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Elizabeth Albanese — The Press Club of Dallas has been a much-respected institution for years, offering the annual Katie awards to journalists for high quality work. Recently, though, the organisation’s reputation has been dealt a crippling blow, with the news that their recent president, Elizabeth Albanese, has been falsifying the award results for at least the past two years. Albanese became involved with the Katies in 2003, the year she first won prizes, and has been reportedly tampering with the…
Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007.   Comments (19)

Best of the Forum – 22nd June 07 — Flowers growing from a steel pipe (NEO) A Chinese man has found what he believes to be a patch of white flowers growing from a steel pipe in his vegetable garden. Ding has consulted his neighbours, who believe the flowers are the legendary Youtan Poluo flower, which blossoms only once every 3,000 years. “No soil, no water. These flowers can bring me good luck,” he added. Forum members suspect, however, that the 'flowers' are lacewing eggs (see pictures to compare.) Make your bad…
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007.   Comments (7)

Best of the Forum – 15th June 07 — Artist fools punters into buying tins of cheap plaster… (David B.) Tins of Italian artist Piero Manzoni’s excrement, sold as art to collectors for thousands of pounds, have been in the news recently, as it seems that they may contain nothing more than plaster. A spokeswoman at the Tate museum in London insisted that the revelation did not invalidate the tin as a work of art. “Keeping the viewer in suspense is part of the work’s subversive humour,” she said. The world’s most famous…
Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007.   Comments (2)

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)


Quick Links: Dolls! — Robber holds up bank using baby doll A 25-year-old man attempted to hold up a bank in Karachi, brandishing a baby doll and a blood pressure pump. He said the doll was a bomb and the pump was a grenade. The police were called and arrested the man. The bomb disposal team then discovered the doll was stuffed with harmless wires. The would-be robber "said that he had earlier tried to rob the same bank on Saturday, but had been foiled because it was closed." Paris Hilton Jail Edition Doll…
Posted: Thu May 24, 2007.   Comments (4)

Quick Links: Pranks and Robbers — Prank Bathroom Signs Backfire If you ever go to McGuire's Irish Pub in Destin, Florida, it pays to read the fine print, especially when going to the bathroom. For years McGuire's has played a joke on its customers. The fine print on the "Ladies" sign explains that it's actually the men's room, and vice versa for the "Mens" sign. But recently, "A father filed a complaint, after his daughter was interrupted by a man in what she thought was the ladies room. Now, state regulators are…
Posted: Tue May 22, 2007.   Comments (6)

Panty-Clad Robber — Here's a recent case of a man who is obviously not cut out for a life of crime: What a cashier first thought of as a practical joke turned into no laughing matter for a Ranson man who was arrested Wednesday after using women’s underwear and a lighter shaped like a small gun in an attempt to rob a convenience store... “He entered the store wearing a pair of women’s pajama shorts over his face,” Sgt. T.C. Kearns of the West Virginia State Police said Wednesday. “I couldn’t make this stuff…
Posted: Thu May 17, 2007.   Comments (8)

Quick Links: Fake Zebras, etc. — Fake Zebras A zoo in China is charging a small fee for posing beside horses painted with zebra stripes. The zoo assures the customers that it is 'just for fun'. Dressed Up Dead Fawn Left By Theatre "The police log entry said it all: "Deceased fawn was dressed up like an infant and abandoned at the Pantages Theater." The police have no idea who left the fawn or why, but they believe that the fawn had been stillborn and had died some time previously. Woman Pretends to be Pregnant -…
Posted: Wed May 16, 2007.   Comments (7)

Fake Sewage Workers Go Door-to-Door — Here's an odd story reported in the Mainichi Daily News: A tablet given to a local woman by a group of men posing as sewage workers who told her to swallow it if her tap water became dirty, has proven to be an chemical pipe cleaning agent, investigators said.... Several men visited the home of the victim in the Nagata Sannodai district of Minami-ku, Yokohama on Thursday morning, and handed a blue and white tablet to the resident, bureau officials said. "We're carrying out sewage works…
Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2007.   Comments (5)

Man Apologises to Internet — 10zenmonkeys.com has posted an article discussing the interesting law case surrounding Michael Crook. Inspired by the craigslist sex hoax by Jason Fortuny, Michael Crook started up a website to expose ‘perverts’ on the Craigslist site. He’d copied Fortuny’s prank, then posted his results on his webpage. When 10 Zen Monkeys posted a screen shot of Crook taken from a Fox news report on his previous ‘Forsake our Troops’ hoax, Crook responded with an email falsely claiming that he owned the…
Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007.   Comments (4)

