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Category: Animals
Why you should not feed your cat table scraps
Posted by The Curator on Wed Feb 18, 2004
I don't know what it is about oversized domestic cats that's so endlessly fascinating, but I've got to admit that, as the owner of a rather corpulent kitty, I'm just as intrigued by this subject as everyone else seems to be. So anyway, first there was Snowball. Then along came Munchkin. And now the latest tubby tabby to do the email rounds is Scrappy, the Super-Sized Cat. This email comes with the subject line: Why you shouldn't feed your cat table scraps. I don't know if it's real or not, but at the risk of putting my reputation as a hoax expert on the line, it kind of…
Categories: Animals, Photos/Videos Comments (32)
Mountain Lion Email Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Fri Feb 06, 2004
Quite a few people have received this picture in their email showing a man holding up a giant (dead) mountain lion. According to the accompanying text, the lion was shot by the man near Leon, Kansas while he was out deer hunting, though different versions of the email list different locations. Is the picture real? It is. But the accompanying text is incorrect. According to this article on Buckmasters.com, the lion was actually shot near Seattle, Washington. The picture first appeared in Fair Chase magazine, published by the Boone and Crockett Club, before it spread to email.
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Winston Churchill’s Parrot
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 20, 2004
Newspapers are reporting the story of Charlie, a parrot that is 104 years old, once belonged to Winston Churchill, and still swears at the Nazis. When I read about Charlie, I figured it couldn't be true. First of all, could a parrot really live that long? Well, apparently in rare cases they can. So that part of the story might be true. But there is a lot of doubt about whether Charlie ever belonged to Churchill. Churchill's family is denying that Winston ever owned a parrot. Charlie might simply be a parrot that somebody once taught to swear at the Nazis. Oh, and Charlie is a girl.
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Real Dog
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 12, 2004
Why own a living, breathing dog that you have to feed every day, when you can own a RealDog instead?
Categories: Animals, Websites Comments (2)
Haggis Hunt
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 12, 2004
Here's an interesting hoax website, courtesy of Anson Kennedy. It's haggishunt.com, which punctures the common misconception that a haggis is a sheep's stomach stuffed with meat and oatmeal. In reality (according to this site) a haggis is an extremely rare animal hunted by the Scottish. The site offers many educational haggis facts, such as that the sound the haggis is most sensitive to is plaid rubbing on underpants (I never knew!). And definitely check out the Haggis Cam.
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Bum-Breathing Turtles
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 09, 2003
I received an email from Tammy who had an important question for me. "Is it true a turtle can breath out of his butt?" she wants to know. Dear Tammy, yes this is true. At least, I know it's true that some species of turtle, such as the Fitzroy River Turtle, can perform this amazing trick, but I wouldn't stick my neck out to say that every species of turtle can. Those turtles which can are known scientifically as 'bum-breathing turtles.'
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Sea Urchins Live Forever
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 24, 2003
One of the questions in my gullibility test is whether turtles ever die of old age. The answer is that they don't, and here's a BBC article about another species that shares this trait: the sea urchin. Apparently, unless urchins are killed off by predators or diseasey, they'll live forever.
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The Great Octopus Mystery
Posted by The Curator on Sun Nov 23, 2003
As a joke, a Peoria woman puts a baby octopus in her boyfriend's toilet. Her boyfriend gets home, finds an octopus in his toilet, and assumes it must have crawled there from out of the sewer. He calls the local paper and the city is soon caught up in the 'Great Octopus Mystery' until the girlfriend calls up and sheepishly confesses.
Categories: Animals, Pranks Comments (1)
British Giant Rabbits
Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 06, 2003
A visitor named Patricia wrote to ask whether British Giant Rabbits are real, or whether this site devoted to them is just a joke. They're real, Patricia. And very cute!
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Marry Your Pet
Posted by The Curator on Sun Oct 19, 2003
Do you really, really love your pet? Then why not marry him or her? Go to MarryYourPet.com, and you can make it happen. Of course, the marriage isn't recognized by a court of law, which makes it somewhat of a hoax, but they really will sell you a marriage certificate, an 'I married my pet' T-shirt, or a wall plaque. They're all incredibly overpriced. If they offered the certificate for $5 instead of $20, they probably would do more business. They're trying to sell the wall plaque for $200. Ouch! Who in their right mind would shell out that much for a gag gift?
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Primate Programming
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 30, 2003
From the company's website: "Primate Programming Inc. is dedicated to the advancement and gainful employment of non-human great apes within the United States information technology sector."
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Burmese Mountain Dogs
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 24, 2003
Burmese Mountain Dog: A page (also from the creators of the Mankato, Minnesota page) with some info about a rare breed of dog known as the Burmese Mountain Dog. You can examine this a long time and potentially not realize the joke, which is that the actual breed is the Bernese Mountain Dog (it comes from Berne, Switzerland). I guess a lot of people say Burmese instead of Bernese.
Categories: Animals, Websites Comments (18)
Lake Michigan Whale Watching
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 21, 2003
Lake Michigan Whale Watching: One of the best guarded secrets of the Great Lakes
Real Hamster
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 21, 2003
Real Hamster: Hot hamster sex. Maybe not safe for work.
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The Penguin Conspiracy
Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 21, 2003
The Penguin Conspiracy: Revealing the shocking truth... that penguins are plotting to take over the world
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