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August 2006
Quick Links: Milk-Sipping Idols, etc.
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 21, 2006
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 action'." Women Strip Naked For Rain Gods Nepal is desperate for rain, and so Nepali women are taking drastic rain. They're stripping naked and ploughing fields. They figure this should appease…
Categories: Paranormal, Religion Comments (8)
Quick Links: Odd Chickens, etc.
Posted by Boo on Mon Aug 21, 2006
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.)
The Hanky Code
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 20, 2006
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 idea of people using bluetooth technology to send clandestine sexual propositions to those with similar technology in their immediate vicinity. Apparently one set of codes…
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Top Thrill Dragster
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 20, 2006
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.
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Steorn Develops Free Energy Technology
Posted by The Curator on Sun Aug 20, 2006
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 and constant energy.…
Categories: Free Energy Comments (28)
Did a Psychic Foresee JonBenet’s Killer?
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 18, 2006
Back in 1998 Psychic Dorothy Allison drew a sketch (on the left) during an appearance on the Leeza Gibbons show of what she thought JonBenet Ramsey's killer looked like. The sketch was posted online and distributed via flyers. Now that John Mark Karr has been arrested for the murder of JonBenet, some people are saying that the sketch looks an awful lot like him. Is this a case of a psychic making an accurate prediction? First of all, the sketch looks vaguely similar, but not exactly like him. Her drawing would match up pretty well to any skinny, white guy. Second,…
Chocolate Virgin Mary
Posted by Boo on Fri Aug 18, 2006
If the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich wasn't to your taste, how about the Virgin Mary discovered in chocolate drippings? Cruz Jacinto discovered the Holy Mother in drippings she was cleaning from a vat of chocolate in the kitchens of chocolatier to the stars, Martucci Angiano. I can sort of see the shape of a cowled figure, I suppose, but that's about it. "When I come in, the first thing I do is look at the clock, but this time I didn't look at the clock. My eyes went directly to the chocolate," Jacinto said. "I…
Categories: Food, Pareidolia, Religion Comments (25)
Quick Links: Breasts!
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 17, 2006
The following links are all "safe for work." I had a bunch of breast-related links accumulating in my bookmarks folder, so I figured I would lump them all together. Bare-Breasted Statue Gets Cover-Up Police speculate it was a prankster who put a bra on the statue of "Mother Iowa" outside the Iowa Capitol. Though, to be specific, it was a faux bra: "'It's not really a bra; it's just two shirts designed to look like that,' said Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Ted Wright. The "bra" was cut off by government workers and thrown away." I'm wondering if John…
Categories: Body Manipulation, Pranks Comments (13)
Quick Links: Elvis Bounty, etc.
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 17, 2006
$3 Million Bounty For Elvis Seen Elvis lately? If you have you might be eligible for a $3 million reward. Filmmaker Adam Muskiewicz "is offering $3 million to anyone who can provide legitimate proof that The King didn't die." It's a publicity stunt for a movie about Elvis he's releasing next year. For details check out his website: I believe that LaMa has been lobbying for quite some time to add an Elvis Sighting Report Page, interfaced with a Google earth map, to the Museum of Hoaxes. Maybe it's time to do it. We'll track him down and win that $3 million!!! David Copperfield Finds Fountain of Youth
Maine Mystery Beast Killed
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 17, 2006
Quite a few people have emailed me this story. Seems that some kind of ugly beast looking like a "hybrid mutant of something" has been found dead outside of Turner, Maine, apparently hit by a car while chasing a cat. People are speculating that the creature is "Maine's own Chupacabra." Others suggest it might have been either a wolf-dog hybrid or a deformed coyote. Here's a description of it: What was found dead in Turner over the weekend was described as charcoal gray and weighing between 40 and…
Categories: Animals, Cryptozoology Comments (22)
Teddy Tourism
Posted by Boo on Wed Aug 16, 2006
Teddy Tour Berlin, run by Karsten Morschett and Thomas Vetsch, cater for those who can't themselves afford to tour the German capital, but want the next best thing. reports that customers send their teddies and the payment details to the company, who then take the bears around sites such as Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Olympic Stadium, and remnants of the Berlin Wall. At each site, the visiting teddy is photographed in a snappy pose. "They aren't photo-montages either," Morschett stresses. "We actually take the teddies to…
Alex Boese Quotes
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 16, 2006
Much to my surprise, I came across this page of "Alex Boese Quotes" on I was kind of flattered to find it, even though I'm sure the page was created by a computer trawling newspaper articles, and despite the fact that the three quotes (which I do recognize, and which I did say) are completely unmemorable. I think I've said some better things in my life. For instance, the first sentence of Hippo Eats Dwarf is better: "We live in a hippo-eats-dwarf world." And what about this quote from page 12 of Hippo Eats Dwarf: "The fact is that men possess all the biological equipment necessary to produce breast milk." That's a quote…
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Quick Links,, etc.
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 15, 2006
Mr. Changes Name Last year Christopher Garnett officially changed his name to "Kentucky fried". (It was a PETA publicity stunt.) Now he's had enough and is changing it back. Anyone feel like changing their name to "Museum of"? I'll give you a free book if you do. (Thanks, Beverley) Thames Town, China The cobbled streets, Georgian houses, and Tudor-style pub might make you think you're in England. But you're really in Thames Town, a faux British village being constructed in China. I've heard of faux English towns in Korea also, but the Korean…
Stardust@home Project Finds Life
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 15, 2006
The stardust spacecraft spent seven years collecting outer-space dust in large sheets of aerogel. Now it's back on Earth and researchers have enlisted the help of internet users to find microscopic specks of dust in the aerogel. They taken 1.6 million images of the gel with a scanning microscope and are distributing these to volunteers. Already some people have found signs of life. Unfortunately it's not extraterrestrial life: On its first day, the website shut down due to heavy traffic. And a few hours after re-opening, it had a stranger problem. In among the speckled grey aerogel pictures appeared photos…
The Road of Non-Starting Cars
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 15, 2006
If you park your car on Percy Road in Gosport, don't expect to be able to start it again. Residents of this road claim that "unknown forces" are preventing their cars from starting. They have to push their cars a few yards up the road before they'll start: Wayne Dobson, 38, first discovered the problem when he came home from work, parked up as usual and tried to use his remote immobiliser to lock his V-registered Land Rover Freelander, but got no response. When he later tried to start the car, he found it was completely dead. However, when he pushed…
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