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June 2007
Best of the Forum – 29nd June 07 — Ok, I'm out of here on holiday, so most likely there shan't be forum roundup posts for the next couple of weeks. They'll be picked up when I get back. Alien Abduction Caught On Film In Dickinson, North Dakota (Emidawg) A video has come to light of an alleged alien abduction. Well, when I say ‘come to light’, I mean more that the gentleman involved has sent said film to the director of HBCC UFO Research. Highlights of the video are said to include a ‘spiraling thing’ and ‘entities’…
Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007.   Comments (5)

“REALITY” TV — Yes, I realize that for most of you, explaining that "reality" shows are, shall we say, directed, if not outright scripted is as much of a revelation aas saying the Earth revolves around the Sun, but one doesn't often get a look at the actual casting process behind finding some of the people who appear on a "reality show".
Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007.   Comments (14)

Paris Hilton — Like with the iPhone (story below), I sincerely doubt I have to tell you who Paris Hilton is. I'm not sure, however, any of us could say what exactly it is she does for a living. Well, I've read that she charges Big Bucks to appear at people's parties, but what do you write on your tax forms in the box that says "Occupation" if that's what you do? The "hoax" I'm referring to here, though, is her alleged conversion to--what? Christianity? Zoroastrianism? Scientology? Whatever sect…
Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007.   Comments (16)

iPhone Mania — I'd be shocked if you didn't know what the iPhone is or that it's going to be in stores this Friday, the 29th, at 6 PM local time. Apple's publicity machine has been working overtime to promote what some are calling the "Jesus Phone." The iPhone may be over-hyped, but I wouldn't call it a hoax. The guy who is first in line for one at Apple's flagship NYC store, however, might be classified as a hoaxer. Greg Packer is what you might call a media whore. He's been quoted in the press…
Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007.   Comments (16)


“The Secret” — Yes, it's another questionable literary enterprise. You've probably heard of "The Secret," a self-help book/cultural phenomenon. As with any such thing, it's Oprah-approved. "The Secret" claims to reveal a Secret of the Universe, which is (SPOILER ALERT!) that you can have whatever you want, if you just think about it REALLY HARD. OK, that's a wee bit flip, but that really is the gist of the "secret." Well, you also have to be a good person and you can't wish for bad stuff, but…
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007.   Comments (32)

Elizabeth Albanese — The Press Club of Dallas has been a much-respected institution for years, offering the annual Katie awards to journalists for high quality work. Recently, though, the organisation’s reputation has been dealt a crippling blow, with the news that their recent president, Elizabeth Albanese, has been falsifying the award results for at least the past two years. Albanese became involved with the Katies in 2003, the year she first won prizes, and has been reportedly tampering with the…
Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007.   Comments (19)

JT LeRoy, phantom author (Updated!) — This is a weird one. A book allegedly written by a young man, JT LeRoy, made a sensation recently. JT was a truck stop hooker, got involved with drugs, was possibly transgendered and generally had a pretty screwed-up life. The book was billed as non-fiction, supposedly the true story of JT's life. Naturally, it sold very well. Oprah loved it, the movie director Gus VanSant and other Hollywood types were interested in it. Then the JT LeRoy saga started coming apart. Funny story,…
Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007.   Comments (11)

THE SUBSTITUTE IS HERE! — OK, with Alex on his way to Africa, the substitute teacher is officially in charge. That doesn't mean you can throw spitballs or run in the hallway, though. I'll have some stuff up in a little bit. I'm still figuring out how all this works. Behave.
Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2007.   Comments (12)

Best of the Forum – 22nd June 07 — Flowers growing from a steel pipe (NEO) A Chinese man has found what he believes to be a patch of white flowers growing from a steel pipe in his vegetable garden. Ding has consulted his neighbours, who believe the flowers are the legendary Youtan Poluo flower, which blossoms only once every 3,000 years. “No soil, no water. These flowers can bring me good luck,” he added. Forum members suspect, however, that the 'flowers' are lacewing eggs (see pictures to compare.) Make your bad…
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007.   Comments (7)

Introducing Cranky Media Guy — On Sunday I leave for Africa. I'll be there for three weeks. I'm spending a week in Malawi, where my sister lives, and two weeks in South Africa, where members of my wife's family live. I probably won't have many chances to connect to the internet while I'm there. As it turns out, Flora is also leaving for a vacation in Wales at the same time. Which could mean a sudden absence of Curators at the MoH, and not much blog content being produced. To prevent that I've arranged for a guest…
Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007.   Comments (20)

