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Blue Peter Socksgate Scandal — For the second time in six months, the hosts of Blue Peter have had to apologize for deceiving their viewers. For Americans who don't know what Blue Peter is, it's a British children's show featuring always peppy presenters. It's been on the air for decades, and is like a TV institution over in Britain. I remember watching it as a kid when my family lived in London. The latest incident involves a cat named Cookie. The show had asked their viewers to vote on what to name the next Blue…
Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2007.   Comments (3)

Man vs. Wild vs. Hotel Room — I know it should come as no surprise to learn that a reality TV show has been faked, but it still kind of sucks to hear this about Born Survivor (aired in America on the Discovery Channel as Man vs. Wild), since I've watched quite a few episodes of this show and enjoyed it. The premise of the show is that Bear Grylls, a former soldier with the UK Special Forces, is dropped into various extreme situations (on top of a mountain, on a desert island, etc.) and has to survive on his own…
Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2007.   Comments (25)

“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)

Best of the Forum – 8th June 07 — Man blames health drink for unwanted erection (Bebelicious) New Yorker Christopher Woods underwent surgery in 2004 for severe priapism – an erection that would not subside. Now he’s suing pharmaceutical company Novartis AG, claiming that their nutritional drink, Boost Plus, was the cause of his condition. Can’t remember the name of a song? Try tapping it on your keyboard! (DJ_Canada) This programme allows you to tap the melody of a song using your space bar to try to identify it.…
Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2007.   Comments (10)


Flip This House Fake — My wife is a big fan of all the home-design shows that are on TV, so I end up watching a lot of them also, including "Flip This House" on A&E. The show follows people who buy homes, remodel them, and then try to sell them for a higher price. It can be entertaining, but I wasn't surprised to read that at least one of the house flippers featured on the show, Atlanta businessman Sam Leccima, was a fake: McGee and others say Leccima's episodes of Flip This House, A&E's most popular show,…
Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2007.   Comments (4)

Best of the Forum – 1st June 07 — Botched Fax Prompts “Terrorism” Scare (MadCarlotta) Police shut down a strip mall in Boston on Wednesday after a branch of Bank of America received a faulty fax. The fax, which had been sent out by the bank's corporate office, had left off some of the text, leaving some dubious clip art. The plaza was evacuated for around three hours. Roswell Theme Park (Madmouse) Roswell city officials plan a UFO-themed amusement park that could open as early as 2010. Local shopkeepers base a large…
Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2007.   Comments (9)

Pop Band For Sale — A Swedish pop band called Rednex is up for sale on eBay for $1.5 million. An accompanying website, popbandforsale.com, details what you get when you buy the band: The Music - the Trademark - the Band The Tour - the Record Deals - the Web Site The Record Releases - the Plans - the Contacts The Contracts - the Styling - the Catalogue (all previous hits and recordings) And of course… ... the opportunities… ... the future... At first I wondered whether this was even a real band, never…
Posted: Tue May 22, 2007.   Comments (7)

Colour-Changing Card Trick — This trick is quite an interesting little demonstration of misdirection. I shan't say more, so as to not give it away, but keep your eyes peeled - there is more to this than just one trick. (Thanks, Nettie and David B.)
Posted: Thu May 10, 2007.   Comments (17)

Quick Links: Save Boston, etc. — Save Boston A little game based on the Boston bomb scare. Children’s TV Presenter Accused of Obscenity in Sign Language Mr Tumble, a presenter on the children's BBC programme Something Special has been greeting the viewers with controversial signing. The BBC claim that the misunderstanding was due to their use of Makaton sign language, as opposed to British sign language. (Thanks, Madmouse.) Man Banned From Pub for Farting Since Scotland's smoking ban came into force, an Edinburgh…
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2007.   Comments (3)

Bruce Lee Theme Park Patrolled by Mannequin Robots — There's word of a Bruce Lee theme park being built in China. Nothing particularly weird about that, and no reason not to believe it's true. Here's the weird part: According to local reports, the park will be patrolled by Bruce Lee “mannequin robots”, radio-controlled from within a giant statue of the late star. Also, there's going to be a rollercoaster "that emits the martial arts actor’s signature grunts and screams on high-speed bends." Sounds kind of cool. I'm guessing that the part…
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2006.   Comments (9)

Quick Links: Giant Pawprints Puzzle Couple, etc. — Giant Pawprints Puzzle Couple Mr and Mrs May, of Ipswich, are mystified by a set of large pawprints, seemingly of an animal with claws or toes, which have appeared in their garden. Maybe it's Bernard. Drivers Buy Fake Emblems Increasing numbers of car owners are going to dealers, or to eBay, to buy emblems to make their cars look like more expensive versions. Fake Breastfeeding Picture of ABC Anchor Elizabeth Vargas was disappointed that the magazine Marie Claire photoshopped her…
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006.   Comments (8)

