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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907

Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Thing in the Solar Light
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 22, 2003
A reader named Chelsea has shared a fascinating site. It's ThingInTheSolarLight.com. The story here is that a couple just bought a solar-powered light for their yard. They set it up, and then they noticed a strange shape appearing to move inside the light. They captured this strange movement on video, and dubbed the moving spectre the 'Wasist.' I think that should be pronounced Vas-Ist. It's german for 'What is it?' The whole thing is quite loony, of course, but oddly entertaining.

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Lapdance Island
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 21, 2003
Britain's Channel 4 was flooded with applicants hoping to get a spot on the new Reality Show called Lapdance Island. In this show ten men would be on an island with forty lapdancers. The winner would be the one who could keep his hands off the dancers for the longest. But the show was a hoax. Details here.

Blackout Photo Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 21, 2003
A photo of last week's blackout showing a startling dark patch in the northeast is going around. It looks like a fake to me.

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The Real Reason for the Blackout
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 19, 2003
You may have thought that last week's massive blackout was caused by something like an aging national grid, bad transmission lines, or even human error. But guess what? It actually happened because it was the 60th anniversary of the Philadelphia Experiment. At least, so claims Al Bielek. I'm not clear on why the anniversary caused the lights to go out, but maybe all the power got sucked backwards through time or something. Even more sensationally, Bielek claims that he predicted the blackout a few weeks ago. In case you don't know about him, Bielek claims to be a time traveler stuck in the present era. He says that he was originally Ed Cameron, a participant in the 1940s Philadelphia...

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Black Market Babies
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
If you feel like adopting a baby, but can't for some reason, just give the folks at Black Market Babies $50,000 and they'll steal someone's baby and give it to you. They also offer black market pandas and black market tigers for sale. Unfortunately their online form for submitting orders is 'temporarily' out of order. (Link via Entensity.net, who linked to me. Warning: their site is not safe for work).

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Is that food real or plastic?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
Sometimes plastic display food, like you often find in Japanese restaurants, can look awfully real. This website has a shockwave test that challenges you to separate photos of real food from the plastic stuff. The pictures are too small to really make a good decision, but it's a neat idea. (why they felt the need to design the test in shockwave, I can't figure out. HTML would have worked perfectly well for something this simple, and when viewing it with Safari it crashed my browser).

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More eBay Auctions
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
I got an email from the girl (not guy) selling the Air Guitar and Ring of Saturn on eBay. Turns out she has a few other items for sale, such as a Ticket to Heaven (in case you're worried about going to Hell), and the Answer to Life and the Universe. I guess she's mastering the art of the Strange eBay Auction. WhatTheHeck.com has a great collection of such eBay Oddities. Included are hot-sellers such as Ghost Poop and A Lie.

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Inner Peace
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
Here's a silly email that's going around. Not a hoax. Just a joke: Inner Peace I'm passing this along to you as I consider you a valued friend. This worked for me and I think it may work for you. I have found Inner Peace. Recently I read an article that stated: The best way to achieve inner peace is to Finish Things You Have Started. So today I finished two large bags of potato chips, the last half of a lemon cream pie, a nearly full bottle of Jose Cuervo, a small box of Godiva Chocolates and I slapped the living shit out of someone I have never liked. I feel better than I have felt for a long time! Please pass this along to a friend who is in need of Inner Peace

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Excelsior, Minnesota: No Starbucks Allowed
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2003
The small town of Excelsior, Minnesota recently launched an ad campaign declaring that big retailers such as Starbucks and Home Depot were not welcome in its community. A bold position to take, especially considering that those retailers had never expressed any interest in opening up stores there.

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The Crop Circle/Beer Connection
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 17, 2003
Some new crop circles in Devon may be inspired by a potent new beer.

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Ring of Saturn for Sale
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 16, 2003
A visitor points out that the same guy who's selling an on eBay, is also selling [url=http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1467&item=2946033745]a ring of the planet Saturn.

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Is Peter Lynds a Hoax?
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 16, 2003
Recently a 27-year-old New Zealander named Peter Lynds has been getting a lot of attention. He's been hailed as the next Einstein because he's come up with an entirely new theory of time. And he's done this without having any formal qualifications as a physicist. But suggestions that Peter Lynds may be nothing more than a hoax have been cropping up. Some have even doubted the guy's existence. The Guardian investigated and found that Lynds was real enough, but that his work hasn't exactly wowed everyone in the Physics community. And that thing about him being the next Einstein... that may trace back to an offhand remark by Lynds himself. Update 8/17/03: A visitor has posted an interesting...

Fake Friendsters
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 16, 2003
There's been not one, but two articles in the past few days about the phenomenon of Fake Friendsters. Apparently many people using the new online service Friendster — a service that allows you to meet new people by making connections with the friends of your friends — have been creating fake identities, identities such as God, Giant Squid, or Jackalope. Friendster is fighting back by trying to delete all the fakes. Of course, this is like fighting the tide. Just ask any postmodernist and they'll tell you that the concept of identity is itself inherently illusory. So to insist that only 'real' identities are allowed on the service is absurd. Personally, if I were to create an...

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Mold Dogs
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 16, 2003
How do you know if your house has a mold problem? Well, you could hire a mold-sniffing dog to find out. But be warned. Mold Consultants, LLC says the mold-dog industry is a scam.

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Hotmail Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 14, 2003
To all users of Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc. If you ever get an email claiming to be from your service provider warning you that you need to forward the email you just received "so that we know you are still using this account," then it's a hoax. Variations of this hoax have actually been around a long, long time, but people are still falling for it.

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