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Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Is the Pope Incorruptible?
The question that seems to be on everyone's mind is what's going on with the Pope. Why isn't his body showing signs of decomposition? He's been dead for almost a week now, and most bodies at this stage would be putrefying. But not the Pope. Has he been embalmed? The Vatican says no. But the experts seem to think that some kind of embalming, if only partial, must have occurred. Could it be that his body is being kept chilled? If so, the cooling apparatus is pretty well concealed. Or is his body 'incorruptible', meaning that it will never decompose as is said to be the case with the bodies of saints? I'm going to go with the experts and speculate that some kind of embalming must have been done, despite what the Vatican says.
Update: And while I'm on the subject of the Pope, if you feel like you have what it takes to be the next Pope, why not apply for the job. Only Roman Catholics need apply, so I'm out of luck.
Categories: Death, Religion
Posted by The Curator on Fri Apr 08, 2005
Comments (43)
Female Pope?

That would be Pope Joan.

One way or the other a definite hoax.

Peter
Posted by Peter  on  Fri Apr 08, 2005  at  06:47 PM
guess what folks. he really is a popesicle.
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/4/6/163022.shtml
Posted by Heidi  on  Fri Apr 08, 2005  at  08:43 PM
The poorer you are, the more preservatives you ingest in your food. The more preservatives you ingest, the slower your body will decay. Summation: Poor people last longer.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri Apr 08, 2005  at  09:09 PM
"And a tanner will last you nine-year."

Culture!

>>>In the middle ages, having an incorrupt cadaver was regarded as a sign of holiness.<<<

Yeah, but in the middle ages, being infested with lice was also regarded as a sign of holiness, to put things in perspective. (Really for real, look it up.)

He's only been dead a week. It's far too soon to judge if ol' JP is incorruptible or not. People are jumping the gun on this for the same reason they used to think there were such things as vampires--

Because most people without extensive medical and forensic backgrounds really have no clear idea how a body REALLY composes. Especially one that's been interred or otherwise sealed up.

Just because a body looks fresh on the outside doesn't mean it isn't putrid and full of gases on the inside, after all.
Posted by Barghest  on  Fri Apr 08, 2005  at  09:40 PM
...or maybe the Pope is a vampire.

Vampire Pope! In Color!

Sort of a hip 70's vampire pope who solves mysteries and fights crime.
Posted by Barghest  on  Fri Apr 08, 2005  at  09:41 PM
How does one apply for the position of Pope for real? I sent an e-mail to the Vatican and it bounced. If any of the Cardinals ask me about what type of sex I would have as Pope I would simply say "Nun".
Posted by Dan Felps  in  Lexington KY  on  Fri Apr 08, 2005  at  10:21 PM
What if you just turn up and say you're Jesus Christ, and do a few miracles (high tech back up required), wouldn't you get the job instantly?

Gotta be the greatest hoax of all time (well since the first Jesus anyway) wink
Posted by Christ knows  in  Heaven  on  Sat Apr 09, 2005  at  11:20 AM
"How does one apply for the position of Pope for real?"
You don't exactly apply. The College of Cardinals meets and votes by secret ballot. They lobby, conspire, horse-trade, etc. among themselves until somebody gets a majority of the ballots. A great deal of secrecy is supposed to attend the whole thing.

"What if you just turn up and say you're Jesus Christ, and do a few miracles..."
Even if you convinced the Cardinals that you really were Jesus, I think you still wouldn't qualify for the job. The Pope isn't supposed to be Jesus himself, he's just the most senior priest of Jesus here on earth.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Sat Apr 09, 2005  at  12:05 PM
One of my favorite bits of Pope lore is that when the Pope dies, he isn't officially dead until a Vatican dignitary strikes him on the forehead three times with a silver mallet, calling him by name each time. If the Pope doesn't answer, it's time to look for a new pontiff.
It's an early-medieval version of an encephalogram, I guess.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Sat Apr 09, 2005  at  12:09 PM
I read somewhere that they did "light embalming". I'm not exactly sure what they mean by that. I guess it could mean they at least drained the blood or something, though I am not sure just how much this would help.
Posted by Myst  on  Sat Apr 09, 2005  at  02:47 PM
What? You have to be a Cardinal in order to be Pope?! Darn! I was hoping one of the Red Sox could be Pope. Just think...Pope Curt I...

Of course, why be a Pope when you can be an Antipope instead? It's all the rage amongst splinter Catholic groups nowadays...
Posted by Anonymous  on  Sat Apr 09, 2005  at  06:29 PM
Look, I saw a close-up picture of the Pope in a Catholic magazine, and he looked extremely dead, and on the edge of decaying. You could see the veins under his skin, and the skin was darkening around his eyes, etc. Could it be that the pictures most people see were edited? God forbid we should see what a real dead body looks like.
Posted by Anonymous  on  Thu Dec 22, 2005  at  12:09 AM
Could the body be held in a vacum and that is what is prohibiting decompsition?
Posted by Lounge Lizard  in  El Paso, Tx  on  Fri Aug 25, 2006  at  04:37 PM
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