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Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Post-Rapture Pet Adoption
For over three years, Eternal Earth-Bound Pets has been offering peace of mind to Rapture believers. Should the Rapture come, and the devout are whisked away up to Heaven, this service will take care of their pets that are left behind — for a small fee of $135 per pet.

But now Bloomberg News is reporting that the business was all just a hoax concocted by Bart Centre, a retired retail executive in New Hampshire, in order to promote his book, The Atheist Camel Chronicles. Bloomberg quotes him as saying:

The entire thing was a hoax. What we call on the Internet a poe, a spoof, a parody, a complete fiction. It was all a fiction from the very start. I never had any intent to accept contracts for our service or payment for our service and I never did... I was so concerned that people would actually pay me for the service that I eventually disabled the payment button.

Centre also explains that he's revealing the hoax now because, "the State of New Hampshire’s Insurance Department has asked me to discuss my ‘insurance’ offering... and provide them with all the names of NH clients who have signed on and paid for my pet rescue post rapture service."

It's a shame. I thought the service sounded like a good idea, and a perfectly reasonable business proposition. If someone believes the rapture is on its way, why shouldn't they pay to have their pets taken care of post-rapture?

Categories: Animals, Religion, Websites
Posted by The Curator on Sat Mar 17, 2012
Comments (2)
This reminds me of a cartoon I saw many years ago. A "Christian" is talking to his pet dog, on how he'll miss the dog when the man is "Raptured". The final panel shows the results of the Rapture.. the dog is gone, but the man remains.

Posted by John Paradox  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sat Mar 17, 2012  at  11:34 AM
Well shoot.. Now that the competition has proven itself a hoax, I wonder if there might be an opening in the market for a REAL service...

... nah. It'd be hard proving I had enough infrastructure to actually take care of the critters. Though I suppose I could bury a 'drop-off' requirement in there somewhere.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Sun Mar 18, 2012  at  01:57 AM
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