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Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The worms inside your face
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Woman “prank calls” her own grandmother
Calling a store and asking "have you got Prince Albert in a can" is a prank call. Calling your grandmother 45 times and saying "You're going to die" is not a prank call. It's a sign of serious psychological issues. [google]

A 21-year-old woman faces felony charges after allegedly prank-calling her 69-year-old grandmother 45 times in one day, threatening to kill her. The woman faces five felony counts including harassment. A criminal complaint said she told police she was "bored" and "wanted to have some fun." ...
The criminal complaint said the suspect told investigators she wanted to scare her grandmother but didn't want her dead. She said she knew it was wrong but not illegal.
Categories: Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 07, 2009
Comments (3)
"She said she knew it was wrong but not illegal."

So, it's okay to do wrong and cruel things on a whim so long as there isn't actually a law against it? She sounds like such a lovely girl. . .
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Jul 07, 2009  at  05:02 AM
Of course, it actually is illegal.
Harassment, abuse of phone lines (the FCC gets involved), extortion, making terroristic threats, are just a few of the criminal charges that could be filed.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Telephone, Texas  on  Tue Jul 07, 2009  at  12:06 PM
I once was repeatedly phoned, by a voice leaving the message:" the Viper comes on Tuesday". Needless to say, when Tuesday came along, I was worried. The knock came at the door, and upon opening, I found a little German man with a bucket and squeegee, who said: "It's Tuesday, and I'm here to vipe the vindows." Whew, that was close one.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Jul 07, 2009  at  12:56 PM
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