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July 2006
Magic Cheese
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 21, 2006
Status: Ponzi Scheme Chilean police have arrested a pair of con artists who had constructed an elaborate pyramid scheme based on the sale of "magic cheese". OhMyNews reports: The fraud consisted in selling people packs of "Yo Flex," a powder that, she claimed, would ferment milk into a special cheese. Giselle said that this "Magic Cheese" was the latest fashion in France, where women used it as a skin cosmetic, and which in Africa was used as a food supplement... In Chile, a pack of Yo Flex sold for US$500, but chemical analysis determined that the powder was a dairy…
Categories: Con Artists, Food Comments (16)
Beware of Hydrogen in Water
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 20, 2006
Status: Prank Here's a slight variation on the old dihydrogen monoxide prank. The director of the Waterfront Park in Louisville, Ky placed signs around the fountains warning people of dangerously high levels of hydrogen in the water: It seems authorities, tired of swimmers splashing around in the fountains and leery of the possibility of bacteria developing in the water, were hoping the public would be scared away by the foreboding signs — even though there was nothing amiss. David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corp., said he had the signs made in the hopes that a lack…
Categories: Pranks, Science Comments (17)
Human-Toothed Fish Found in Texas
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 20, 2006
Status: Weird (but probably true) news A Lubbock, Texas news station has reported that a local fisherman recently caught a fish that seems to have human teeth: Fisherman Scott Curry reeled in the 20-pound fish on Buffalo Springs Lake and immediately noticed the catch had human-like teeth. A game warden photographed the fish and is attempting to identify it. General Manager of Buffalo Springs Lake Greg Thornton told KLBK13-TV in Texas that he has never seen anything like the fish in the 36 years he has lived…
Categories: Animals Comments (18)
Godzilla Cloud
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 20, 2006
Status: Undetermined I don't have any information about this picture. It's just an image of a cloud shaped like Godzilla that I came across on the web. Is it real or fake? Well, it looks real to me, and I can't see any obvious signs of photoshopping. But I couldn't say for sure. Also, I have no idea what type of cloud this is.
Categories: Photos/Videos Comments (14)
Garage Door Opener Triggers Priapic Response
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 20, 2006
Status: Old joke The Register has posted a transcript of a BBC radio call-in show during which a man phoned up claiming to have a highly unusual medical problem. Following an operation in Turkey to treat his impotence, the man now finds that every time his neighbor opens the garage door, he gets an uncontrollable erection: CALLER: But what is happening now is every time my neighbour comes back in their 4 x 4, I get an erection. HOST: Good Lord. CALLER: This is embarrassing. It's a big problem. HOST: Have you been to see your doctor about…
Auto Dealer Scams
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 19, 2006
Status: Useful stuff to know if you're buying a car Florida businessman Earl Stewart has started a blog, Earl Stewart On Cars, that's full of useful insights about the auto industry. Some of his observations about auto dealer scams and deceptive sales tactics are particularly interesting. Here's a few of them: • The “Big Sale Event”. If you look in today’s newspaper, you will find that most car dealers in your area are having a sale of some kind. It may be because of a current holiday, “too large an inventory” of cars, to “reduce their taxes”, “the manager is out…
How To Fake Your Death On The Internet
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 19, 2006
Status: Public Service Video A highly informative Beginner's Guide To Faking Your Death On The Internet can be viewed on YouTube. It was created by satirist and internet scholar Luke Lewis. Some of the points it covers: → Interest in your death (or the death of your alter-ego) can be measured by Heinstein's 2nd Law of the Internet, which states: I = H x W x C. Or rather, INTEREST in your character equals their HOTNESS times their camWHORE factor times the CRAZINESS of the community in which you're posting (measured in LJs or LiveJournals). "The higher the I value, the more ego strokage you'll get from faking your death."