The Courthouse Light Blob — Last week a security camera at a New Mexico courthouse caught an image of a mysterious blob of light seeming to float around the parking lot. This has already been posted and discussed in the forum. And for those who haven't yet seen the video, here it is: The new news about the blob is that Ben Radford of Skeptical Inquirer magazine visited the courthouse today (Wednesday) in an attempt to shed some light on the mystery. NewMexican.com reports: Radford spent more than an hour…
Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007.   Comments (10)

More Iraqi Urban Legends — I posted an entry back in 2004 about Iraqi urban legends regarding the American troops. Three years later the same urban legends still seem to be going strong over there. And a new article in Stars and Stripes lists some more: U.S. troops eat childrenU.S. servicemembers use poison-tainted bulletsAmericans peek through women’s clothing with X-ray sunglassesAmericans’ berets are dyed with bloodAmericans have a “cold pill” that they take so they do not get too hot in their gear The…
Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007.   Comments (7)

Face of God in Ceiling — Memphis church-goers claim that the face of God has appeared in the ceiling of their church. The story of the image's first appearance is quite dramatic: Pastor Reginald Lowery of Miracle Crusade Bible Church Holiness said it all started one Friday night at his church, located near 6th and Looney. "I was preaching on 'God Knows Where We Are,' and all of a sudden a big bang hit the church," he said. With that, Lowery said, alarms all over the neighborhood started going off, including…
Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007.   Comments (13)

Heir Hunters — I receive a lot of email from people I've never heard of telling me that I've won a lottery, have inherited a small fortune, or have otherwise been selected to receive a large amount of cash. Just this morning, for instance, I found out that I had won the "Irish National Lottery" and that the "Ecobank/United Nations Scam Victims Compensation Fund" had decided to pay me $100,000. The money just keeps pouring in. Typically I delete these emails without a second thought, recognizing them…
Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007.   Comments (23)

Krkonose Mountains Nuked — Sunday morning viewers of a Czech public television channel saw an unexpected sight during the broadcast of the weather. The screen was showing a panning scenic shot of the Krkonose Mountains in Bohemia, as the announcer delivered the weather report. Suddenly a large mushroom cloud appeared in the distance. Luckily the Krkonose Mountains hadn't been nuked. The scene was the work of a Czech art group calling itself ZTOHOVEN. They had managed to hack into one of the station's camera…
Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007.   Comments (4)

Modern Art or Childs Art — A popular genre of art hoax involves a collector being conned into praising (and often buying) a work of art that he believes to have been done by a great artist, but which is later revealed to be the work of an animal or a young child. (See Monkey Art Fools Expert.) An example of this hoax is reported by Keith Allen in his autobiography, Grow Up. The Telegraph reports: The esteemed theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn was left with a face the colour of a blank canvas after being told the…
Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007.   Comments (8)

Leaping Nessie — New video footage claims to show the Loch Ness Monster leaping out of the water. Despite the fact that the footage is obviously fake, there's a bigger problem with the claim that this shows the Loch Ness Monster. Whatever body of water is shown in the clip doesn't look like Loch Ness. Loch Ness is pretty narrow, and you can always see the other side. This footage, on the other hand, looks like it was shot on the coast of the sea. Another theory just occurred to me. Maybe what this…
Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007.   Comments (14)

Snake Head Found in Beans — Here's something to add to my list of Gross Things Found in Food. Philadelphia resident Earl Hartman was sitting down at home to enjoy some green beans and chicken, when he noticed something unusual in his beans. "When I sat down, I noticed something didn’t look right. It didn't look like a green bean," he said. It wasn't a green bean. It was a snake head. This seems to be a legitimate case of something odd that found its way into a can of green beans. Seneca Foods, the company that…
Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007.   Comments (6)

Cologne Pills — Athletic-apparel company Lululemon has recently been advertising what they claim to be the world's first cologne pill. You swallow it and then you sweat cologne. They call it L'Odeur. The tagline for the product is "Swallow the cologne pill. Sweat the fragrance." You can check out the ad here. There's also an accompanying cheesy video on You Tube. Of course, it's a hoax. The cologne-pill ads are actually designed to attract attention to a new real product, Silverescent, which is a…
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007.   Comments (3)

Do you really need to go? — When workers in Eston Town Hall went to the bathroom, they were surprised to find a sign with the following message posted in the lavatories:Think Green. Think Safe. Do you really need to go? Toilets and sinks account for approximately 75% of the water used in workplaces. It is important for all of us to do more to save water, both to protect our world's natural resources and to lower the economic impact of wasteful water usage. Staff members complained that they thought this was…
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007.   Comments (7)

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