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August 2006
Katie Loses Weight — Katie Couric recently shed about twenty pounds, thanks to a magic mouse diet (i.e. the click of a mouse did the reducing for her). A CBS magazine distributed a photo of her in which she looked dramatically slimmed down. But the original photo reveals her slightly more plump, actual self. Of course, magazines doctor the photos of celebrities all the time to make them look better. I suppose the only reason this instance is attracting attention is because she's now a news anchor. But…
Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006.   Comments (24)

The Betjeman Letter — British papers have been reporting details of a literary hoax. The characters involved aren't that well known (at least to me), but the punchline is kind of amusing. Two years ago A.N. Wilson, biographer of poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, found a love letter written by the poet. Or, at least, he thought he had. Turns out the letter must have been deliberately planted to embarrass him because a journalist found a coded message inside of it. The Guardian reports: The telltale sign that…
Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006.   Comments (6)

Quick Links: Pregnant Man, etc. — Beijing Fake Smile Campaign Beijing residents are being urged to practice their best fake smiles, in preparation for the 2008 Olympics: "We hope Beijing residents will join in the smile campaign to turn the city into a city of smile," Liu Jian, one of the committee members, was quoted as saying on Monday. What happens to those who refuse to smile? Clown Crushed To Death, Audience Applauds No reason to doubt this story isn't true, but it does seem like a real-life version of the Hippo…
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006.   Comments (17)

Infants-Blood — Infants-Blood is a website that claims: "Our uncompromising approach to quality means we offer simply the best infant's blood on the market today. Independent lab analysis proves it. And your taste buds will know the difference! " They offer products in a number of categories - Bath & Beauty, Health & Nutrition, Premium Blood and Virgin's Blood. It's pretty obviously a joke website. There are some wonderful quotes on it, including: If Virgin's Blood provides us such wonderful…
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006.   Comments (10)


Mysterious Creature Washed Up on Beach — I received links to two different pages featuring a series of pictures showing what is described as a 'monster' and an 'unknown creature'. On one of the sites, this description is given: This creature was found by Russian soldiers on Sakhalin shoreline. Sakhalin area is situated near to Japan, it’s the most eastern part of Russia, almost 5000 miles to East from Moscow (Russia is huge). People don’t know who is it. According to the bones and teeth - it is not a fish. According to its…
Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006.   Comments (17)

Virgin Mary on Turtle — I'm posting a lot of these lately. I guess it's Religious Icon season or something. Shirley McVane believes her two-year-old turtle is developing an image of the Virgin Mary on its belly. "I told some of my friends, you know, 'I got a turtle,' and I said it has the image of the Virgin Mary on it, and I said it's getting plainer and plainer, and they said 'Yeah, Shirley, you're 81 years old. You think we believe that?' I said it's the truth, so now they all believe it," said McVane. …
Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006.   Comments (24)

Quick Links: Stupid Criminals, etc. — Do you want to be a gigolo? Malaysian men promised that, for a fee, they can become well-paid gigolos. It's the old dream job scam. One sucker "was told to meet a client at a city hotel. He waited for hours until he spotted a Western women who seemed to be searching for someone. 'I thought she was my client so I approached her and introduced myself. To my surprise, instead of receiving words of welcome, I got cursed and insulted,' he told the daily." Dumb Robber #1 Forgets to bring bag…
Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006.   Comments (11)

New York Puppet Library — When I came across this page descriping puppet lending libraries—one in Boston and another one in New York— I thought it had to be a joke. Especially given the New York puppet library's location: inside a memorial arch. But apparently these are real. A google search brings up quite a few articles about the New York puppet library, including this one from Time Out New York Kids: A different kind of lending library makes its home in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza Arch. A small flock of…
Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2006.   Comments (5)

Virgin Sarah Seeks Help Losing It — Jane Magazine is getting a lot of publicity from a feature they're running about Sarah, who's supposedly a 29-year-old virgin who wants to lose her virginity by her 30th birthday. And, of course, she's appealed to Jane Magazine readers to help her find the guy for that special moment. Sure, she could be for real, but it all seems highly doubtful. After all, we pretty much have to take her word for it that she is what she claims to be. (Though maybe she'll offer a fake virginity…
Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2006.   Comments (10)

Giant Swiss Army Knife — This has to be a publicity stunt, because how could anyone actually use this thing? It's a Giant Swiss Army knife, featuring 85 tools, including a flashlight, golf divot repair tool, fish scaler, cigar cutter, toothpick, and a key ring. It weighs 2 pounds, 11 ounces and measures 8.75 inches. Wenger is selling it for $1200. But you have to special order each one.
Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2006.   Comments (22)

