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The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD

Life discovered on the moon, 1835
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
How Californias recall election can erase the states deficit
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 08, 2003
A lot of people have been wondering whether this whole California recall election is some kind of hoax, what with candidates for governor such as Gary Coleman, Larry Flynt, and Angelyne. Well, it's no hoax. All it takes is $3500 and 65 signatures and anyone can announce their candidacy for governor. Personally I think people are failing to see the potential here to get rid of Gray Davis and solve our budget woes all in one fell swoop. Think about it. We've got a $35 billion deficit, and it costs $3500 to run for governor. So if the entire population of Los Angeles registered to run for governor, our deficit would be gone in an instant. Apparently we're already well on our way to achieving...
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Too Skinny?
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 08, 2003
Here are some images that have been circulating around of anorexically skinny fashion models. Are these models actually this skinny, or have the images been touched up by someone trying to make the fashion industry look like a gallery of horrors? I'm not sure. (Warning: one of the images may not be considered safe for work, though it's no racier than what you'd find in your average issue of National Geographic).
Of Foxes, Turtles, and Ham
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 08, 2003
A Japanese newspaper scooped its rivals by revealing a serious environmental problem—that foxes were eating the eggs of the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. It even had pictures of the foxes eating the eggs. Until it turned out that the only reason the foxes were standing there by the eggs was because the cameramen had lured them there with ham.
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Crop Circle
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 08, 2003
A radio station admits to being the creator of a crop circle.
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More About the Mystery Time Traveler
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 07, 2003
David Emery, at About.com, has dug up some interesting clues about the time-travel spammer. He notes that an authentic mind warper generator was once offered for sale on eBay, as well as a Generation 4 Dimensional Warp Generator. Bidding on these items has closed. He also notes that there's speculation that the mystery spammer is a well-known, Woburn-based spammer named Robert Todino, since the mystery spammer states that he lives in the Woburn area. But someone who wrote to me claims to have talked to the time traveler on the phone and supports the theory that the guy is crazy as a loon.
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Fake Vacations
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 06, 2003
Many Italians are too embarrassed to admit that they can't afford to go on vacation, so they take fake vacations instead (i.e. tell everyone they're going away, then sit in their room with a sunlamp).
Categories: Exploration/Travel Comments (2)
Van Gogh Caught on Film
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 06, 2003
Dutch filmmakers who claimed to have a roll of film showing Vincent Van Gogh walking by admit it was all a hoax.
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Beware of Lirf Loopa
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 05, 2003
Edward Ingram writes in: Several years back I remember being taken in be a news story on KAKE-TV in Wichita KS. Supposedly, a woman was driving when her infant began playing with her garage door opener. To her surprise it was noticed by the woman that when the opener was clicked within 100 YDS. of a traffic light, the light would obligingly turn green. The story even went so far as to show a city traffic engineer standing by an opened traffic control box, puzzled. They went on to report that the garage door opener was manufactured by a Swedish company called Lirf Loopa, who, when contacted, informed KAKE that they had met all regulations and laws concerning the device and were...
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Of Mice and Metallica
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 05, 2003
The Guardian contemplates the recent Metallica hoax and word-of-mouse advertising.
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Paul Is Dead
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 05, 2003
Undeniable Forensic Proof that Paul McCartney really was replaced with a Look-Alike in 1966 (link via J-Walk)
Genuine Holy Water from Lourdes
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 04, 2003
Scam Alert! A company is sending out spam directing people to a website (http://www.0te.com/3) that sells genuine Holy Water from Lourdes. They boast that it's a miracle cure. "Holy Water can save you where medicine failed!" they proclaim. And it's yours for only $39.95. I'm tempted to believe that if you pony up $39.95 they really will send you genuine holy water from Lourdes. That's not the scam. The scam is that you can head on over to lourdeswater.com and buy the same stuff for less than half the price. So this company is tricking people into paying them $39.95 for a product that they then order elsewhere on the web for only $15. That's a nice scam and a quick way to pocket $25. I was...
Categories: Con Artists, Religion Comments (2)
The Death of Joey Skaggs
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 04, 2003
Legendary hoaxer Joey Skaggs is dead at 58. Okay, not really. But reports of Skaggs's death have surfaced, much to his surprise. Skaggs comments: "I found it quite amusing, but just to be on the safe side, I'm going to see my doctor about this pain in my ass!"
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Is Popeface a hoax?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 04, 2003
In response to a posting I made on July 16 questioning the authenticity of an image showing the pope sticking his tongue out, the webmaster of popeface.com has contacted me to insist that popeface is not a hoax. I'm still a little skeptical. It could be genuine, but it's such an odd picture that it immediately triggers my suspicions. Why were the negatives destroyed? Why is he selling it through a website, rather than through more normal channels such as an auction house or even eBay?
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Time Traveler Needs Help
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 02, 2003
There's an email going around claiming to be from a time traveler stuck in the year 2003 who needs a dimensional warp generator to get back home. Lots of people, myself included, are wondering what exactly this email is, and why someone is going to the trouble of bulk-mailing it to millions of people.
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Meat Shakes
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 02, 2003
Here's a new hoax website: meatshake.com. It claims to be the homepage of the MeatShake Corporation, operators of the Meat Shake chain of fast food restaurants. You guessed it, MeatShake offers meat lovers the chance to quench their carnivorous appetites with ham, beef, and turkey shakes. Let there be no doubt. This is meat put in a blender and sipped through a straw. Their corporate vision is simple, "Meat. Lots of Meat." (Thanks to Jeff Whealton for pointing the site out to me). In reality, the MeatShake website is the creation of a band from Long Beach called Ugly Duckling. Their latest album, "Taste The Secret," tells the story of the MeatShake restaurant and it's battles against the...
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