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February 2007
Yemeni Man Grows Horns from Head
Posted by Boo on Wed Feb 28, 2007
102-year-old Saleh Talib Saleh says he had had dreams when he was younger of growing horns from his head. At the age of 77, he started noticing a hard patch on his scalp. It wasn’t really bothering him and, since at the time there were no local medical facilities, he just ignored it. Gradually, the hard patch grew into what looked like a horn. The growth reached 1.6 feet before the stress on it, due to everyday life, caused it to weaken and fall off. Almost immediately, a second ‘horn’ began growing in the place…
Computer Programme Debunks Pianist
Posted by Boo on Tue Feb 20, 2007
English pianist Joyce Hatto had risen to some prominence over the year preceding her death. Whilst she never played in public, recordings of her performances of works by artists such as Liszt, Schubert, Rachmaninov and Dukas, produced by her husband from a private studio, had her hailed as an unknown genius. However, an iTunes programme that compares recordings with an online database has thrown her abilities into doubt. A critic for the classical music magazine Gramophone was surprised to find that, when he loaded into his computer a recording of the pianist playing Liszt, the programme identified it as the work of the pianist Laszlo Simon on…
Quick Links: Fishermen Eat ‘Alien’, etc.
Posted by Boo on Sun Feb 18, 2007
Fishermen Eat 'Alien' Fishermen from the Rostov region of Russia recently caught a mysterious creature that is said to have made 'squeaking sounds'. The men were out fishing two weeks ago after a storm, and found something unidentifiable. The animal weighed around 100kg, and the men took video footage of it using a camera phone. Then they ate it. Whilst experts were disappointed that there was nothing left of the creature, the footage has been reviewed by scientists and ufologists, and both appear to agree that there was nothing extra-terrestrial about the specimen. (Thanks, Jen.)
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Quick Links: Statue of Jesus Shoots Sparks, etc.
Posted by Boo on Tue Feb 13, 2007
Statue of Jesus Shoots Sparks Visitors to the Liverpool Academy of Art have claimed that a sculpture of Jesus has shot sparks from its eyes. 'Cleansing of the Temple' by Brian Burgess is a steel and bronze statue. Some visitors have also apparently gone into a trance whilst kneeling at the base of the sculpture. The artist says: "I worked on the piece for about a year but I never saw any sparks apart from those coming from the welding torch." Forum thread here. (Thanks, Madmouse.) Snorkeler…
Riding The Tiger
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 12, 2007
I found this picture posted on Weird Asia News. It could easily be real. Especially if that woman has some experience handling tigers (though she doesn't look like she does). Or the tiger is really tame. My hunch is that it is real. However, I wouldn't be willing to sit on a tiger's back. My cat is vicious enough, and she's a lot smaller. So assuming that it is real, I wonder what the story behind it is. Maybe you pay a buck and have your picture taken with a tiger, and hope you don't get killed.
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Where I’ve Been
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 12, 2007
Some may have noticed that I haven't been around here much for the past few weeks. (I owe a lot of thanks to Flora for keeping everything running.) I've been busy scribbling away, trying to finish my next book. The deadline when I have to hand in the manuscript to my publisher is, appropriately, April 1. Although the book has nothing to do with hoaxes. The title is now officially, Elephants on Acid -- and other bizarre experiments. This was my original title for the book, but then it was dropped for a while because my publisher worried it would be too cryptic, and might possibly offend elephant lovers. But finally the marketing department at Harcourt decided that Elephants on…
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Quick Links: Cow Intestines, etc.
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 12, 2007
Truck Spills 40 Tons of Cow Intestines The title is self-explanatory. Thanks to Big Gary for forwarding the story. He notes, "Nothing hoax-y about this; just more evidence that civilization is doomed." Woman Fakes Heart Attack To Fight Off Intruder The obvious problem with this tactic is that it relies upon the intruder being decent enough to help you out. What if you fake a heart attack, and the intruder just lets you flop around while he continues to rob your house? Fake Blogging to Become a Crime in UK Businesses that post fake glowing reviews of themselves online will potentially face criminal prosecution…
Quick Links: Chicken Born With Duck Feet, etc.
Posted by Boo on Sun Feb 11, 2007
Chicken Born With Duck Feet A chicken in Columbia has surprised everyone by being born with webbed feet and legs like a duck. Vetinary experts say that the chicken is not a result of cross-species breeding, and is just a genetic mishap. (Thanks, Adam.) Divine Or Delusional? has a gallery of images showing items on which religious icons have allegedly been found. We've covered a few of them here, but some of the images were new to me. I found I could generally make out the figure or face…
Boston Bomb Scare
Posted by Boo on Tue Feb 06, 2007
Blinking boxes placed around Boston caused major disruption after worried passers-by called in bomb scares to the local authorities. Boxes variously described as having blinking lights, looking like circuit boards, and having wires hanging from them, were positioned in ten locations throughout Boston. When the authorities investigated them, they discovered that the devices were a marketing ploy for the adult cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force. A few hours after the reports began about the devices, Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner Inc. and parent of Cartoon Network, sent out a statement to clear up the situation. The packages, which were magnetic…
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