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The Great Turkey Drive of 1866
Too Skinny? — 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).
Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2003.   Comments (40)

Of Foxes, Turtles, and Ham — 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.
Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2003.   Comments (0)

Crop Circle — A radio station admits to being the creator of a crop circle.
Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2003.   Comments (0)

More About the Mystery Time Traveler — 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…
Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2003.   Comments (0)


Fake Vacations — 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).
Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2003.   Comments (2)

Van Gogh Caught on Film — Dutch filmmakers who claimed to have a roll of film showing Vincent Van Gogh walking by admit it was all a hoax.
Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2003.   Comments (0)

Beware of Lirf Loopa — 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…
Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2003.   Comments (0)

Of Mice and Metallica — The Guardian contemplates the recent Metallica hoax and word-of-mouse advertising.
Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2003.   Comments (0)


Genuine Holy Water from Lourdes — 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…
Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2003.   Comments (2)

The Death of Joey Skaggs — 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!"
Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2003.   Comments (0)

Is Popeface a hoax? — 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?
Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2003.   Comments (0)

Time Traveler Needs Help — 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.
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2003.   Comments (0)

Meat Shakes — 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…
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2003.   Comments (0)

A Fake at the Smithsonian — 19th century gold bar on display at the Smithsonian turns out to be a fake.
Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2003.   Comments (0)

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