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Cursed by Allah
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
A black lion: real or fake?
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Hippo Goes For A Swim
Here's a story I missed last month, even though it occurred right here in my backyard (figuratively speaking). FoxSports.com took the lead in disseminating it, but versions of it, such as the one below (from the Seattle Times) appeared in many papers:

The San Diego Chargers moved their practice operations to Arizona during last week's devastating fires in Southern California, depriving special-teams coach Steve Crosby of a genuine Kodak moment back home.
As Jay Glazer reported at FoxSports.com: "Crosby received a call from his wife informing him that she walked outside to assess the damage and get this she found a hippopotamus in their swimming pool! A hippo!
"She called the authorities, who came and tranquilized the animal and removed it."
The Crosbys live near the San Diego Wild Animal Park.

Turns out there was no escaped hippo lounging in Steve Crosby's swimming pool. The San Diego Wild Animal Park doesn't even have hippos (though the San Diego Zoo does). Crosby claims that it was a locker-room joke that somehow got mistaken as real news.

He should have said there was a hippo in his pool eating a dwarf.
Categories: Animals, Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 29, 2007
Comments (1)
As long as they don't have any dwarves in their back yard, they shouldn't have much to worry about.
Posted by Big Gary, MoHDCiCoF  in  Fossil Rim, Texas  on  Thu Nov 29, 2007  at  02:05 PM
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