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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Tom Jones’s Million-Dollar Chest Hair
Last week the Daily Mirror reported that 67-year-old singer Tom Jones had insured his chest hair for £3.5million:

With tough tour schedules and big money at stake, It's Not Unusual for stars to insure their bodies. So it should come as no surprise to learn that Sir Tom Jones, 67, whose mop of luxurious curly brown hair has made him a hit with the ladies, has had his chest hair insured - for the princely sum of £3.5million!
Top insurance house Lloyd's of London was approached about the deal and, after initial concerns that it might prove too much of a risk, went ahead.
"Like a vintage wine, Tom just gets better with age," says our body hair mole.
"Even at the grand old age of 67, the ladies love his hip-thrusting moves and catching a sneaky peak of his famously rugged chest hair."

The story was soon picked up by other media outlets including AOL, Fox News, and the Miami Herald.

I remember seeing the headline and thinking it sounded odd, but I figured it was a publicity stunt. Turns out it's not even that. David Emery of About.com has debunked the report. He writes:

I contacted Lloyd's of London and they said no such policy has been issued. A note from Tom Jones' management on the singer's official website confirms: "No such insurance policy exists or has ever been considered." The story is based, in fact, on years-old scuttlebutt about a policy drafted for an anonymous male celebrity who never actually purchased the coverage.
Categories: Business/Finance, Urban Legends
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 11, 2008
Comments (2)
uhh... Tom Jones' moles, body hair and his 67-year old, thrusting scuttlebutt is not my idea of a fun time, but I'm no old lady ready to throw my undies at the drop of his sans-a-belts. Forgive me, Geriatra, I just couldn't take anymore
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Feb 13, 2008  at  12:15 AM
That's completely crazy - why does it need insurance, it's not like he will loose it !?
Posted by Emo  on  Mon Mar 10, 2008  at  12:31 PM
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