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The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Sea Captain Date—real or fake?
As far as niche dating sites go, you can't get much more niche than SeaCaptainDate.com. It describes itself as "the only place for Sea Captains to connect with men and women who share a love of the ocean."



Now I'm willing to believe that there are niche dating sites out there, but SeaCaptainDate.com seems a little too weird to be real. Is it really just an elaborate joke?

I'm not the first to ponder this question. The site first attracted attention back in Jan 2011, when articles about it appeared on nerve.com, time.com, and howaboutwe.com (among others). These sites expressed some doubts, but overall leaned toward the site being real.

Most recently, jezebel.com weighed in on the matter -- and they too decided the site seemed to be real, since they managed to contact a spokesperson for the site who, in turn, connected them with a woman who claimed she had actually been on a date with a sea captain through the site.

Jezebel.com conceded that both the site rep and the woman could have been in on the gag, but noted, "if that's true, someone out there is trying really, really hard to make us believe that you can sign up to date sea captains on the internet. And that's a labor of love in itself."

However, I still have my doubts. Here are the things that have my hoax-sense buzzing:

1) The site is registered anonymously. This, in itself, doesn't mean anything, except that anonymity is the preferred method-of-operation of hoaxers.

2) The site was registered in 2010, but it claims that its business has existed since 2007. It explains that it used to be called AtlantisDate.com. However, I can't find any evidence that AtlantisDate.com ever existed before 2011. According to the info in the WHOIS database, atlantisdate.com was only created in Jan 2011, which is a bit odd if the site supposedly existed since 2007.

3) The gallery of sea captains who are members of the site doesn't seem to have changed at all since Jan 2011. So if the site is real, its member base is pretty static. Doesn't appear to be getting much new business.

4) Finally, check out the Sea Captain Date Song -- and listen to the lyrics:



There's a place to go
To find the lady of your dreams
And sail into the sunset
Where no one hears her screams

I'm sorry, but no real dating business would be making jokes about its members murdering women on the high seas.

The site credits the Sea Captain Date Song to "acclaimed songwriter and musician" Cole Gladis. Coincidentally, Gladis lives in Philadelphia, where Sea Captain Date also says that it has its offices. I'm guessing the entire site is a joke dreamed up by Gladis.
Categories: Sex/Romance, Websites
Posted by The Curator on Tue Feb 21, 2012
Comments (3)
Ha ha ha. I like the cool captain name "Password123".
Posted by Tah  in  Idaho (Yes, Idaho)  on  Tue Feb 21, 2012  at  10:10 PM
Perhaps you should sign up Alex and see if you find yourself a genuine sea captain? LOL
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Thu Feb 23, 2012  at  02:13 AM
What do you make of the captain bricks? I am thinking of ordering just to find out what happens

http://www.buddingco.com/Sea-Captain-Date-PicBrick-p/sc_picbrick.htm
Posted by Mary Bolton  in  Buffalo New York  on  Sun Feb 26, 2012  at  11:12 AM
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