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June 2003
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)

P4 Laptop — Apple introduces the P4 Laptop in order to compete with Microsoft's iLoo.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2003.   Comments (0)

Ghost in a Jar — If you missed the Ghost In A Jar thing on eBay, Reason Online provides a summary of it. Unfortunately the original ghost in a jar page has been pulled from eBay, though it's been archived here. But now the Ghost in a Jar has its own weblog on LiveJournal. And of course hundreds of ghost-in-a-jar imitations are now flourishing on eBay. And there's even an entire website devoted to ghost-in-a-jar stuff.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2003.   Comments (1)


Beckham Kidnap Plot — The Observer details how the News of the World came to believe a far-fetched yarn about a plot to kidnap Victoria Beckham, even though their source was a serial liar.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2003.   Comments (0)

Ern Malley — The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Peter Carey is writing a novel about the Ern Malley hoax. It'll be titled My Life As A Fake. Ern Malley was the name of a poet who wowed Australia's Modernist literary establishment back in the 1940s. Trouble was, he was just a fictitious character invented as a prank by some anti-Modernists. Details here.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2003.   Comments (0)

Epidemic of Lying — The San Francisco Chronicle argues that America is suffering from an epidemic of lying, as a consequence of which we're no longer shocked by scandals such as the Jayson Blair Affair. We just expect that everyone is lying.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2003.   Comments (0)

Yehoash Tablet — The "Yehoash Tablet" found in Israel last year turns out to be a fake.
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2003.   Comments (0)

Sputnik on eBay — The auction of a genuine backup model of Sputnik on eBay is pulled because of hoax bids. Some more details here.
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2003.   Comments (0)

Damion Hall Not Dead — The singer Damion Hall is not dead, despite recent email rumors to the contrary (supposedly he was found dead on a greyhound bus).
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2003.   Comments (0)

Lie Detectors — New, more accurate lie detectors being developed based on brain analysis.
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2003.   Comments (0)

This is not a calculator — I wouldn't call this a hoax website, but it's definitely a site that has a strong viewpoint about reality. To be precise, the creator of the site knows exactly what is a calculator, and what is not a calculator.
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2003.   Comments (0)

Believing in Fargo — Now here's an odd story. An article in the Guardian tells the tale of Takako Konishi, a Japanese girl who apparently believed that the movie Fargo was real (perhaps because it says it's a true story at the beginning, though it isn't) and went off to North Dakota to find the million dollars that one of the characters buries during the movie. Unfortunately Takako died trying to find the money. Or so everyone thought. The reporter who went to investigate finds out the real truth behind…
Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2003.   Comments (0)

Princess Caraboo Portrait — An 1817 portrait of Princess Caraboo done by Thomas Barker is going up for auction at Christie's soon. Bidding is supposed to reach at least £6000. If I had the money I'd bid on it. It would go nicely above my desk.
Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2003.   Comments (0)

Miskatonic University — Here's the website of Miskatonic University, well known to fans of H.P. Lovecraft. If you don't know who Lovecraft is, you won't get the joke.
Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2003.   Comments (0)

Spoof Ads — The Globe and Mail argues that many of the spoof ads going around recently are actually inside jobs created by the companies being spoofed.
Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2003.   Comments (0)

Touristguy Video Footage — Steve Merchant just shared this with me. Apparently it's video footage taken from a camera that survived the destruction of the World Trade Center.
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2003.   Comments (1)

Mail-Order Husbands — Guys have been able to shop for mail-order brides for quite some time now, so I guess this was inevitable: mail-order husbands. And what fine specimens of the male species they have available!
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2003.   Comments (26)

Another Moon Hoax — The Canberra Times reports on a different moon hoax from the late 1960s which it, in turn, read about in the most recent newsletter of the Canberra Skeptics society. This hoax was perpetrated by a grad student named Ray Crawford who had managed to get his hands on some NASA stationery: "Shortly after the first moon landing Dr John Lovering at the ANU [Australian National University] received a piece of moon rock to analyse. Ray wrote a letter purporting to be from NASA to Dr Lovering…
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2003.   Comments (0)

The Loch Ness Mall — Visitor Michael Melen wrote in with a description of a radio hoax from the mid '80s: "Baltimore had recently undergone a revival of its downtown area, centered on the Inner Harbor development. A radio ad trumpeted the newest addition to Baltimore's Inner Harbor: the world's very first underwater shopping mall called the Loch Ness Mall. The ad went on to describe how wonderful the mall would be and when it would open. It turned out to be a concoction of a radio advertising group,…
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2003.   Comments (0)

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