Cardiff Giant: The Musical — The Des Moines Register reports that a new musical about the Cardiff Giant hoax has debuted in Iowa:It's an unlikely recipe for a musical: an odd 19th-century hoax set to the music of Iowa composer Karl King. But a group of creative minds in Fort Dodge, led by Deann Haden-Luke, managed to pull it together with a financial boost from the Iowa Arts Council. "Cardiff," presented by Comedia Musica Players, premieres tonight in Fort Dodge and plays through Sunday. I usually think of the…
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006.   Comments (6)

Quick Links: Man Dives 50 Feet for 20 Dollars, etc. — Man Dives 50 Feet for 20 Dollars $20 blew out of Mark Giorgio's hand when he was crossing a bridge. So he followed it. Prisoners Train as Crocodile Handlers Five prisoners from Darwin Correction Centre in Northern Australia are currently involved in an 11-week rehabilitation pilot scheme. Mosquito Dance Track The Mosquito anti-teenager device has theoretically already been used as a ring tone. Now it's being made into a dance track - 'Buzzin' - which mixes two tracks, one normal, and…
Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2006.   Comments (8)

Quick Links: Itsy Bitsy Imposter, etc. — Itsy Bitsy Imposter Paul Vance, co-writer of the song 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' was slightly startled to read his own obituary - the result of an imposter. Robot Art Goes On Display A Portugese artist has devised a robot that creates its own paintings. Teddy Bear Causes 2,500 Trout Deaths A teddy bear that fell into a pool at a Fish and Game Department hatchery earlier this month clogged a drain, and suffocated a large number of trout in New Hampshire. A written…
Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006.   Comments (15)

Quick Links: Pregnant Man, etc. — Beijing Fake Smile Campaign Beijing residents are being urged to practice their best fake smiles, in preparation for the 2008 Olympics: "We hope Beijing residents will join in the smile campaign to turn the city into a city of smile," Liu Jian, one of the committee members, was quoted as saying on Monday. What happens to those who refuse to smile? Clown Crushed To Death, Audience Applauds No reason to doubt this story isn't true, but it does seem like a real-life version of the Hippo…
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006.   Comments (17)

Quick Links: Stupid Criminals, etc. — Do you want to be a gigolo? Malaysian men promised that, for a fee, they can become well-paid gigolos. It's the old dream job scam. One sucker "was told to meet a client at a city hotel. He waited for hours until he spotted a Western women who seemed to be searching for someone. 'I thought she was my client so I approached her and introduced myself. To my surprise, instead of receiving words of welcome, I got cursed and insulted,' he told the daily." Dumb Robber #1 Forgets to bring bag…
Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006.   Comments (11)

Snakes In A Theater — A story got out on the news wires claiming that a prankster had released two diamondback rattlesnakes in a theater during a showing of Snakes On A Plane. The source of the story appears to have been AMC spokeswoman Melanie Bell, which gave the story some credibility. But now the police are saying that the report isn't true: There is some shred of truth to the story, Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said. A 10-inch-long rattlesnake was found Friday in a hallway at AMC Desert Ridge 18,…
Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006.   Comments (6)

Quick Links: Bonsai Contortionist, etc. — Bonsai Contortionist Hugo Zamoratte is known as 'The Bottle Man' and has the ability to dislocate almost every bone in his body. Playing Astronauts The Haughton Mars Project's research and development of ways to survive in space seem like a dream come true for big kids. Cardboard Office Mike, a keen prankster, pushed his co-workers too far. It was probably a mistake to then take a few days away from the office. Lobster Pinches Wallet A man who lost his wallet during a late-night…
Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006.   Comments (12)

Hanging Munchkin set for Stage Debut — The well-known and much maligned Wizard of Oz urban legend – that of a scene in the film where one can ‘see’ one of the munchkins hanging himself at the back of the set – is the centre theme of a show opening in Dublin this week. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has focused the play, depicting the lives of the actors who portrayed the munchkins, around the premise that the legend is true. The BBC quotes him as saying: "It's a persistent myth - the point about myths is they don't have…
Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006.   Comments (8)

Professional Staredown Contests — Status: Fictional Unflinching Triumph, a recently released movie, explores the little-known subculture of Professional Staredown contests (aka Staring Contests). You can view the movie in its entirety online (free and legal!), or view the trailer at YouTube. If you believe the movie, there really is such a thing as professional staredown contests. This illusion is strengthened by the website of the National Association of Staredown Professionals (NASP) and the website of Staredown…
Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006.   Comments (11)

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