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Virgin Mary in Window — Not a deliberate hoax, but bogus anyway. A leaky window seal causes a peculiar moisture pattern to form on the window of Milton Hospital. True believers swear it's the image of the Virgin Mary.
Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2003.   Comments (0)

Journalistic Integrity — Slate has an interesting piece about some journalists from the first half of the twentieth century who took serious liberties with the truth: H.L. Mencken, A.J. Liebling, and Joseph Mitchell.
Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2003.   Comments (0)


Roswell Declassified — The government declassifies the Roswell records. Popular Mechanics investigates.
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2003.   Comments (0)


Big Plane — Try to guess if this photo of a really big plane getting stuck as it crosses a ramp over a highway is real or fake. The answer's here.
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2003.   Comments (1)


Al-Gebra Terrorist — Here's an email that's been making the rounds recently: At Heathrow Airport today, an individual, later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a compass, a protractor, and a graphical calculator. Authorities believe he is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He is being charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2003.   Comments (0)

Fake Sale Prices — I knew retailers did this: marking items on sale, when the sale price is actually the regular price. Now retailer Suzy Shier gets slapped with a fine for doing it.
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2003.   Comments (0)

Loch Ness Monster and the Witch — A white witch plans to cast a spell that will coax the Loch Ness Monster into making an appearance again.
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003.   Comments (1)

Fake Fags — Fake Fags. It's not what you think, unless you're British.
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003.   Comments (0)

Mainline Airways — Mainline Airways was attracting lots of customers by offering super-low fares to Hawaii. But it turns out there was no Mainline Airways. Only a website created by a teenager.
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003.   Comments (0)

Manitoba Home Security — Here's a picture sent by a visitor to the site named Dorothy. It's titled 'Manitoba Home Security.'
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2003.   Comments (2)

McDonald — The Chicago Tribune on the McDonald's Whole-Wheat Hoax. Apparently, and contrary to McDonald's belief, dying white bread a caramel color does not make it "whole wheat."
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2003.   Comments (0)

Nonprofitabletech — Nonprofitabletech. A software company dedicated to raising lots of venture capital money.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2003.   Comments (0)

Julia Roberts on Redbook — Redbook draws fire from Julia Roberts for putting a picture of her on its cover in which a recent image of her head is pasted onto an old picture of her body. Ironically, the title of their article about her is "The Real Julia." Redbook also recently got in trouble for doing the same thing to Jennifer Aniston. The problem, of course, is not in their use of composite images (everyone does that), but in doing such a poor job of them.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2003.   Comments (1)

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