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June 2006
Shin Break
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 21, 2006
Status: Undetermined I've never seen anyone break a bone in real life. I've never even broken one of my own bones. So I don't have much to go on to decide if this clip of a kickboxer breaking his leg is real or fake. But it sure looks fake, especially the way his foot immediately resembles a limp sock once his shin breaks. But perhaps that's what a broken shin looks like.
Categories: Photos/Videos, Sports Comments (27)
Was Franklin’s Electric Kite Experiment a Hoax?
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 21, 2006
Status: Scholarly debate Last weekend Philadelphia celebrated the anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's electric kite experiment (in which he flew a kite during a thunderstorm and proved that lightning was a form of electricity). They did so despite the fact that many believe the experiment was a hoax... that it never happened. The Philadelphia Inquirer provides a summary of this debate. The main proponent of the electric-kite-hoax theory is Tom Tucker, author of Bolt of Fate: Benjamin Franklin and his Electric Kite Hoax. (I noted the publication of his book back in 2003 when it first appeared in print.) Tucker points out that a) "Franklin did not publicize the kite flight until…
Categories: History, Science Comments (26)
Yellow Lines Become Wobbly
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 21, 2006
Status: Strange phenomenon The residents of Aqueduct Street have an unusual problem. Their lines are going wobbly. Specifically, the double yellow lines on their road. When the city laid down the lines earlier this month, they were straight. But now they've begun to take off in random directions. At first some suspected the work of a prankster, but apparently the truth is much more sinister: The lines are doing this of their own accord! This idea really appeals to me. Double yellow lines get fed up with being straight and decide to rebel. What we are seeing in Aqueduct Street might…
Categories: Places Comments (13)
The Body On A Highway Prank
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 21, 2006
Status: Prank Gone Wrong One of the rules of pranking is that you should do no harm. This means no harm to others, nor to yourself. The two Russian soldiers who thought lying down across the highway would be a funny prank, should have given more thought to this rule. As reported by Two young men, private Vladislav Lunev and first class private Nikolay Chistyakov escaped from the army troops not far from Moscow, Russia, late at night, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported Saturday. Being in a very good mood, the two decided to play a…
Categories: Death, Pranks Comments (13)
The Baby Mind Reader
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 20, 2006
Status: Psychic mumbo-jumbo This week Channel Five in the UK will begin airing a documentary about Derek Ogilvie, a guy who claims to be a "Baby Mind Reader." That's right, he can read the minds of infants and tell desperate parents why their little darlings won't sleep, or why they're fussy about eating, or why they cry all the time, etc., etc. The Scotsman has a pretty sympathetic article about him, describing him as a "respected Scottish medium." The Sunday Times, however, rakes him over the coals much more, pointing out that:He used to drive…
Categories: Birth/Babies, Paranormal Comments (20)
Mummified Sea Monster
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 19, 2006
Status: Status: Taxidermical creation I received this email from Alex Wright (of Glasgow): I found this interesting/ disturbing mummified monstrosity on a blog site I frequent. They're not sure what it is. It has a Fiji Mermaid kind of a vibe about it and it sort of reminds me of that picture of the Mexican gent holding a 'chupacabra' head that did the rounds a few years back (which was a dog head if i remember correctly)...…
Categories: Cryptozoology, eBay Comments (26)
Senior Pranks 2006
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 19, 2006
Status: Mischief Most high schools are now out for the summer, so I thought it would be an appropriate time to pause and remember some of the senior pranks that made headlines this year. As usual, they're a mix of the clever, stupid, rude, and cruel. Car on roof - Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School: School officials found a Honda Accord "painted neon pink and covered with green question marks" on the roof of the high school. "Nassau police and school officials said yesterday that dozens of students used crudely made ramps to drag the Honda Accord... onto the roof."…
Categories: Pranks Comments (249)
Fake ‘Love’ Cows
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 16, 2006
