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September 2007
Internet amateur actually had big label deal
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 07, 2007
Marie Digby has been one of YouTube's greatest stars. She started posting videos of herself performing covers of popular songs. Just her sitting in front of the camera, singing away and playing the guitar. Soon her videos were getting millions of page views, and her popularity allowed her to get a track on iTunes. This success endeared her to the internet, who saw her as one of their own. She was a real talent who had succeeded on the strength of her ability alone. She wasn't one of those creations of the recording industry's hype machine. But an article…
Categories: Music Comments (5)
Bullet Proof Baby
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 06, 2007
Bullet Proof Baby is an online store that claims to sell "all sorts of light weight heavily tested military standard body armor for babys and toddlers." For instance, it offers bullet-proof strollers, bullet-proof cribs, infants 'my first' gas mask, baby bomb blankets, toddler tasers, baby riot helmets, and ultra light kiddie riot shields. Here's the description for the baby flak jacket. Smart multi-role protection for your baby in a style that is duplicated throughout the world. Velcro adjustable shoulders and side closures which allow a smooth comfortable fit…
Water-Skiing Elephant
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 06, 2007
You can find a lot of weird stuff on YouTube, such as this video of a water-skiing elephant. Watching it, I feel kind of sorry for the poor elephant made to do this. The story behind the video is that it was a publicity stunt from 1959 dreamed up by New York PR man Max Rosey in order to promote an amusement park. Rosey was also the man who came up with the idea for an annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island to promote Nathan's hot dogs. I found this video (and the explanation about it) on…
Categories: Advertising, Animals Comments (9)
Detective Poses As Corpse
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 06, 2007
Here's a story about a detective who had to go deep undercover, posing as a corpse in order to catch a man who was vandalizing hearses belonging to a funeral home: The funeral directors contacted the Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership which hired a team of private detectives. They spent five days posing as members of the public and using cameras to stake out the firm. But cars continued to be damaged under their noses so security firm Storewatch decided one of their team had to hide inside a body bag. There the detective could watch a computer displaying live images…
Categories: Death, Law/Police/Crime Comments (2)
New in the Hoaxipedia: Two articles about paintings
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 06, 2007
Elliot's newest contribution in the Hoaxipedia is an entry about the career of the art forger Elmer de Hory. And I also posted an article about something from the world of art: September Morn by Paul Chabas. September Morn shows a young naked girl bathing at the edge of a lake. In the early twentieth century it provoked a huge controversy in America about whether nudity should be allowed in public art. The controversy helped make September Morn one of the most famous (and popular) paintings in the world. The interesting part of the story is that publicist Harry…
Categories: Art Comments (6)
The Worms Inside Your Face
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 06, 2007
Warning:The following video is really gross. Definitely NSWE (not safe while eating). But I made the mistake of watching it, and now I want to know what in the world it could be showing. What happens is that you see a man's face getting scrubbed with a piece of cotton. And then tiny worms begin to ooze out of the man's pores. The most sensible theory to be found in the YouTube comments (which I don't recommend reading) is that the video shows some kind of pseudo-medical treatment (for what, I can't imagine), in which worm eggs are smeared on the man's face with the cotton, and then the worms seem to emerge…
Categories: Gross, Photos/Videos Comments (46)
New From Elliot: Church of the SubGenius
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 05, 2007
In his new article in the hoaxipedia, Elliot gives some background info on the Church of the SubGenius -- the church which may represent a genuine religious movement, or may be just an elaborate joke. The Church of the SubGenius is affiliated with the Universal Life Church, "an organization that has been legally (in some states) offering tax-exempt ministerships to all who apply regardless of religious or non-religious affiliation." Years ago I sent away to become a Universal Life Church minister, but I no longer have any clue where I put the sheet of paper saying I'm a minister. I've sometimes thought about starting my…
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The Difficulty of Debunking
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 05, 2007
The Washington Post has a depressing article about the difficulty of myth-busting. Experiments by Norbert Schwarz at the University of Michigan reveal that a few days after telling people a rumor is false, many of those people will have misremembered what they were told and think the rumor is true. The crux of the problem is that: Denials inherently require repeating the bad information, which may be one reason they can paradoxically reinforce it. Other psychologists have found that hearing the same thing again and again from the same source can actually trick the brain into thinking information is more…
Categories: Psychology Comments (8)
Goat Sacrifice as Airline Maintence
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 05, 2007
If I saw mechanics busy sacrificing some goats as I boarded my plane, it wouldn't exactly set me at ease. Still, mechanics in Nepal seem to think it did the trick. From Reuters: Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday... The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said. "The snag in the plane has now been fixed…
Categories: Animals, Technology Comments (8)
Shoelace Trick
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 05, 2007
Is it a magic trick, or a trick of the camera? I'm not sure. Real or fake ? Réel ou faux ?Uploaded by _006-serie-TS_
Categories: Magic, Photos/Videos Comments (12)
Mayor Bans “I can’t”
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 05, 2007
In an effort to instill a can-do attitutde in his workers, a Russian mayor has "ordered his bureaucrats to stop using expressions such as 'I don't know' and 'I can't.'" Seems like a double-plus ungood policy. How should they respond if asked, "Can you say 'I can't'?" Link: cnews.canoe.ca
Categories: Literature/Language Comments (5)
Vernon, Florida
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 04, 2007
Joe Littrell forwarded me a St. Petersburg Times article, Dismembered Again, about the town of Vernon, Florida. It was so weird that I first I thought it was one of those joke articles, the kind that magazines such as the Phoenix New Times sometimes run. But all the references in it check out, so now I'm pretty sure it's real. Vernon used to be known as Nub City, because the main source of income for town residents was dismembering themselves in order to file insurance claims. People there would come up with all kinds of ingenious ways to lose limbs:
Categories: Body Manipulation, Places Comments (6)
Who’s That Girl?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 03, 2007
Recently someone posted on facebook pictures supposedly recovered from a camera they found while on holiday. The photos showed an attractive young woman posing in various stages of undress. The guy who found the camera wrote: We are trying to track down the lovely lass in these photos so she can be reunited with her lost digital camera. She certainly knows how to use it! Please get invites sent out to all gents in your friends list as if we all work together we can hunt this lass down.…
Categories: Sex/Romance Comments (9)
Tombstone Humor
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 03, 2007
The temperature reached 110 degrees on my patio today. I sat inside the whole day with a fan blowing on me, wishing I had air conditioning, and wondering how anyone could think global warming is a hoax. I also put together a list of tombstone humor, which I posted in the hoaxipedia. My favorite humorous epitaph that I came across, which supposedly can be found on a tombstone in a Maine cemetery (though I have my doubts) is this one: “Tears cannot restore her. Therefore do I weep.” It took me a few seconds to get it.
Categories: Death Comments (18)
More Faces in Trees
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 01, 2007
At least two or three faces seen in trees seem to get reported a month, and I faithfully note them here. Here are the latest: Lodi, California: Emily West was doing some meditating over the weekend in her sister's backyard in central Lodi when something caught her eye. "I looked up and saw the face of Christ in the fence and I said, "Whoa," West said. She called her sister Ana over to ask what she saw. She too agreed, it was the Son of God. Cranky Media Guy forwarded me this story with the comment, "If this is the…
Categories: Pareidolia, Religion Comments (16)
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