Quick Links: Statue of Jesus Shoots Sparks, etc. — Statue of Jesus Shoots Sparks Visitors to the Liverpool Academy of Art have claimed that a sculpture of Jesus has shot sparks from its eyes. 'Cleansing of the Temple' by Brian Burgess is a steel and bronze statue. Some visitors have also apparently gone into a trance whilst kneeling at the base of the sculpture. The artist says: "I worked on the piece for about a year but I never saw any sparks apart from those coming from the welding torch." Forum thread here. (Thanks, Madmouse.)
Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007.   Comments (7)

Quick Links: Holy Spatula, etc. — Holy Spatula A spatula used to flip a pancake that supposedly had the image of Jesus on it is now up for sale on ebay. The pancake itself was eaten. The seller says: ”Look closely at the middle photo, and you can see that it bears some mysterious symbols, possibly some kind of sacred message. I'm no religious scholar, but I'm sure this had some kind of spiritual significance.” Art as Prank A ‘Your Ad Here’ illuminated sign on the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles proved to be the…
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007.   Comments (13)

Quick Links: ‘Customised’ Jaguar, etc. — ‘Customised’ Jaguar If you’re immensely proud of your car, and your co-workers are fond of pranks, you may end up with something like this: the workers at InPhonic covered the Jaguar S-Type with 14,000 Post-It notes. Authorities Prank Hoax Caller 15 fake 911 calls had been made by the same cell phone number in Knoxville, Tennessee. So they phoned the number and left a message telling the owner that he’d won a gift card. False Limb for Three-Legged Cow The cow, who lives in northern…
Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007.   Comments (6)

Quick Links: Pac-Man Hits the Road, etc. — Pac-Man Hits The Road Wright County sheriff Gary Miller was amused to see that, where Highway 55 has painted ovals on the road to show drivers how far apart they should be, some anonymous artist had added a Pac-Man. Man Made to Wear 'I AM A LIAR' Sign Having lied to the police about having been abducted, Craig Breuwet was made to walk up and down a busy street wearing a sign stating 'I AM A LIAR', rather than facing trial. Fake $1,000 Water Bills A suburban NY village, frustrated at…
Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006.   Comments (6)

Santa is an Illegal Immigrant? — According to a new website, Santa Claus is no longer welcome in the town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The website, www.nosantaforhazleton.com claims that, in line with the Illegal Immigration Relief Act passed in July, "the town intends to keep Santa out this Christmas because he represents the illegal immigration the town council believes increases crime and burdens local services." The controversial July laws state that any businesses or landlords who hire or rent rooms to illegal…
Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006.   Comments (14)

NFL Stadiums Bomb Hoax — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have announced that threats made online last week to plant 'dirty bombs' at NFL stadiums were a hoax. The threat, dated Oct. 12, appeared on a Web site, The Friend Society, that links to various online forums and off-color cartoons. Its author, identified in the message as "javness," said trucks would deliver radiological bombs Sunday to stadiums in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Cleveland and Oakland, Calif., and that Osama bin…
Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2006.   Comments (12)

Fake College Student — David Jovani Vanegas claimed to be a sophomore transfer student at Rice University. In reality he had never managed to get into Rice. Last September, Vanegas started attending classes. He also ate in the university's cafeterias, hung out with other students, and occasionally crashed in people's dorms when he was too tired to go back to his off-campus lodgings. Vanegas appears to have been relatively friendly towards students, but didn't seem to form many lasting relationships. Hardly…
Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2006.   Comments (34)

Quick Links: Banyan Tree Gets Police Protection, etc. — Banyan Tree Gets Police Protection A century-old banyan tree in Jakarta has been given police protection after a group of youths attacked it to prove it had no mystical powers. Parents Kidnap Bride-To-Be The day before her wedding, Julianna Redd's parents told her they were taking her on a shopping trip. Instead, they drove her 240 miles to Colorado and held her there until after the wedding was supposed to take place. 3D Studies of the Mona Lisa New 3D studies of the Mona Lisa have…
Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006.   Comments (6)

Yellow Lines Painted Under Parked Car — Nasser Khan left his car in what he was sure was an unmarked section of road. He was understandably bemused to return the next morning only to find yellow lines beneath his car and a ticket for illegal parking on his windscreen. CCTV footage showed workmen crouching beneath the car to paint in the lines, whilst a traffic warden waited to write the ticket. It appears that the machinery used to paint the lines damaged the tyres on Mr Khan's car, which were then declared unroadworthy by…
Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006.   Comments (16)

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)

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