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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
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Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
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'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Quarter-stealing Bird
A bird that steals quarters from a vending machine. Is this a hoax? I honestly don't know.

Update: Apparently it's not.
Categories: Animals
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 15, 2002
Comments (2)
It's not a hoax! My mom's fiance caught it on tape.
Posted by Brooke  in  Austin  on  Sat Apr 16, 2005  at  12:44 PM
The thing is - I don't think a bird would have any interest in coins even if they were easy to reach (scattered on the ground) - I just can't imagine them being drawn to them.

Another problem I have with the story - the photos were too good - I don't think they came from a security video.

Another problem - it's anonymous - "Bill has a car wash" ? Why so anonymous? No city, no state, no name of business...

The amount of $4000 was pretty wild too, that's a lot of quarters - it would require so many "runs" - surely someone would have noticed the birds and the owner wouldn't have needed a security camera.

I'm quite skeptical of birds stealing quarters, even more skeptical of bids burrowing inside machines to get them ...
Posted by Craig  on  Fri Jun 19, 2009  at  11:59 PM
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