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The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Dog wins art contest, 1974
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Quick Links: Eating Sand, etc.

Woman eats 1.5kg of sand daily
Ram Rati, 80, credits her good health to her sand-eating habit. I'm amazed she's still alive if she really eats that every day. Sounds to me like she may have the eating disorder pica.

A case of gnome-icide
Store causes controversy by selling "stabbed" gnomes. "Shelly Oldfield, of Wakefield, was shopping with her elderly mother at Tong Garden Centre, Bradford, when they stumbled across the lifeless bodies – on sale for £9.99 each – and raised the alarm."

Hamster grounds airplane
A plane is forced to land to search for a passenger's escaped hamster. Big Gary notes: "New terrorist weapon-- hamsters."

Telepathic Chiropractor loses his license
James Burda claimed that "he possessed the power to heal clients via techniques he dubbed "Bahlaqeem Vina" and "Bahlaqeem Jaqem," made-up terms that he said described his ability to go back in time to the date of an injury and realign bones and joints using telekinetic vibration." Now he's lost his chiropractor's license. (But do chiropractor's even need a license to practice?) Check out his website if you're interested in how to do a Vibrational Vina on your weyzic.

Viagra Fish
Tiny Ayrai Kunchu fish have become all the rage in India, thanks to a rumor spread by fishermen that the fish have a Viagra-like effect (i.e. they cure impotence). However, "While it is believed that the fish can cure male impotency, those who sell it are not able to say what quantity of the fish must be consumed to achieve the Viagra-like effect." Sounds like the perfect recipe for a scam. If it's not working, they'll tell you it's because you need to eat even more.
Categories: Animals, Food, Gnomes
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 02, 2006
Comments (12)
Hamsters on a plane!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'd be disturbed to see those poor, murdered gnomes.The person who got them has abad sense of humour.
That woman probably does have that disorder.It cant be true.It just cant be healthy to eat sand.

The chiropracter should have his licence removed. It is probably dubious.
Posted by J  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  12:08 PM
I think the article said the chiropractor did have his licence taken away. However, his condition makes him only slightly crazier than all the other chiroprators who believe they can cure anyone.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  03:03 PM
I'd be interested to know what kind of fish a "Ayrai Kunchu" is (no, I don't need Viagra, I'm just interested in fish).
Does anyone know the English or scientific (Latin) name of Ayrai Kunchu?
Posted by Big Gary, MoHDCiCoF  in  Lake Dallas, Texas  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  03:10 PM
Eating 1.5 kg (about 3.3 pounds) of sand every day couldn't possibly be good for you.
But smaller amounts of certain types of earth are indeed medicinal.
When I had intestinal troubles as a kid, my mother would give me Kaopectate, a major ingredient of which is kaolin (a kind of clay). And I now take Tums for acid reflux. The active ingredient in Tums is calcium carbonate, also known as chalk.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Big Sandy, Texas  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  03:14 PM
I actually think that gnome is pretty funny. I can't believe the store actually responded to two people that refused to shop there.

And that chiropractor seems wacko. I hope too many people don't actually believe any of that.
Posted by Archibold  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  06:58 PM
Big Gary, I've been to the Stanley Reservoir (that's the actual name of the place, not the Mettur Reservoir, if that helps you in your researches at all) a couple of times; I remember that there were tilapia and some sort of fish called wallago or wallango, and then another small type called barils or barrils. I think the barils may be the ayrai kunchu; they were little fish about 4 inches long at most that weren't worth anything except as bait.

There are also some eels that are called kuchia in some of the regional dialects, and the reservoir did have a lot of eels in it, but I don't think that those are what the article is about.

Oh, and I've most likely spelled the names of all those fish wrong, but that's what happens when you try to type out a name that you've only heard spoken!
Posted by Accipiter  on  Mon Oct 02, 2006  at  08:35 PM
I heard somewhere
that a gnome in the garden
will actually devalue your house.
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Tue Oct 03, 2006  at  12:46 AM
I wonder whether the lady perhaps eats clay rather than sand. Eating clay can be good for your health (though I doubt in quantities of 1.5 kg a day) as some clays are nutritious (and they can actually taste good!). It is done in various parts of the world. The kaolinite clay Big Gary mentions is actually used as filling in certain pralines here in Europe (because it tastes sweet. It is the same clay used to make China ware by the way).
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Tue Oct 03, 2006  at  05:18 AM
It says sand!The facts about eating small amounts of soil may be true.My once told me that soil on potatos was good for your immune system.Also LaMa, do you think china is sweet?

I agree with everyone else about the chiropracter one.Also, for interest, you can cure phobias like that,mentally taking the subject back in time and making them change something that stops them having the phobia.

The hamster one makes sense though.
Posted by J  on  Tue Oct 03, 2006  at  11:50 AM
I don't think a kg. of sand could be eatten at once, may be in smaller amounts. In my country pregnated women are asked to eat sand " tierra del Se
Posted by Linda  in  Guatemala C.A.  on  Wed Mar 14, 2007  at  09:25 PM
can i eat sand without harmfull effects
Posted by gerald  in  c  on  Sat Feb 16, 2008  at  11:54 PM
good thing those gnomes were killed before they wrecked anyyones gardens who didn't get garden gremlins instead of gnomes those so called jollys are not what you think they are
Posted by keeegman  in  montana  on  Sun Jan 11, 2009  at  06:05 PM
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