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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Fake Fish Photos
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
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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