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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Cursed by Allah
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Fake caterpillar fungus
Chinese food inspectors have issued a warning to those planning to buy caterpillar fungus: Many samples of caterpillar fungus have been replaced by fakes. These fakes "not only miss their medicinal function, but could even be poisonous."

According to Wikipedia, caterpillar fungus is one of the most prized ingredients in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine:

it is used as an aphrodisiac and as a treatment for a variety of ailments from fatigue to cancer. It is regarded as having an excellent balance of yin and yang as it is apparently both animal and vegetable (though it is in actuality not vegetable, but fungal).

So my guess is that the "real" stuff does basically nothing.
Categories: Health/Medicine
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 24, 2008
Comments (1)
I've seen this things when I was in China, and at that time couldn't make much sense of the description of "animal first, then plant". Now I get it.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Thu Sep 25, 2008  at  03:28 AM
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