The Villejuif Leaflet Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 10, 2014 In 1976, a leaflet began to circulate throughout Europe warning of a number of alleged carcinogens. Highest on the list was citric acid. Millions of people saw and may have believed the leaflet. The false rumor persisted well into the 1980s. The leaflet came to be known as the Villejuif leaflet, because one version of it claimed the information came from Villejuif Hospital. [wikipedia] Categories: Health/Medicine Comments (0) Bigfoot Believers Keep Believing Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 10, 2014 The Yakima Herald reports that Bigfoot believers in Washington State are keeping the faith, despite much discouraging news recently. (Such as that recent Oxford University study of suspected Bigfoot hairs, that found that all the hairs came from racoons, horses, bears, etc.) The believers note that even if all suspected Bigfoot hair samples are found to come from other (known) species, that doesn't mean Bigfoot doesn't exist. It just means that those particular hairs weren't from a Bigfoot. Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (0) Fake Vacation Plagiarism? Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 10, 2014 Turns out there's some controversy surrounding Zilla van den Born's fake vacation (see previous post). Another art student, Merel Brugman, says that Zilla stole the idea from her, because two years ago, while Merel was at the Willem de Kooning Academy, she did an art project that was almost identical. Merel's project was called "Same Same But Different" and also involved simulating a vacation in Asia via photoshopped pictures. There's an article (in Dutch) about the controversy here. And details of Merel Brugman's project are on her site. Categories: Exploration/Travel Comments (0) Zilla’s Fake-ation Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 10, 2014 Zilla van den Born told her friends and family that she was going on a 5-week holiday to Southeast Asia. She waved goodbye to her family at the airport. And then for the next 5 weeks all her Facebook friends got to see photos of Zilla enjoying her awesome vacation. But the reality was that Zilla never left Amsterdam. She remained there in an apartment with her boyfriend, and the two of them spent their time creating fake vacation photos to post on Facebook. Many of the photos were… Categories: Exploration/Travel Comments (1) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 10 Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 10, 2014 September 10, 2009: Seeking Child's Father On this day in 2009, a video appeared on YouTube purportedly created by a Danish woman named Karen who explained that she was trying to locate the father of her child, since she couldn't remember his name. The child, she said, had been conceived in a drunken one-night stand. The video promptly went viral, but then was exposed as a hoax created by the Danish government's tourism agency in order to promote tourism to Denmark. [youtube] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 9 Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2014 September 9, 1991: Doug and Dave, Crop Circle Hoaxers On this day, the British tabloid Today announced that two men from Hampshire, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, had originated the crop circle phenomenon back in 1978 as a prank. Over the years, Today said, the two had continued creating hundreds of circles using nothing more than two wooden boards, a piece of string, and a baseball cap fitted with a loop of wire to help guide them. To prove their claim, the pair created a crop circle in the presence of a Today journalist. [menwhoconnedtheworld] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) No Pumpkin Spice Condoms Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 08, 2014 A picture of a new "pumpkin spice" condom offered by Durex went viral yesterday, accompanied by the tagline "Because safe sex is important, no matter what season it is." Durex has a line of "Taste Me" condoms that come in the flavors banana, strawberry, orange and apple. So a pumpkin spice flavor didn't seem all that ridiculous. But today Durex threw cold water on people's hopes that it might be real. The company tweeted, "We've heard talk that we launched a Pumpkin Spice condom. We can't claim this one, but we do love it when people spice it up in the bedroom." Categories: Sex/Romance Comments (0) Record Shattering Snowfall? Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 08, 2014 Scientists have not predicted a "record-shattering snowfall" this winter. The claim going viral (over 400,000 shares on Facebook) is just more garbage from one of those fake news sites. Debunked by The Vane. Categories: Fake News Comments (0) Fake Quotes About the Future Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 08, 2014 The Paleofuture blog offers a list of 7 Famous Quotes About the Future That Are Actually Fake. For instance, the Commissioner of the US Patent Office, Charles Duell, did not say in 1899 that "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Nor did Bill Gates ever say that 640K computer memory should be enough for anybody. Categories: Future/Time Comments (0) Error when logging in Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 08, 2014 People were reporting that when they tried to log in to the site, they received an error message. Although the login actually did work, despite the message. So I finally had the blog software people look into it, and they fiddled with some things, and it now seems to be working as it should. But if you're a site member, try logging in just to check that it works. If you still get the error message, let me know! Categories: Miscellaneous Comments (3) The Case of the Girl Whose Mother Fed Her Tapeworm Eggs Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 08, 2014 Recently the TV show Untold Stories of the E.R. (which airs on Discovery's 'Fit & Health' channel) presented a dramatized version of a case in which a girl came in with a swollen stomach and complaining of agonising stomach pains. Doctors were only able to figure out what was wrong with her after she went to the bathroom and excreted tapeworms. At which point, her mother admitted that she had given her daughter a pill containing tapeworm eggs in order to help her daughter lose weight before a beauty pageant. After the show aired, this story was widely re-reported, but some sites are now claiming the story is an urban legend being… Categories: Health/Medicine Comments (1) Bigfoot - Erasing the Evidence Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 08, 2014 If there are thousands of Bigfoots wandering around the Pacific Northwest, why aren't more footprints found? Particularly when it snows, their footprints should be all over the place. One answer may be that people have been erasing the prints! Back in 1975, Bigfoot researcher Jean Fitzgerald confessed that her family, who had seen Bigfoot on "numerous occasions," would rub out Bigfoot tracks whenever they came across them, so that a Bigfoot hunter wouldn't stumble upon them. Fitzgerald also crusaded for legislation to protect Sasquatch. Source: The Eureka Times Standard - Nov 20, 1975. Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 8 Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 08, 2014 September 8, 1961: Cassius Clay Trains Underwater The Sep 8, 1961 issue of Life magazine contained a photo feature showing 19-year-old boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) training underwater. Clay had told photographer Flip Schulke that he often trained underwater because the water resistance acted like a weight. He said it was an old trick taught to him by a Louisville trainer. In fact, Clay had never trained underwater before. He couldn't even swim. It was a tall tale he had told to fool the photographer. [Ali Underwater] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) This Day in the History of Hoaxes: September 7 Posted by The Curator on Sun Sep 07, 2014 September 7, 1993: The Diary of Jack the Ripper On this Day in 1993, Warner Books cancelled its planned publication of The Diary of Jack the Ripper, having concluded the diary was a hoax. The diary implicated Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick as Jack the Ripper. However, the handwriting of the diary did not match known samples of Maybrick's handwriting. The provenance of the diary (where it came from) was also extremely murky. It's possible it was a forgery from the 1920s or 30s that was only found in the 1990s. However, debate about the diary still continues. [wikipedia] Categories: This Day in History Comments (0) London’s pranks and hoaxes Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2014 Londonist offers a brief list of some of London's pranks and hoaxes. They don't include any that aren't already listed here. 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