obviously somebody doesn't know their market.
"Save Bonsai Kitten" would be much more popular with MoH readers.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Tokio, Texas  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  10:01 PM
I noticed that too. I was wondering just how the Peta people manage to breathe if they think that a petition will "Shut down Bonsai Kitten for good". I mean, do they not understand that it will just be mirrored by someone else and back up? Have they not heard of Freedom of Speech? Who will they present the petition to, Donald George Smith?

If they can successfully petition to have the website permanently banned, couldn't everyone else petition to have Peta permanently banned?

Sorry, I'm on a ramble, but the whole premise of their petition peeves me every time I see it.
Posted by Transfrmr  in  deep trouble  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  11:48 PM
Transfrmr, I doubt PETA is actually behind it. My guess is someone else is doing it to make PETA look bad. Granted it would be hard for anyone else to make PETA look any worse than they make themselves look, but my guess is someone tried.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Fri Aug 17, 2007  at  08:50 PM
Transfrmr, what makes you think PETA (if it's really them behind the campaign) really believes a petition could ban the Bonsai Kittens for good? I suspect, like most of the stuff PETA does, it's just an attention-getting stunt. And maybe a well-considered one, too: the sort of humorless twit who can't figure out that the Bonsai Kittens are a joke is exactly the gullible type PETA is looking for.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Muleshoe, Texas  on  Fri Aug 17, 2007  at  08:53 PM
Christopher, I'm pretty sure it's Peta, considering the link is to peta2.com and the Whois lookup turns up this:
PETA Foundation
501 Front St
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
United States
(757) 622-7382

I do agree with Big Gary that it is likely a publicity stunt. Regardless, the whole premise of the stunt disgusts me. They should stick to naked celebrities, rather than insulting freedom.
Posted by Transfrmr  in  deep trouble  on  Sat Aug 18, 2007  at  03:51 AM
"Everything is back to normal"... whoa, that's mighty all-encompassing. To be honest, I wasn't aware that EveryThing was Abnormal, but I kinda sensed it, you know? See, I should just follow my instincts. I guess I will, now that Everything Is Back to Normal. Wait, what about the lunatic in The White House? That's not normal... or, is it? hmmm
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sat Aug 18, 2007  at  10:03 PM
i just saw that "shut down bonsai kitten" google ad on another site, and decided to create a "stop the stop the bonsai kitten petitions" petition of my own:

http://www.petitiononline.com/probonsk/petition.html
Posted by smartygirl  on  Sat Oct 20, 2007  at  09:54 PM
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