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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Upgrade My Wife
What is it with this thing about begging for money to pay for plastic surgery? It's become the new online phenomenon, as if the most deserving people in the world are those who need a tummy tuck or boob job. As it happens the guy who created Upgrade My Wife is hoping to get both those surgeries for his wife. And he wants internet surfers to pay for them. He writes:

I created this web site because my wife has been considering a tummy tuck and breast augmentation for quite a few years, but neither of us knew how much it would cost. She made the appointment to see her doctor and went through the consultation. Her surgery quote from the doctor is only good for 30 days and is a whopping. $12,750. All I need to do now is pay for it!

Unlike Caias Ward, this guy isn't even willing to do anything to earn the money. Plus, as is always the case with such things, there's no guarantee the money will go towards the stated purpose. The likelihood is that he'll never raise $12,750, so after a few months he'll probably take whatever money he's raised and spend it on something else.
Categories: Body Manipulation, Business/Finance
Posted by The Curator on Sun Apr 17, 2005
Comments (14)
I'm somewhat amused with the currently prevalent culture's embrace and use of the term and concept of "Upgrades", as if it provides a step up in a socio-economic or caste system. It just kinda seems like an ethereal reward in a material world. Deep, eh?
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sun Apr 17, 2005  at  08:09 PM
I love the way you're willing to assume something's not a hoax. Me, I assume this guy's a common thief who will take the seven or fifty dollars he 'earns' from this and buy himself some Marlboros or an ipod. You assume his sob story--assuming plastic surgery can be considered a sob story--may be legitimate.

God bless you, Forrest!
Posted by terry  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  02:05 AM
if it is a hoax then shame on the hoaxer! i could think of a hundred better sob stories to earn money than plastic surgery for your wife, this sob story just sounds kind of superfical, chaunvistic and desperate (i spelt two of those words wrong im sorry)

what ever happend tothe good ol' "my wife has cancer"???

i dunno hoaxers these days
Posted by joeodd  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  03:48 AM
Didn't someone pay for his/her college tuition in the same way? Nothing succeeds like imitation, I guess.
Posted by Nigel  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  09:25 AM
If the website doesn't work, he can always got to MTV and see if they're willing to do a VERY UNIQUE version of "Pimp My Ride"......
Posted by booch  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  05:31 PM
Either way... I really wish my work "filter" had been turned up just a little higher! smile

Can't bring up a crossword puzzle to save my life yet somehow those pictures show up fine...

At least I'll save $$$ during lunch tonight, the appetite is GONE now... smile
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  06:55 PM
I agree with HH, the first thing I experienced was shocked amusement at this man's use of the word "upgrade". This man is disgusting and extremely chauvinistic, and I'm truly amazed that he considers plastic surgery a "need" for his wife. I am especially appalled by his statement on the front page, "I'm pushing for double D's when she's finished". Oh my god. I'm not a feminist by any means, but the candid sexualization he's conveying is truly abhorrent.

Anyway, reading user comments on the page are more uplifting, because it seems like no one either believes him or agrees with him. I especially like "Your wife doesn't need to be "upgraded," asshole -- she's not a piece of equipment" and of course, "Those photos ought to be used in every sex ed class across America. They would do more to prevent teen pregnancy than anything else." smile
Posted by Sarah  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  09:09 PM
I think it's interesting that this guy is "upgrading" his wife by investing in plastic surgery. I usually thought that when men "upgrade" their significant others, they usually go in for a younger, newer version, not repair the current one...

I think if that happened to me, I'd be kinda insulted that my partner didn't appreciate my looks, but at least he doesn't wanna get rid of me altogether!
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  09:38 PM
I agree, what a jerk! I'm sure his wife LOVES him very much. He hates his wife's looks so much he even created a WEBSITE just so he can make her do plastic surgery. Now if it was endangering her life then that's reasonable, to enlarging her boobs? Hello???
Posted by Yushi  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  10:27 PM
Ick. We need a adult content warning on this one. Those pictures are horrendous.
Posted by Bill B.  on  Tue Apr 19, 2005  at  05:27 PM
Sorry. Those pictures weren't there when I first linked to the site.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Apr 19, 2005  at  05:48 PM
It's about time this guy's wife traded HIM in for something better ... a pound of lard, for example.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  01:48 PM
i too am looking for help with my boob job ! im willing to use my new boobs for advertising or simlar,this is all above board and if someone out there is interested in helping then let me know,all legal with contracts,or you can check out my profile on my free implants url above,this has been a dream of myne since my first child 12 yrs ago,this is not a hoax im a genuine lady looking for help.
Posted by angie  in  uk  on  Sat Nov 05, 2005  at  06:46 AM
I need real help
my wife has stage 4b thymoma cancer very rare she want to go to Italy for her last trip, I have spent thousands of hours on line trying to find a way to take her and our two kids but no luck ...If anyone con help please let me know

thanks mike
Posted by michael vespa  in  26 forest hills dr farmington ct  on  Thu Mar 27, 2008  at  10:47 PM
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