The Birth of Rugby Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 14, 2003 According to legend, the sport of Rugby was born in 1823 when a schoolboy at Rugby School named William Webb Ellis picked up the ball during a football game and started running with it. But according to an interesting piece in the 'Questions Answered' section of the London Times, this legend is probably a hoax. Unfortunately I can't link to the piece, so I've cut and pasted the relevant paragraph: There is very little evidence to support the assertion that William Webb Ellis was the first person to pick up the ball and run with it. In 1876 Martin Bloxam, who had left Rugby in 1820, wrote an account for the school magazine based on hearsay. This was immediately… Categories: Sports Comments (0) Not our governor, he just looks like him Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 14, 2003 Meet Lyndall Grant, professional Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator. According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch, this guy earns almost $1000 a pop to imitate the Governator at corporate events and parties. Sometimes he does two events a night. When he's not imitating Ah-nold, he works as a landscape designer. Categories: Politics Comments (0) Bigfoot Movie Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 13, 2003 The actor Judge Reinhold is set to produce a movie based on the life of Ray Wallace, the man whose prank led to the name 'Bigfoot' being coined. Of course, i still haven't seen Shattered Glass, the movie based on the career of media hoaxer Stephen Glass. I want to, but it doesn't appear to be playing in San Diego. Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (0) Condom in the Clam Chowder Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 13, 2003 This woman claims that she was happily eating her clam chowder at a restaurant in Irvine, CA when to her horror she discovered a condom floating in it. Actually, she discovered the condom by biting down on it. Incessant vomiting followed. The restaurant, meanwhile, is denying any responsibility, so the woman has filed a lawsuit, which will commence Jan. 12, 2004. It seems obvious that someone is lying here, but it's basically the woman's word against the word of the restaurant managers. Categories: Food Comments (0) Fake Lawyer Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 13, 2003 Here's a pretty outrageous con. A convicted drug dealer has been caught posing as a lawyer and operating a Central Florida law firm while still in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Evidently he only has to spend the night in jail, but every morning he wakes up, hops into his Mercedes, and drives off to his day job as a fake lawyer, from which he's been raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars. I wonder if he'll act as his own lawyer at his trial. Categories: Con Artists, Identity/Imposters Comments (0) Piltdown Man on TV Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 13, 2003 Andrew Nixon sends word of a tv program that British hoax enthusiasts might want to watch. It's BBC2's special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the exposure of the Piltdown Man. It'll be titled "Britain's Greatest Hoax," airing Friday 21st November at 9pm. Categories: Science Comments (0) Cheating Scum Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 13, 2003 Cheating Scum was a hoax website purporting to offer a forum in which people could expose 'cheating scum' boyfriends, girlfriends, wives, husbands, etc. It only existed for a little while, but Kirun sends word that a mirrored version of it is still online. Categories: Sex/Romance Comments (1) Hi-Brazil Posted by The Curator on Wed Nov 12, 2003 When I was writing up the book version of The Museum of Hoaxes, there were quite a few hoaxes that, for one reason or another, I had to leave out. I went so far as to write up descriptions of many hoaxes that I later had to cut from the book, in order to keep the book's length manageable. All these discarded hoaxes have been sitting on my hard drive for over a year now, but I've decided to put them all up here on the website. I should have done it sooner, but laziness got in the way. So over the next few weeks I'll be adding these hoaxes to the site. For the first hoax I'm going… Categories: Exploration/Travel, History Comments (0) Real Sheep Posted by The Curator on Wed Nov 12, 2003 Here's an odd site, sent along to me by Chris, whom I met while I was attending the Hoaxes conference in New Mexico. It's the Real Sheep site, selling the world's finest elastic, life-size love mutton (the site is safe for work). As Chris points out, Real Sheep appears to be a parody of RealDoll.com (not safe for work) which sells the world's finest love dolls. Categories: Sex/Romance Comments (0) Gas Be Gone Posted by The Curator on Wed Nov 12, 2003 Dan wonders if these 'Gas Be Gone' flatulence filter seat cushions are real or a joke. I've never actually seen one of these, but I've been aware of them for quite a while, and I think they're real. But the maker of them does appear to acknowledge the humor inherent in a flatulence filter. Categories: Health/Medicine Comments (1) Mental Floss and Talk of the Nation Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 10, 2003 Check out this month's issue of Mental Floss (you can find it at bookstores like Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc.). The cover article is 'History's Greatest Hoaxes Exposed," and it was written by... guess who! That's right. Me. And while I'm tooting my own horn, I might as well mention that you can also listen to the audio broadcast online of NPR's recent Talk of the Nation segment (from October 30, 2003) that featured me, yakking away about hoaxes. Categories: Miscellaneous Comments (1) New Hoax Photo Tests Posted by The Curator on Sat Nov 08, 2003 I just uploaded two new levels to the Hoax Photo Test: Levels Three, and Four. Enjoy. Categories: Miscellaneous Comments (0) Nigerian Email Conference Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 06, 2003 John Walkenbach points out on his weblog that the Third Annual Nigerian Email Conference begins tomorrow in Abuja. I'm bummed that I can't make it. Categories: Email Hoaxes Comments (1) Ray Charles Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 06, 2003 Categories: Photos/Videos 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! Categories: Animals Comments (10) Page 268 of 302 pages ‹ First < 266 267 268 269 270 > Last › Member Login/Password? Forum Posts The hanging of Mary the elephant— Im calling hoax. 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