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October 2008
Does Sarah Palin Have A “Dull Normal” IQ? — I'm not a fan of McCain/Palin and I certainly won't be voting for them. With that out of the way, I don't believe that Sarah Palin has an IQ just above "borderline retarded." When I look at her, I'm not seeing Albert Einstein in a skirt but I'm not seeing Forrest Gump either. Go to this link and do a page search for "mrtshw" (without the quotes) to see a posting claiming that the Alaska governor is not all that intelligent: Capitol Hill Blue The posting immediately below that one…
Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2008.   Comments (13)

Can Today’s Audience Be Fooled? — When I read the first paragraph of this story about Orson Welles' Mercury Theater production of War Of The Worlds 70 years ago today, I was a little ticked at the writer. Read it all the way through for the punchline; I won't spoil it for you. Time
Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2008.   Comments (12)

The Moral Of The Story Is… — ...make sure that your fellow passengers don't decide that you aren't wearing pants (even though you are). Salt Lake Tribune
Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008.   Comments (5)

Pray Phone — So, you're walking down the street. Suddenly, you decide you need to pray right then and there. Sure, you COULD just pray silently in your mind, but what fun is that? Enter the Prayer Booth: MDolla It's pretty obviously a modified phone kiosk (not exactly a "booth" really). The website, written in somewhat broken English as you will see, says this is in Florida, but the sixth photo down sure looks like New York, probably Manhattan, to me. Are these a franchise or something? Have…
Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008.   Comments (9)

The Case Of The $54 Million Trousers (NOT a Nancy Drew Mystery) — If you thought that Sarah Palin's (alleged) $150,000 wardrobe was excessive, consider the concept of pants worth $54 million bucks: Washington Post
Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2008.   Comments (4)

“Attack” on McCain Supporter Turns Out To Be Massive BS Story — By now, you've probably heard about Ashley Todd. She's the young McCain campaign volunteer who claimed to have been attacked by a large black man while she was at a Pittsburgh ATM. She told police that the letter "B" scratched on her right cheek was put there by her assailant after he saw the McCain bumper sticker on her car. "I'll make you an Obama supporter," the mugger said. The whole thing started falling apart when the police noted that the "B" was backwards, as if Todd had…
Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2008.   Comments (6)

Non-Christian Pareidolia — Alex has posted a lot of stories about pareidolia (seeing things that aren't objectively there). Most of the pareidolism (word?) one sees in America is Christian-related. People tend to see Jesus and/or his Mom all over the place. In the interest of providing equal time to religious hallucinations of a non-Christian nature, I present: Pareidolia Ganesha
Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2008.   Comments (9)

Who WOULDN’T confuse a couch with a Hershey bar? — A company named Art Van Furniture is asking its customers which of ten proposed designs it should use for its delivery trucks. One of them shows a couch emerging from what looks like a big candy bar's wrapper. Cute and harmless, no? Not according to Hershey. They're filing a lawsuit against Art Van, claiming that the design is likely to cause confusion in the marketplace. Like people are going to think that Art Van's couches are made out of chocolate? When people talk about…
Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008.   Comments (14)

ANOTHER (*YAWN*) VIRAL VIDEO? — I like the concept of viral videos, but there's been so many of them of lately, mostly from companies looking for a "big bang" with little cash outlay, that I think the genre is getting stale very quickly. Here's the latest one making the rounds, along with some reporter's observations about it: Viral Wedding Video I live on the Edge of Nowhere on the Oregon coast where we can't get high-speed Internet access, so I haven't watched the whole thing, but I did see a clip of it on one of…
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008.   Comments (20)

THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER IS IN DA HOUSE! — OK, I heard back from Alex, who is now in Germany. My log-in is working now (obviously) so it's Go Time! When I couldn't log in as the Subby, I said in a comment that as soon as I could be here in my "official" capacity, I would make a confession. Here goes. Earlier this year, when Hillary Clinton was still in the race for the White House, I got a crazy idea for a hoax so I went with it. As "retired dot com entrepreneur Bob Porter," I spread the word that I wanted to pay the…
Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008.   Comments (15)

