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July 2002
Crop Circle — Very cool new crop circle found near Stonehenge.
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (0)

Time Travel Mutual Fund — I once read a science fiction story that theorized that we never die. We just grow more improbable. Whenever we face a life/death moment, there is always a probability, however remote, that we could survive. In one universe we might die, but in an alternative universe somewhere that branches off from our reality the remote probability that we survive is followed. It was a neat theory for a science fiction story. This site has found a way to make money from a very similar idea. Just…
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (4)

Barry Minkow — Fascinating update and background from the Guardian on Barry Minkow, famous in the '80s for his ZZZZ Best carpet-cleaning scam which he perpetrated when he was only 20. Served 7 and 1/2 years. I wonder if anyone from Enron will serve even a fraction of that time?
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (0)

Thin line between fact and fiction — Truth and paranoid fiction becoming blurred in the modern world (Editorial from the Daily Pennsylvanian).
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (1)


Stephen Glass — They're making a movie about the fraudulent career of Stephen Glass of the New Republic. It'll star Darth Vader as Stephen Glass.
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (4)

Imperial Misunderstanding — Be careful when you address the Imperial Highness in Japan. Amusing reference to possible verbal misunderstanding, from Japan Today.
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002.   Comments (0)

Brian MacKinnon — Update about Brian MacKinnon, the 32 year old man who posed as a 17-year-old in order to get into medical school. Now it's seven years later and he's living in his car.
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002.   Comments (1)

Piltdown Man Redux — Ancient skull found in Africa. Let's hope that it doesn't turn out to be another Piltdown Man. This time they should check the jawbone (if there is one) really carefully.
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002.   Comments (0)

Presidential Candidates — Some alternative presidential candidates from the past: fig bar man, pogo, and nobody.
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002.   Comments (0)

Fake Euros fool shoppers — "A publicity stunt by a German firm which sent out fake 300 and 1,000-euro notes adorned with naked women has backfired after people began using them as legal tender. The firm Planet-Present said it had permission from the Bundesbank and European Central Bank. Only close scrutiny shows the notes are fakes. Michael Leidig, Vienna." Found on the Daily Telegraph site. Here's a picture of Planet-Present's fake euro (page is in German).
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002.   Comments (1)

P.T. Barnum — Here's an interesting site about P.T. Barnum, including a list of his most famous humbugs: ptbarnum.org
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002.   Comments (1)

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