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The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Use your left ear to detect lies
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Popemobile on eBay
image A 'popemobile' is up for sale on eBay (in Germany). It's a used car that once belonged to someone named 'Josef Kardinal Ratzinger'. The new pope hasn't lived in Germany for over twenty years, and doesn't need to drive himself around. So it's unlikely that the car was his. Nevertheless, bidding has already reached some obscene amount. But all the bids are probably hoaxes. (thanks to Casey for the link)
Categories: eBay
Posted by The Curator on Fri Apr 29, 2005
Comments (8)
Heard this on the radio this morning! Wondered about posting it in the forum...Thanks for saving me the work, Alex...
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Fri Apr 29, 2005  at  01:10 AM
It's very likely that the car was reimported to Germany by 2005. The original documents were confiscated and scrapped. The new papers say "last known/named previous owner" was Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger. I don't know whether that gets checked by the authorities. Maybe they'd even believe you if you claimed the previous owner had been, say, George W. Bush. If this is a fraud then it's certainly a clever one.
Posted by Jay Sauerkraut  in  Germany  on  Fri Apr 29, 2005  at  01:18 PM
Does it have rocket boosters and krypton-tipped missiles?
Posted by Citizen Premier  in  spite of public outcry  on  Sat Apr 30, 2005  at  07:29 PM
wink Unfortunately this is not a hoax. this is real.
Posted by JPII.  in  D  on  Tue May 03, 2005  at  09:36 AM
Yeah, it's only that the document says Rotzinger, while the pope's name is Ratzinger.
Posted by ivv  on  Tue May 03, 2005  at  07:36 PM
It's been bought by the same casino that bought the Virgin Mary toast, according to BBC news
Posted by Owen  in  comprehensible  on  Sat May 07, 2005  at  07:56 AM
1. Kardinal means more or less pastor, it
Posted by wegi  on  Fri Jun 16, 2006  at  09:27 PM
yeah right wegi it definitely IS the pope's car he lived in germany nearly all his live and why shouldn't he have owned a car himself? funny americans smile
Posted by donkov  in  germany  on  Fri May 11, 2007  at  08:05 AM
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