Quick Links: Falling Cow, etc. — Woman Avoids Falling Cow If Sally Brown hadn't moved when she did, she would have been hit by a cow that had tumbled 50ft off a cliff above her. Man Claims Penis Pump is a Bomb Madin Azad Amin really didn't want his mother to know he'd packed a sex toy for his trip to Turkey. So he told officials it was a bomb. (Thanks, Big Gary C) Cows Have Accents A group of British farmers claim that their cows moo with regional accents. (Thanks, Beverley.) Man Survives 1000m Fall A South African…
Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006.   Comments (6)

Jesus in an Ultrasound — Following hot on the heels of the chocolate Virgin Mary (which, as many people pointed out, looked more like the Maltese Falcon) comes: Jesus as seen on an ultrasound picture. Seven months through her pregnancy, Laura Turner went for a routine ultrasound. She already knew that her son had a cleft lip, and she and her partner had been told there was a possibility of the child having Down's Syndrome. She says that she didn't notice anything particularly odd about the scan until a friend…
Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006.   Comments (12)

Snakes In A Theater — A story got out on the news wires claiming that a prankster had released two diamondback rattlesnakes in a theater during a showing of Snakes On A Plane. The source of the story appears to have been AMC spokeswoman Melanie Bell, which gave the story some credibility. But now the police are saying that the report isn't true: There is some shred of truth to the story, Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said. A 10-inch-long rattlesnake was found Friday in a hallway at AMC Desert Ridge 18,…
Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006.   Comments (6)

Quick Links: Demon Coin, etc. — Demon Coin Sold A Winnipeg coin collector has sold an American penny for $170 on eBay. He claims the coin bears the image of the devil. Personally, I'm having a hard time seeing it. But at least it's not another image of the Virgin Mary.Pretend To Be An Illegal Immigrant Experience all the thrill and danger of illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the United States... without really being in any danger at all. A Mexican park is offering tourists the opportunity to pretend that…
Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006.   Comments (13)

Flashing Bride — I received this in my inbox from an unnamed correspondant: "I've been sent this photo by several people in the past few days. Looks too perfect to be real." (ETA: After comments, I've removed the image from the page, but you can view it here.) Well, it's certainly been posted to the BridalBloopers website, but all the information with it states is that it has been posted by a woman named Amanda Sell from Mount Vernon, WA. As to whether it's real or not, it's hard to say. The…
Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2006.   Comments (55)

Quick Links: Milk-Sipping Idols, etc. — Milk-Sipping Stone Idols Hindus in Uttar Pradesh have been enthusiastically pouring milk on stone idols, encouraged by a rumor that the idols were "sipping" the milk. Experts have dismissed the "milk-sipping" phenomenon as a hoax: "Lucknow University Geology professor M.P. Singh said: 'It is very natural for any stone idol to absorb any liquid - and the older the stone, the more it absorbs.' V.K. Singh of King George's Medical University here termed it as 'nothing other than capillary…
Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006.   Comments (8)

Quick Links: Odd Chickens, etc. — Odd Chickens This site includes a rare photo of Mike the Headless Chicken. (Thanks, Dethcheez.) Women send private emails to the world Yep, it's another case of someone hitting the wrong button, and things taking a turn for the embarrassing. Chicken or rat? Could you tell chicken from rat when it's been properly prepared and cooked? (Perhaps not suitable for those of a nervous disposition.)
Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006.   Comments (10)

The Hanky Code — In Hippo Eats Dwarf I note the prevalence of stories about secret codes that various subcultures are said to use to indicate their sexual preferences to each other. For instance, there was a scare a few years ago that high school girls were wearing colored jelly bracelets to indicate the sexual favors they were willing to perform. And objects hanging on powerlines are supposed to have secret meanings (such as sex or drugs nearby) to those in the know. And the Toothing hoax drew on the…
Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006.   Comments (12)

Top Thrill Dragster — The following pictures of an extreme roller-coaster have been circulating around via email. Yes, the roller-coaster is real. It's the Top Thrill Dragster at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio. On their website they've got some cool point-of-view videos of the ride in action. Appended to the pictures of the rollercoaster is this next one, with the caption: "And this last picture says it all..." I'd be willing to bet that isn't really a picture of…
Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006.   Comments (16)

Steorn Develops Free Energy Technology — An Irish company, Steorn, has been making some pretty bold claims lately. They claim to have developed "revolutionary free energy technology," and last week they published an ad in The Economist challenging the scientific community to test their technology. Their ad reads:Imagine A world with an infinite supply of pure energy. Never having to recharge your phone. Never having to refuel your car. Welcome to our world At Steorn we have developed a technology that produces free, clean…
Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006.   Comments (28)

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