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Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Fake Road Signs
Fake road signs have been popping up around Frankston, Australia, amusing some and outraging others. The signs are said to be the work of a "mystery artist." From the Frankston Leader:

The mystery Frankston signs have been carefully made to look like official road signs. Drivers have reported seeing them in Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Langwarrin. Some think they are funny while others - and officials - aren't laughing...

Although VicRoads' media department thought the signs were "very amusing", its regional director Steve Brown was not laughing. The placement of inappropriate signs such as these was unsafe and illegal, he said. "VicRoads has arranged for them to be removed immediately and may request police to assist in identifying who was responsible."

It reminds me of the Fake Road Sign Project that artists conducted in Lyon, France back in 2004 (with the official endorsement of the Lyon city government). The Lyon Sign Project used to be online at, but that link now appears to be dead. A few of the Lyon signs can still be seen here, here, and here.

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Categories: Art, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 07, 2008
Comments (3)
Personally fond of the old internet standby of the diamond sign showing a wizard with 'You Shall Not Pass'
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Wed May 07, 2008  at  03:52 AM
I was going to post this one, but, after looking at their collection of signs, they werent that good.
What does 'Give way art work' mean anyway?
Well, the site on the Aussie page was just a tease to ask you to send in more of your own pics anyway.
Posted by AussieBruce  on  Wed May 07, 2008  at  08:36 AM
Those may be funny things, but completely useless and dangerous, too.
Posted by Milla Valkeasuo  on  Tue May 13, 2008  at  04:34 PM
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