The Voynich Manuscript Solved? Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 17, 2003 Computer Scientist Gordon Rugg may have proven that the mysterious Voynich Manuscript (the famously untranslatable medieval book full of pictures of naked women) is a hoax. He theorizes that it was created by a sixteenth-century Englishman named Edward Kelley in order to con Emperor Rudolph II. Kelley could have created the book by using an encryption device called a Cardan Grille. Voynich scholars are still undecided about Rugg's theory, but whether or not Rugg is right, it should now just be a matter of time before he lapses into insanity, as many other scholars who have spent too long obsessing about the Voynich Manuscript have done. Categories: Literature/Language Comments (14) Garden Gnomes Under Threat Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 17, 2003 Residents of Derbyshire (in the north Midlands of England) have received official-looking letters threatening them with criminal prosecution if they don't remove all gnomes from their gardens. The presence of the gnomes supposedly runs afoul of government planning regulations. Real officials warn that the letters are a hoax. Categories: Gnomes Comments (0) Saddam Claus Posted by The Curator on Sun Dec 14, 2003 John Walkenbach has a great photoshop on his weblog (J-Walk): the disguise Saddam Hussein was wearing when he was captured. Categories: Military Comments (1) Columbine Paintball Posted by The Curator on Sun Dec 14, 2003 Here's a site that's in incredibly bad taste, but it is DEFINITELY a hoax. It's Columbine Paintball. It purports to be a paintball arena in Cheyenne, Wyoming that allows you to play a paintball game inside a recreation of the Columbine high school. As I said, it's a hoax. Categories: Hate Crimes/Terror, Websites Comments (7) Manned Flight is a Hoax Posted by The Curator on Fri Dec 12, 2003 According to the members of the Man Will Never Fly Society, the official account of the Wright Brothers' 1903 first flight, the anniversary of which is coming up on Dec. 17th, is all a hoax. They contend that the plane never flew... and all subsequent manned flights are a hoax also. Never mind that the majority of the members of this society are pilots. Every year they meet and have a boozy celebration to commemmorate the Wright Brothers' non-flight. In fact, alcohol seems to be the main focus of their meetings, because the more they drink the more confident they become in the truth of their position. So it… Categories: Conspiracy Theories, History Comments (0) Death by Lizards Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 11, 2003 I'm not sure whether or not this is a hoax, but it's definitely strange. Back in 1910 a young woman died in Akron, Ohio and the local doctor reported that the cause of her death was lizards living in her stomach. Common sense would say that this couldn't have been the case. Lizards couldn't survive for an extended period in the acid of a person's stomach. So did the doctor really believe lizards were the cause of the woman's death, or was he purposefully trying to make an outrageous claim? I don't know. Categories: Death, Health/Medicine Comments (0) LordCo Centre Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 11, 2003 The religiously inclined can find shops tailored to their needs over at the LordCo Centre Mall. Book a cruise on Noah Cruise Lines, or have all your financial needs taken care of at MeccaBank. (Warning: the site automatically plays obnoxious music). Categories: Religion, Websites Comments (1) The Pizza Delivery Prank Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 09, 2003 Back in college I dated a girl who once ordered a stack of pizzas to my room as a practical joke. I can't really remember what I did when the pizza delivery guy showed up at my door, but I think that I just told him I hadn't ordered the pizzas, and he went away. But that's not what happened when this pizza guy was told he had the wrong address. Categories: Pranks Comments (0) Bad Santa Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 09, 2003 I saw the movie Bad Santa last week and loved it. Now here's a case of a real-life bad santa who's scamming businesses in Mississippi by pretending to be collecting money for charity. Categories: Con Artists, Identity/Imposters Comments (0) 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.' Categories: Animals Comments (0) New Stealth Bomber Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 09, 2003 Here it is. The first unclassified photo of the new F-22 Stealth Fighter Bomber. Invisible not only to radar but also to the human eye. (Thanks to Darren McEwen for the picture). Categories: Military, Photos/Videos Comments (2) Nigerian Navy Recruitment Scam Posted by The Curator on Mon Dec 08, 2003 Just when we had all gotten used to those Nigerian email scams that fill up our inboxes every day, the Nigerian criminal class has gone back to the drawing board and come up with an entirely new way to con people out of money: it's the Nigerian Navy Recruitment Scam. Nigerian fraud artists are circulating fake documents that appear to be recruitment forms for the Nigerian Navy. I'm at a loss to see how exactly they make money out of this, but I'm sure they have a way. Meanwhile, the real Nigerian navy has announced that it will begin circulating real recruitment forms sometime this month. Categories: Con Artists, Email Hoaxes, Military Comments (47) Fame Posted by The Curator on Mon Dec 08, 2003 I'm famous! Catherine Tapia wrote a piece about me for a local publication named San Diego City Beat. She pegs me as a "compulsive collector of weird information and web-surfing addict," which is exactly right. Categories: Miscellaneous Comments (0) Fake Cop Posted by The Curator on Mon Dec 08, 2003 If you're going to drive around in a car pretending to be a cop, for God's sake don't pull over a real cop. Categories: Law/Police/Crime Comments (0) Plastic Turkeys and Ploughman Lunches Posted by The Curator on Sun Dec 07, 2003 The Guardian has an editorial piece about Bush's recent Turkey-gate scandal (the photo-op in Iraq with the inedible turkey). But Mark Lawson, the author of the article, points out that the bread-and-cheese pub food known as a ploughman's lunch is also a bit of a fake. Ploughman's lunches "claimed to link yuppies in pubs to their ancestors who toiled on the soil" but the seemingly traditional lunch was actually "an invention of the contemporary advertising and catering trades." I've enjoyed quite a few ploughman's lunches, and I never knew that. Categories: Food Comments (1) Page 265 of 302 pages ‹ First < 263 264 265 266 267 > Last › Member Login/Password? Forum Posts 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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