Tattoos for Kids Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 09, 2003 Here's the latest hoax website making the rounds: Baby Ink, a tattoo parlor for kids. The site claims that any kid over the age of six months is allowed to get a tattoo as long as their parent signs a consent form. But I don't believe that's right. That would be a bit like saying kids are allowed to smoke or drink alcohol as long as their parents consent to it. No, I think you have to be 18 or over to get a tattoo (or is it 16 and over?). The site lists a San Diego location that's quite near to where I live. I think I'll drive by and see what's actually there. Categories: Birth/Babies, Websites Comments (1) Carl Spangler Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 07, 2003 A reporter at the Roswell Daily Record gets fired for printing a quote he claimed to have gotten from a groundskeeper at a local golf course named 'Carl Spangler.' In reality, the quote came from Bill Murray's character in Caddyshack, 'Carl Spackler.' The quote referred to a new type of hybrid grass developed by the groundskeeper that had this amazing feature: "you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on the stuff." Categories: Entertainment Comments (0) Defacers Challenge Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 07, 2003 I haven't yet heard of any websites being defaced as part of today's Defacers' Challenge. Perhaps it was a hoax after all. Categories: Technology Comments (0) Cassius Clay and the Phantom Punch Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 07, 2003 Did Sonny Liston throw fights to Cassius Clay in 1964 and 1965? Many feel that Clay's 1965 victory, in particular, was prearranged, with Liston falling to the mat in the first round following a "phantom punch." Mike Dunn, of EastSideBoxing.com discusses the lingering controversy. Categories: Sports Comments (0) Who is the real Saddam Hussein? Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 07, 2003 An audio broadcast being aired on Al-Jazeera purports to be the voice of Saddam Hussein delivering a message to the Iraqi people. As usual, it has left everyone wondering if it really is Saddam's voice, or just someone impersonating him. This recalls how everyone wondered whether the man in the video broadcast shown during the war was actually Hussein, or one of his doubles. Categories: Military Comments (0) Perpetual Motion Machine Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 06, 2003 Sandeep Acharya has shared with me his blueprints for building a machine that can convert magnetic energy into mechanical energy. He promises that it really works. Check it out for yourself. Categories: Free Energy Comments (0) Happy Birthday, P.T. Barnum! Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 06, 2003 America's greatest showman, Phineas Taylor Barnum, born July 5, 1810, celebrates his 193rd birthday today. Happy Birthday, Barnum! In his autobiography Barnum had this to say about his birthday: My first appearance upon this stage was on the 5th day of July, Anno Domini 1810. Independence Day had gone by, the cannons had ceased to thunder forth their remembrances of our National Anniversary, the smoke had all cleared away, the drums had finished their rattle, and when peace and quiet were restored, I made my debut. This propensity of keeping out of harm's way has always stuck by me. Barnum was responsible for many hoaxes. Among his more famous ones were Joice Heth (billed as the oldest… Categories: History Comments (0) The Taughannock Giant Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 05, 2003 July 4, 1879 a giant stone man (weight: 800 pounds; height: seven feet) was unearthed near Ithaca, New York (suspiciously close to Cardiff, New York). He was soon dubbed the Taughannock Giant. The stone man was described by a commentator as "a human figure lying on its back, arms nearly straight and the legs crossed at the ankle... well proportioned with the exception of the feet, which appear more like those of an ape." Scientists pronounced it an authentic fossilized man. In reality, it was the handiwork of one Ira Dean who had carved it in his basement. For the complete story, check out the Taughannock Stone Man Web Page created by Dan Dickinson, Jeff Dennis, and Ben… Categories: History Comments (0) If you hear a baby crying… Don’t Open the Door Posted by The Curator on Sat Jul 05, 2003 Here's a creepy email that's been making the rounds for at least half a year. It was sent to me by a visitor who wants to know if it's a hoax. Yes, it is. There have been no reported instances of serial killers using this particular modus operandi:Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird.The police told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door." The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run… Categories: Birth/Babies, Email Hoaxes Comments (3) Woman stalks herself Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003 Here's an odd story: an assistant professor at LSU is accused of sending threatening letters to herself. Categories: Identity/Imposters Comments (0) Mysterious Blobs Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003 Two days ago a giant blob-like creature washed up on a beach in Chile. Chilean scientists were baffled. They had no clue what the creature was. Based on the emails I've received, a lot of people immediately suspected it was some kind of elaborate hoax. But I don't think this was a hoax. Scientists now say that they believe the blobby thing was either the body of a giant octopus or discarded whale blubber. I assume the Chilean blob bears no kinship to another blob which surfaced on the internet about two years ago. To this day I have no clue what this earlier mystery blob was. A real person? A… Categories: Cryptozoology, Photos/Videos Comments (3) The case of the non-existent child Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003 An Australian woman invented the existence of a child in order to hit up her ex-boyfriend for child support. She even went so far as to provide him with pictures of the (fake) child, and dreamed up a costly medical condition that the kid was suffering from, which she, of course, wanted the boyfriend to pay for. Categories: Birth/Babies, Con Artists Comments (0) The Hacker Challenge Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003 A hacker website (defacers-challenge.com... it no longer appeares to be active) announces a contest to see who can deface the most websites this Sunday, July 6. Authorities suspect the whole thing may be a hoax. Categories: Technology Comments (0) Crop Circles Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 04, 2003 California farmer annoyed by crop circles that are destroying his wheat. Categories: Crop Circles Comments (0) It’s Jackalope Hunting Season Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2003 June 31 (which was yesterday, or maybe today, or maybe neither) is the only day of the year on which it's legal to hunt jackalopes in the state of Wyoming. You can get your own Jackalope hunting license from the Douglas, Wyoming Chamber of Commerce. Categories: Animals, Folklore/Tall Tales Comments (6) Page 285 of 303 pages ‹ First < 283 284 285 286 287 > Last › Member Login/Password? 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