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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
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  07:09 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  07:58 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  05:28 PM
yeah, yeah. i've done that, like, fifty times already.
Posted by BugbearSloth  in  earth  on  Sun Nov 21, 2004  at  09:22 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  01:35 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  06:38 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  07:07 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  08:27 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  Tue Apr 17, 2007  at  12:15 AM
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