Categories: Death Comments (2)
Mouse-Infested Plane
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 19, 2006
Status: Weird (but true) news First I should note that I didn't title this post 'Mice On A Plane', since it seems that everyone else in the world who's written about this has already used that joke. The same with noting that the cure for mice on a plane is snakes on a plane. Anyway, the story here is that an American Airlines plane was recently grounded because of a mouse infestation. I know that my parents (who live out in the countryside in Virginia) often have problems with mice getting into their car and chewing through cables, but I wouldn't have thought mice would like conditions on a plane. Too loud and cold.
Wraith Picket Experiment
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 19, 2006
Status: Literary Hoax The Weekend Australian recently announced the results of a literary experiment. They took chapter three of celebrated Australian writer Patrick White's novel The Eye of the Storm, changed its title to The Eye of the Cyclone, changed the names of the characters in it, and changed the name of the author to Wraith Picket (an anagram of Patrick White). Then they submitted this to twelve Australian publishers. Ten of them rejected it, and two never responded. One reviewer wrote that "the sample chapter, while reply (sic) with energy and feeling, does not give evidence that the work is yet of a publishable quality." This particular brand of literary hoax has…
Categories: Literature/Language Comments (8)
Flying Cat
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 19, 2006
Status: Photoshopped This picture of a cat having a whitewater adventure is doing the rounds. Amusing, but pretty obviously photoshopped. (I don't think many cats would willingly get into a raft.) Here's the original from which the cat was taken:
Categories: Animals, Photos/Videos Comments (7)
That Girl Emily: Wife Plots Revenge on Cheating Husband
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 18, 2006
Status: Probably a hoax The latest mystery to capture the short attention span of the internet is ThatGirlEmily. It's a blog, supposedly written by "Emily" who during the past two weeks has discovered that her husband "Steven" is cheating on her. Coincidentally she started her blog just before all these interesting things in her life began occuring. Yesterday she decided to get even with Steven by placing a large billboard near where he works with this message on it: Hi Steven, Do…
Categories: Sex/Romance, Websites Comments (24)
Trained Flies
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 18, 2006
Status: Undetermined Posted on YouTube: a Japanese video of trained flies (actually they don't look like flies to me... maybe wasps or bees). They roll on their back and then juggle a ball on their legs. While it may be possible to train goldfish, I don't think it's possible to train flies. (Though, as one person on Digg pointed out, in laboratory experiments flies have been shown to be capable of learning.) My guess is that they've been drugged. This would account for them rolling over. Juggling the ball between their legs is probably a…
Categories: Animals Comments (20)
Horny Shark
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 17, 2006
Status: Undetermined has been posting more Scary Shark: Real or Not challenges. Their latest picture shows a "horny shark." Is it real or not? The answer will be revealed next week. I'm not sure about this one. The shark kind of looks like it's made out of paper mache, so I'm going to vote that it's fake. They also had a good challenge last week which I forgot to post about. To me the picture looked like a rag-doll shark, so I…
Categories: Animals, Photos/Videos Comments (22)
Yet Another Two-Toned Lobster
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 17, 2006
Status: Strange, but real Big Gary forwarded me this story about a rare two-toned lobster found last week by a lobsterman, Alan Robinson, off the coast of Maine. Robinson donated it to the Mount Desert Oceanarium whose staff members say that "the odds or finding a half-and-half lobster are 1 in 50 million to 100 million. By comparison, the odds of finding a blue lobster are about 1 in a million." Something about this story struck me as very familiar. And then I remembered what…
Categories: Animals Comments (9)
Professional Staredown Contests
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 16, 2006
Status: Fictional Unflinching Triumph, a recently released movie, explores the little-known subculture of Professional Staredown contests (aka Staring Contests). You can view the movie in its entirety online (free and legal!), or view the trailer at YouTube. If you believe the movie, there really is such a thing as professional staredown contests. This illusion is strengthened by the website of the National Association of Staredown Professionals (NASP) and the website of Staredown Champion Tony Patterson. However, I'm pretty sure that the movie is a mockumentary, and that the NASP and Tony Patterson sites…
Categories: Entertainment, Sports, Websites Comments (11)
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