I’m off to Germany! — I've barely been able to post anything in the past week. Why? I'm blaming it on my decision to remodel the hallway bathroom in my house... and do all the work myself (because I can't afford to hire a contractor). New drywall, plumbing, electrical wiring, tile floor. I did it all. Problem was, I really wanted to get the bulk of it done before I go on vacation to Germany, which I do today. My flight leaves in about four hours. So that meant I've been scrambling to get it done for the past…
Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008.   Comments (12)

New Cardiff Giant Book — It's probably not going to be received by the book-buying public with as much enthusiasm as the latest John Grisham thriller, but this is the kind of book that gets me excited. It's a new (and what looks to be very well researched) history of the Cardiff Giant hoax titled A Colossal Hoax: The Giant From Cardiff That Fooled America by Scott Tribble. It's due out at the end of November. A bit pricey, but that's often the case with non-mass-market books. From its blurb: In October 1869,…
Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008.   Comments (3)

Satirical Candidates — I just finished writing a list of the Top 20 Satirical Candidates of All Time, which I've now added to the site. It seemed an appropriate time for it. I chose "Nobody" as the #1 satirical candidate. I thought it was an obvious choice. After all, how can Anyone top Nobody? But also on the list are the foot powder that won an election, Pat Paulsen, Stephen Colbert, Vermin Supreme, etc. What the list doesn't cover is mock political parties. The focus is entirely on candidates.
Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008.   Comments (19)

A Year Without Lying — Cathal Morrow is embarking on an experiment to live for a year without lying. When he's done, he'll report the results in a book to be titled The Complete Kant. (The title refers to Immanuel Kant, who said that lying is always morally wrong.) Morrow doesn't seem to have a publisher yet for the book, though according to the Guardian, he does have a private equity company financing him for the year in exchange for half the profits of the book. (The book better be a bestseller if they…
Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008.   Comments (42)

Piper Palin gives one-finger salute — A picture (top) has been doing the rounds showing Piper Palin, Gov. Palin's six-year-old daughter, apparently giving a boy the finger. Yes, it's a hoax. In the original (bottom), which can be found on the Alaska state website, it's clear that Piper has two fingers raised.
Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2008.   Comments (84)

Iranian Interior Minister Admits Fake Degree — Iranian Interior Minister Ali Kordan has announced that he is shocked, shocked to learn that his honorary degree from Oxford University is fake. The dodgy circumstances by which he obtained it eight years ago (via "an agency in Tehran for English-language affairs that represents Oxford University") never raised any red flags with him. Nor did any of the spelling and grammatical mistakes in the document (misplaced commas, the word "entitle" is misspelled, etc.) Kordan is, appropriately,…
Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008.   Comments (9)

The Museum of Fakes — The BBC reports that a 60-year-old Korean man has been arrested for running "a private museum stuffed with fakes." He bought cheap artifacts from flea markets and then displayed them as ancient treasures. He claimed one of his fakes was a "Koryo Dynasty celadon." All in all, he managed to earn $443,000 from this scam through ticket sales. Two things occur to me: 1) So people are assuming that most museums aren't full of fakes? The dirty little secret of the worlds of art and…
Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008.   Comments (16)

Pareidolia Roundup: September 2008 — Coffee Stain Christ Four years ago Sam Marinos had a cup of coffee with his wife. When he was done he turned the cup upside down to allow the grounds to run down the side of the cup -- which is some kind of tradition in his family. He was then "stunned" to see that the grounds had formed what looked to him like the face of Jesus. He's now considering selling the Jesus cup on eBay. Drywall Jesus Omar Craddock was doing some work in a client's kitchen when he spotted the image of a face…
Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008.   Comments (29)

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