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June 2003
Joseph Papp — A visitor named Heinz Klostermann sent me quite a bit of info about Joseph Papp, a Hungarian-born inventor who first claimed that he had built a submarine capable of traveling at 300 mph, and later claimed to have built a car engine that could run for six months without refueling. Heinz sent an article about Papp that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News in 1989, as well as an article apparently written by the physicist Richard Feynman describing a demonstration of Papp's engine. It…
Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2003.   Comments (1)

Dolphin Sex — Another visitor contribution: ...I guess this Website can't be Dis-Proved, but it might make an interesting addition to your Museum: Dolphin Sex (Warning: some of the content isn't safe for work) My response: I assume the site is just a joke. But given all the things that people have supposedly tried to mate with throughout history (see my Birth Hoaxes Gallery for some examples) one can never be too sure.
Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2003.   Comments (4)

Objective Ministries — A visitor asks: http://crossspot.net/objective/kidz.html is this site for real,or just mocking christian web sites? My answer: My vote is that it's satire, though it's pretty hard to tell. To my jaded sensibility the site definitely has a tongue-in-cheek feel to it. For instance the proposed redesign of the American flag to include the word 'GOD' stamped in huge letters across the top of it seems a little much. But there are people who go for that kind of stuff. What confuses me are…
Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2003.   Comments (14)

Misleading Ad — Here's another case of the underlying reality of what an ad is showing being out of sync with the message the ad is trying to deliver. A Canadian campaign commercial shows a shot of a smiling family accompanied by a voice over that says, "I want a premier who believes what I believe." But the family shown is an American family from Oregon. Oops.
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2003.   Comments (0)


Virgin Mary in Hospital Window — More info about the image of the Virgin Mary that's appearing in the window of Milton Hospital. Plus a picture. I guess I can sort of see how it looks like the Virgin Mary, but it also looks a little like the state of New Hampshire if you squint your eyes just right.
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2003.   Comments (0)

Beer for the Homeless, More Info — More from Gary Poole, a spokesperson for Beer for the Homeless: "It was originally intended as an internet satire, but very quickly took on a life of it's own when people really did start donating money. The group that does it even had to hire an accountant to keep up with taxes and such. They'll be featured in an upcoming issue of FHM Magazine, in fact."
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2003.   Comments (0)

Poland Spring Water — This is disappointing. Poland Spring water turns out not to be spring water at all, just highly treated groundwater. Nestle is being sued for false advertising. I used to drink Poland Spring all the time before I moved out to California.
Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2003.   Comments (6)

Beer for the Homeless Response — A few weeks ago I linked to a site called Beer for the Homeless, which I suspected of being a hoax. After all, it reminded me of the classic Arm the Homeless campaign, which was definitely a hoax. Turns out my suspicions were wrong. I just got this note from a spokesperson for the site: Just as a note, the "Beer For The Homeless" website is indeed NOT a hoax. It's a real site that really uses the money raised to buy and deliver beer to homeless people living in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2003.   Comments (0)

Big Roosters — A visitor named 'AJ' wrote in with this question: Awhile back there was a picture of a Very Big Rooster with a guy in a cowboy hat and a rope tied around the neck of the rooster, where Can I find that picture? Here's the picture, plus a look at some other big roosters of yesteryear.
Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2003.   Comments (0)

Czar of the Bizarre — The Czar of Bizarre: sideshow-related art, prose, and links.
Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2003.   Comments (0)

Mein Kampf Sequel — It turns out that Hitler wrote a sequel to Mein Kampf, and unlike the infamous Hitler Diaries, it's not a hoax. It's soon going to be published in an English translation. This NY Times article about it also contains a good summary of the Hitler Diaries hoax.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

Castro Radio Prank — Miami deejays hoax Fidel Castro with a prank phone call. It's the same pair that earlier hoaxed Hugo Chavez.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

High-School Pranks — High-school seniors superglue the locks on their teachers' doors. The teachers are not amused. In other senior prank news, piglets are released in a school the day of the senior barbeque.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (253)

Brother of Jesus — The box that some people claim once contained the remains of the brother of Jesus has been determined to be a fake.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

Public Credit Reports — There's an email going around claiming that consumer credit reports are soon going to be made public. It's a hoax.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (1)

No Sex Change for Toto — Toto's keyboard player is not going to have a sex change. It was just a joke. Personally I was more surprised to discover that Toto was still around.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (1)

British Airways Hoax — British Airways officially denies an email hoax going around claiming that if you forward the message enough times you'll get a free flight.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (0)

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)


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