Hoax Museum Blog Posts: January 2006

‘Who Wants To Die’ Talking Elmo — Status: Either a prank or a manufacturing defect When Angela Bolls bought an interactive Elmo book for her young daughter, Miranda, she had no idea what she would be exposing her daughter to: Family members said 16-month-old Miranda Boll's new book, "Potty Time With Elmo," was supposed to teach an interactive lesson using voice commands. However, when the book's buttons are pressed, it reportedly says something it is not supposed to -- "who wants to die?" ... Bolls said she checked…
Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006.   Comments (52)

Red Iceberg — Status: Real Here's an odd image I found floating around on the web. It looks photoshopped, but it turns out that it's real. A Danish artist, Marco Evaristti, spray-painted an iceberg red back in 2004 to make some kind of artistic statement. As this MSNBC article explains: Evaristti and his crew sailed in two ice breakers from the small town of Ilullissat, Greenland, on Wednesday, and zigzagged among icebergs for about 30 minutes before they found the perfect frozen canvas. Working…
Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006.   Comments (14)

Hoax Cartoons — Here's a couple of hoax-related cartoons. The first one was found by my wife in yesterday's paper: This next one was found by Big Gary on Yahoo. (It refers to Sony's fake graffiti.)
Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006.   Comments (6)

Woman Marries Dolphin — Status: Not a legally recognized marriage A British woman has married a dolphin. The touching ceremony took place at Dolphin Reef in the Israeli port of Eilat (which is, I guess, where the dolphin lives). The dolphin is named Cindy, but despite the female name seems to be a male. (That would have made it even more unconventional if it was a gay interspecies marriage.) No word on where the couple plan to honeymoon. And one can only speculate on whether this marriage will ever be
Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006.   Comments (16)

Happy New Year — Happy New Year everyone. My new year's resolution is to be more productive, procrastinate less, post more often, and resurrect that email newsletter which I've started and let lapse numerous times. I'll start implementing these resolutions as soon as I finish watching the first season of Lost, which I got for Christmas on DVD. One has to have priorities, after all.
Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006.   Comments (4)

Publishers Reject Booker Prize Winners — Status: Publishers hoaxed Convinced that the publishing industry can no longer recognize quality literature when they see it, the Sunday Times devised an experiment to test their theory. They submitted opening chapters of books by V.S. Naipaul and Stanley Middleton to twenty publishers and agents. The results: None appears to have recognised them as Booker prizewinners from the 1970s that were lauded as British novel writing at its best. Of the 21 replies, all but one were rejections.…
Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006.   Comments (7)

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