What Sasquatch Sounds Like Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2014 This recording of an apparent Sasquatch vocalization was made recently by a member of the British Columbia Sasquatch Organization at an "undisclosed location." Honestly, I didn't think that Sasquatch would have such a high-pitched cry. Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (3) Seeking Yeti Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2014 Sir David Attenborough is feeling the lure of the yeti. He says he wouldn't mind searching for it as his next project. If he does take off after it, I definitely hope he finds it. Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (1) Naan Pareidolia Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2014 A family resemblance spotted by Anthony Nelson while dining at Akbah's curry house in Middlesbrough. [metro.co.uk] Categories: Pareidolia Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 6 Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2014 September 6, 1994: The End of the World? In his book 1994? (published in 1992), preacher Harold Camping predicted that there was a strong likelihood that the Second Coming of Christ would occur on September 6, 1994. When that didn't happen, Camping conceded he may have made a mathematical error in his calculations. Over the following years, he revised his prophecy multiple times until he finally arrived at the date of May 21, 2011, which turned out to be wrong also. [rationalwiki] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 5 Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 05, 2014 September 5, 1896: Sympsychography The September 1896 issue of The Popular Science Monthly contained an article by David Starr Jordan, president of Stanford University, about the invention of a form of mental photography called Sympsychography. The process allowed people to create an image on a photographic plate merely by concentrating their minds on what they would like to appear. Jordan intended it as a joke, and it was identified as such the next day in the Chicago Tribune. Nevertheless, many other papers took it seriously. More… Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) Selfie With a Shark Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 04, 2014 Reddit Pics managed to debunk this selfie with a shark photo (titled "At the time, I had no idea I wasn't swimming alone") pretty quickly. Redditor "BigAndDelicious" figured out that the shark in the background was actually cut-and-pasted from an image photographed by Gerard Soury in South Australia. Categories: Photos/Videos Comments (0) No, the EU is not banning kettles Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 04, 2014 The headline of today's Daily Express warned that the EU may ban kettles. Which sounds like something that would strike right at the heart of British culture. The reality, however, (as pointed out by fullfact.org) is a bit less sensational. An EU commission is investigating the energy consumption of kettles and may, in the future, suggest regulations that would make kettles more energy efficient and improve their impact on the environment. "Euromyths" (i.e. misleading stories about regulations supposedly dreamed up by overzealous EU bureaucrats) are very popular with the British tabloid press. Some fake Euromyths circulated in the past include that the EU was reclassifying kilts… Categories: Journalism, Politics Comments (1) Jesus or Devil Moth? Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 04, 2014 This moth was spotted by Yvonne Esquilin of Texas. She said that at first she was just amazed by the size of the moth. It didn't dawn on her until after she took the picture that she could see an image of Jesus in the pattern on its wings. However, others have pointed out to her that the pattern also looks a bit like a devil, which she thinks is "kind of creepy." [kxan] Categories: Pareidolia Comments (0) Was artificial banana flavor based on the Gros Michel banana? Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 04, 2014 Artificial banana flavor doesn't taste much like actual bananas. It's sweeter and more pungent. And there's a legend about why this is so. The story goes that the difference in flavors came about because the artificial flavor was developed from an old variety of bananas called the Gros Michel. However, the Gros Michel succumbed to a fungus and ceased to be commercially produced. It was replaced by the Cavendish, which had a slightly different flavor. And so the artificial flavoring tasted like the original bananas, but not the ones we eat now. Is there any truth to this legend? Chris Baraniuk did some research for the BBC, but he couldn't find any scientific source… Categories: Food Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 4 Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 04, 2014 September 4, 1967: The Great British UFO Invasion The discovery of six saucer-shaped objects giving off "bleep-bleep" signals caused panic in southern England. There was real fear of a UFO invasion, although the Ministry of Defense also suspected the mysterious saucers might be some kind of Soviet weapon. But at the end of the day, two trainee aircraft engineers confessed the saucers were their creation. They explained, "We believe that flying saucers could land one day, so we landed our own to give the authorities some practice." [Daily Mail] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 3 Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 03, 2014 September 3, 1934: Paul Klenovsky Exposed For five years, British conductor Sir Henry Wood had attributed an orchestration of Bach's Organ Toccata and Fugue in D minor to an otherwise unknown young Russian man named Paul Klenovsky. The orchestration was highly praised. But finally, on this day, Wood admitted he himself was Klenovsky. He perpetrated the ruse, he said, to demonstrate the lavish praise bestowed by critics on anyone with a high-sounding foreign name. "Klen" was the Russian word for a maple tree (i.e. a type of wood). Categories: This Day in History Comments (1) Ginger Discount Card Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 02, 2014 Richard Macrae of Aberdeen claims that he's earned more than €250 in discounts by showing stores his "Ginger Discount Card." He just shows it to cashiers and ask if they offer a ginger discount. [newstalk.ie] Categories: Pranks Comments (1) Walmart will not run Williston PD Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 02, 2014 No, the police department of Williston, Florida is not being replaced by a privatized force "trained, managed, and wholly operated by Walmart." Confusion about this arose because fake-news site National Report posted a story claiming it was. The Williston PD eventually posted an announcement on its Facebook page, denying there was any truth to the report. The Williston PD's Communications Director, Sgt. James Bond, told a local news station that he had no idea why National Report chose Williston for their story. And yes, the Sergeant's name really is James Bond. Categories: Journalism Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 2 Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 02, 2014 September 2, 2002: Simonya Popova Sports Illustrated ran an article about Simonya Popova, a 17-year-old rising tennis star from Uzbekistan. The magazine said that the Women's Tennis Association was eagerly anticipating her rise to stardom because she was "strikingly attractive" and could bring some ratings-boosting sex appeal into the league. However, Simonya Popova didn't exist. She was the fictional creation of writer Jon Wertheim. The WTA denounced the article, saying it was shocked by the suggestion that the physical attractiveness of female players had anything to do with the popularity of women's tennis. [BBC Sport] Categories: This Day in History Comments (1) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 1 Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 01, 2014 September 1, 1972: Frank Searle's Nessie Photo On this day in 1972, the Daily Mail ran a photo of the Loch Ness Monster taken by Frank Searle, thereby giving him instant fame as a monster hunter. But ultimately he became known as the most prolific producer of Nessie hoaxes. He initially took photos of floating logs, which he claimed to be Nessie, but progressed to cutting-and-pasting drawings of dinosaurs into Loch Ness scenes, at which point even the most die-hard Nessie believers stopped taking him seriously. Searle was the inspiration for the monster-hunter character in the 1995 film Loch Ness starring Ted Danson. [Cryptomundo] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) Page 5 of 303 pages ‹ First < 3 4 5 6 7 > Last › Member Login/Password? Forum Posts Bubble idiot needed rescuing off Florida coast.— We are baaaahaaaack— Paris Hilton is a Time Traveler!— The hanging of Mary the elephant— Im calling hoax. Woman gets third boob— Researchers claim evidence of Russian Bigfoot— Jack the Ripper named. 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