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Hoaxes, mischief, and misinformation throughout history
First Genetics: The website of the first laboratory to have successfully genetically engineered an ape to be able to communicate with humans via typing on a keyboard
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 Comments (0)

Yoga Kitty: Instructional yoga videos for you and your cat
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 Comments (0)

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.
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 Comments (0)

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.
Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 Comments (1)


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.
Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 Comments (0)

Ninja Burger: The world's predominant undergound ninja-run fast food delivery service
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (1)

Origami Boulder: The Japanese art of folding paper used to make round rocks
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (1)

Buy Dehydrated Water: It's compact, lightweight, and easy to store
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (0)

Baby Smasher: use baby-changing stations to dispose of unwanted babies
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (2)

Chrissy Caviar: A woman sells her eggs as caviar
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (1)

Power from the Phone Company: Plug your electrical appliances into the phonejack
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (0)

Home Despot: Shop, Destroy, Rule
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (0)

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.
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (2)

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.
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (0)

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…
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 Comments (3)

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