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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
Black-Market Babies
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 20, 2003
Black Market Babies: Do you want a kid but don't want to deal with the stress of using an adoption agency? Let Black Market Babies steal a baby for you.
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Hurricane Isabel?
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 19, 2003
A photo described as a tanker approaching Hurricane Isabel at sea has been spreading around though email. And I have to admit, I've contributed to its spread, forwarding it on to friends and family. But David Emery informs us that it's a hoax. Well, the picture itself is real. But it doesn't show Hurricane Isabel. Instead, it shows a tanker approaching Tropical Cyclone Graham. But whether it's Isabel or Graham, it's still a really cool photo.
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Indian Ghost Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 19, 2003
A newspaper in the Indian city of Tiruchirappalli published a picture of a boy with an eerie ghost hovering behind him. They claimed the boy had encountered the ghost while on a school picnic, and went into a coma. Now the ghost was stalking other boys. As a result, families throughout the region started keeping their kids home, out of school. The photo, of course, was a photoshopped fake. More details here.
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Ninja Burger
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Ninja Burger: The world's predominant undergound ninja-run fast food delivery service
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Origami Boulders
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Origami Boulder: The Japanese art of folding paper used to make round rocks
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Dehydrated Water
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Buy Dehydrated Water: It's compact, lightweight, and easy to store
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Baby Smashers
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Baby Smasher: use baby-changing stations to dispose of unwanted babies
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Eggs As Caviar
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Chrissy Caviar: A woman sells her eggs as caviar
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Free Electricity
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Power from the Phone Company: Plug your electrical appliances into the phonejack
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Hoax Website: Home Despot
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Home Despot: Shop, Destroy, Rule
Prank-Themed Beers
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
I was at the beer store recently and I was pleased to discover some beers with prankish themes. First there was the aptly named Pranqster from North Coast Brewing. This was a great beer with a very fruity taste. High marks. Next I stumbled upon The Three Stooges Beer. I had to get it just for the label, but it turned out to have a pretty mediocre flavor. Not bad, but nothing special either. Of course, the king of all hoaxy/prankish beers would be Olde Frothingslosh, the beer so light that the foam floats on the bottom, which I've never had a chance to buy or taste.
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Hoax-Themed Board Games
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Some board games with hoaxy themes: First, the Crop Circles Mystery Board Game, it's the Game With Healing Energies (via liquito). Next we have Tall Tales, the Game of Legends, Humdingers, and Creative One-Upmanship.
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More about that guy and the bus
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 18, 2003
Got an email from Kentaro Mori who runs a Brazilian weblog about hoaxes (he also translated my hoax photo test into Portuguese at one point). He took a look at the video of that guy ducking under the bus. Whereas I thought the guy must be on the opposite side of the bus, employing a trick of perspective to make it look like the bus was going over him, Kentaro analyzed some of the frames of the video a little more closely and suggests that the bus is actually going over him. Could be. If so, hopefully it was a staged stunt, otherwise I can imagine the heart attack the guy…
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Another 9/11 Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 17, 2003
Here's yet another 9/11 hoax. Cyril Kendall has been sentenced to 11 to 33 years in prison for claiming that his son Wilfred died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Because of his claim he got $160,000 from the Red Cross, which he used to buy a new car. The only problem: he never had a son named Wilfred. (Story in the NY Times, Reg. Req.).
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Bone-Sniffing Dog
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 17, 2003
The Panama Truth Commission hoped to uncover the truth of what happened in that country during the reigns of the dictators Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega. So they brought in Sandra Anderson, a dog trainer whose bone-sniffing dog could help locate the bodies of the dead. But now there are fears that Anderson was a fraud who planted evidence when her dog couldn't find any.
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