Status: Strange News Ambreed, a New Zealand cattle breeding company, has developed a fake cow to collect semen from bulls. The fake cow is "a small go-kart with natural cowhide on its roof" (kind of like a Real Doll, but for cows). It's been exhibiting this fake cow at the Fieldays agricultural exhibition in New Zealand, promoting the device with live "sex shows" of bulls mounting the device. Here's how it works: The go-kart, driven by a human operator, draws close to a bull and adjusts to the proper height. The experience can…
Categories: Animals, Sex/Romance Comments (9)
Scandinavian Model Alexandra Ansgar Promotes Firefox
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 16, 2006
Status: Hoax LaMa gave me a heads up about a hoax circulating through the open source community. I'll let him describe it in his own words: "How do you hoax the geeks behind the open Source movement and the ICT web press? Yep: with a hot blonde and some photoshop... All over the geek Blogging world, posts started to appear last week that the Mozilla Foundation, the guys behind amongst others the increasingly popular Open Source webbrowser Firefox and e-mail client Thunderbird, had struck a deal with hot blonde Scandinavian photo model Alexandra Ansgar to promote their product Firefox (just Google her name and you'll get plenty of hits). The news items were…
Categories: Technology Comments (11)
Candidate Accused of Having Faked His Death
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 15, 2006
Status: Strange News I note in Hippo Eats Dwarf that if you fake your death, you need to remain dead, which means staying under the radar. Ronald Wayne Blankenship hasn't followed that advice. Instead, after allegedly faking his death backin 1990, he's now decided to run for sheriff in Jefferson County... which is a good way to bring himself to the attention of the police who now want him to come in and have his fingerprints checked. Blankenship, meanwhile, is maintaining his innocence, insisting that he's not the same Blankenship who once faked his death:Ronald Wayne Blankenship,…
Categories: Death, Politics Comments (11)
Genpets (shrinkwrapped pets)
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 14, 2006
Status: Hoax (art project) Meet Genpets, the cute, cuddly (kind of ugly) pets of the future, that come shrinkwrapped in plastic: Genpets are living, breathing mammals. Bio-Genica is a Bioengineering Company that has combined, and modified existing DNA to create the Genpets lineup. Genpets are flesh and blood just like any other animal... Genpets are designed to be sold on retail store shelves, not traditional pet stores. This is why they are packaged in plastic. It should be pretty obvious that Genpets aren't real,…
Categories: Animals, Technology, Websites Comments (59)
Million-Dollar Bill Tracts Seized
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 13, 2006
Status: Strange News Earlier this month the Secret Service raided the offices of the Great News Network (a Texas ministry) and seized 8300 inspirational tracts. The problem with the tracts? They were printed on million-dollar bills. I would say fake million-dollar bills, but since there's no such thing as real million-dollar bills, there can't exactly be fake ones either. However, the Secret Service felt they looked a little bit too much like real currency for comfort. Reportedly someone had tried to deposit one at a bank. Meanwhile, the Great News Network isn't happy and is threatening to sue the government. But they…
Categories: Business/Finance, Religion Comments (114)
Real-life Bonsai Kitten
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 13, 2006
Status: Real Bonsai Kittens grown in jars are a hoax. But this video (warning: text ads on the site may not be safe for work) shows a kitten that manages to get in and out of a glass jar quite well. (And the video seems to be real.) It's amazing what some cats can do. My fat cat could never have managed this.
Categories: Animals, Photos/Videos Comments (8)
Boa Eats Kangaroo
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 13, 2006
Status: RealI don't have any information about this series of photos, other than that it shows a boa eating a kangaroo. And the photos appear to be real. I found them on a Russian-language website.
Categories: Animals, Photos/Videos Comments (8)
Air Stockings: Spray-on Pantyhose
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 12, 2006
Status: Strange (but real) product This product came out in Japan in 2003, and in America in 2004. The idea behind it is simple. It's a "unique blend of hydrolyzed silk proteins and specially formulated foundation" that you spray on your legs to "recreate the even look of silk hose, without all the hassle. Never worry about runs or tears again!" In other words, it's pseudo-pantyhose. In a July 2004 article in the Houston Chronicle, Liz Embry wrote: With a pioneering spirit, a colleague…
Categories: Body Manipulation Comments (10)
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