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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
A black lion: real or fake?
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Phone Angel
image If you've ever wanted to phone up someone who's dead, then Jürgen Bröther has the solution for you: the Phone Angel. If I understand it correctly, this is basically a speakerphone installed inside a coffin. It's configured so that whenever it senses an incoming call, it'll turn on, so that your voice will be broadcast inside the coffin. Just don't expect the occupant of the coffin to speak back. Or maybe they will... The weirdest part of the whole deal is that he offers a rebate if you return the phone once it's battery wears out. Of course, to retrieve the phone you have to dig the coffin back up. (via The Anomalist)
Categories: Death
Posted by The Curator on Thu Feb 03, 2005
Comments (5)
It's not IN the coffin, it's 30cm. below the surface. It can still be dug up. So it's really just a speaker in the middle of a cemetery.
Sounds creepy to me!
Posted by Nick  in  USA  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  05:45 AM
I'm sure nobody would ever misuse this.

Help! I'm not dead! Get me outa here!!!
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  09:44 AM
So if it's not in the coffin, what's the point? You could just yell down at the ground... which would be free.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  03:18 PM
But this way you can do it ELECTRONICALLY. Plus you find a way of disposing of that pesky 2 grand you had rotting in your wallet.

Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  03:43 PM
There's an interesting thread of phones for the dead running through some urban legends, see

Posted by Pete Warden  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  07:10 PM
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