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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The worms inside your face
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Use your left ear to detect lies
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
A black lion: real or fake?
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Man Lifts Planes, Elephants
Earlier this month 'spiritual teacher' Sri Chinmoy lifted a 5,322lb airplane off the ground. And the guy is 73 years old. I know there's got to be some trick here. How exactly did he lift that much weight? Was he using a lever of some kind? This weight-lifting success follows on the heels of a little 3,100 mile jog he and some of his followers did. Not a cross-country jog, mind you. No, they jogged around a city block in Jamaica, Queens. It took them seven weeks, running for 18 hours a day. The jogging I'm perfectly ready to believe. The weight-lifting, I'm not so sure about.
Categories: Religion, Sports
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 19, 2004
Comments (9)
Real Jedai master he is
Posted by Loxx  on  Fri Nov 19, 2004  at  06:09 PM
This is a typical form of mind over mater, this guy lifted all that weight with his mind. I did just about the same last night, i call it dreaming LOL.
Dream-on Jedi master
Posted by Jeroen  in  Holland  on  Sat Nov 20, 2004  at  06:58 AM
I'm going to guess some variety of block and tackle, myself..
Posted by Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Sun Nov 21, 2004  at  04:28 PM
yeah, yeah. i've done that, like, fifty times already.
Posted by BugbearSloth  in  earth  on  Sun Nov 21, 2004  at  08:22 PM
Hey, If it's in Asbury Park Press, it must be gospel. That's Springsteen country, ya know!
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Mon Nov 22, 2004  at  12:35 AM
Dunno about this, but my gf went to one of 'maestro' Chinmoy's concerts (they're free, yet advertized with huge poster campaigns, billboards etc - where's the wonga coming from?)... she said that while he used a huge array of instruments he patently couldn't play any of them. The concert hall ended up 90% empty...
Posted by paul in prague  on  Mon Nov 22, 2004  at  05:38 AM
Hmmm, maybe I could be a Spiritual Teacher too. I can't play a large number of instruments, either.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon Nov 22, 2004  at  06:07 PM
This guy is an all-around fraud and fake -- and a creepy one too. Check out the "critical" links at
Posted by JJ  in  Detroit  on  Tue Nov 23, 2004  at  07:27 AM
It is well known that all of Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting tricks involve the use of levers and also some trick photography. Have a look on the site of Rick Ross for example:
Posted by Yogi Bear  in  Washington  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  11:15 PM
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