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Bush Twins in Maxim
Posted by The Curator on Thu Mar 31, 2005
As an April Fool's Day prank Maxim magazine has printed a photo of the Bush twins doctored to make it look like they're decked out in lingerie. Of course, Maxim has also plastered a number of disclaimers on the image, just to make sure that no one thinks the picture is real. Most of the media avoids focusing on the twins too much, for fear of incurring the wrath of the White House. But Maxim evidently figured that the attention it would get by printing the picture would offset anything the White House could possibly do to it.
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Easy Millionaire Question
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 30, 2005
I'm a pretty loyal 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' viewer. It usually comes on after I'm done with dinner and I'm too lazy to get up, so I just sit there watching it. I've seen some viewers get some very easy questions wrong on the show, but I'd find it hard to believe that anyone would really need help on this question. I'm guessing that either the question has been changed in this screenshot, or answer B has been altered to make it the obvious choice.
Terrorist Catch and Release
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 30, 2005
This image has been floating around the internet for at least two years. It usually is accompanied by the caption: "In 2003 the US Navy initiates its new 'Terrorist Catch and Release Program.'" Obviously the caption is a joke, and I'm guessing that the car has been photoshopped in. But what would the crowd be standing there for? Would it be safe for them to stand there as a plane was taking off?
Categories: Military, Photos/Videos Comments (49)
Watching Ringu
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 29, 2005
A video (in quicktime) shows a group of Japanese girls (members of the pop group Morning Musume) watching a video of the horror movie Ringu. There's a lot of shrieking, so definitely turn your speakers down. But wait until the end for the prank that's played on them. The video can also be found on other sites in wmv format.
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Soldier With Fingers Crossed
Posted by The Curator on Sat Mar 26, 2005
Snopes has a listing about a photo that shows a soldier shaking hands with Hillary Clinton while his fingers are crossed. A caption accompanying the photo explains that the soldier was crossing his fingers to signal that he was coerced to shake hands with her. Today Snopes updated this listing to include a link to a Yahoo Personals Page apparently created by the guy in the picture in which he states that he's no fan of Hillary Clinton. Snopes notes that this confirms what the caption says about why he was crossing his fingers. But my question is about…
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Trampoline Baby
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 22, 2005
I just received an email from Dave Simpson with the attached image. Dave says: Here is a photo of my son, Connor, on our backyard trampoline in Alabama. He was four months old at the time. Feel free to post it on your site. So I'm stumped. Obviously a 4-month-old infant couldn't bounce themselves up and down on a trampoline. So how was the picture taken? I have no idea.
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USA Today Photo Request
Posted by The Curator on Mon Mar 21, 2005
I just received this request from USA Today. I'm not sure how to respond to it. Any suggestions? Hello, We are doing a story on 10 great places that have fools in their name. Do you have any handout photographs of the exterior or interior of the museum? Thanks so much, Life Picture Desk USA TODAY
Extreme Cars
Posted by The Curator on Mon Mar 21, 2005
I received an email with these pictures of extreme cars attached. Are they real? I'm not sure, though they look like something you'd find in a Worth1000 photoshop contest. I have the feeling that I've seen the pictures before, but I'm not sure where or when. I'm sure someone will know the story behind them.
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Scissors Sticking Out Of His Arm
Posted by The Curator on Sun Mar 20, 2005
The setting is a dorm room. A kid gets sprayed with water and retaliates by throwing a pair of scissors which, if you think the video is real, lodge in the arm of the kid spraying the water. I'm skeptical that it's real. Those would have to be some pretty sharp scissors to stick in an arm like that and most scissors are blunt (purposefully).
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Car Buried in Snow
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 16, 2005
I guess we're supposed to believe that these two guys have just dug their car out of the snow. Except that the car looks awfully clean for having been buried in snow. If the picture has been photoshopped, I'm not sure which part of it is fake. Or maybe it's real, in which case how did the car get there?
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Car Park Theft
Posted by The Curator on Mon Mar 14, 2005
A sign photographed outside a pub in England bears this warning: CAR PARK THEFT Dear Customers, Thames Valley Police have brought to our attention that thieves now have the technical means to identify electrical products hidden anywhere within a vehicle INCLUDING THE BOOT! Lap Top Computers being the main target. Please note we are happy to store most items for the duration of your visit just ask at the bar. The question this raises in my mind (and the mind of the person who took the picture) is whether thieves really do have the ability…
Categories: Photos/Videos, Technology Comments (32)
Tall Tail Egg
Posted by The Curator on Thu Mar 10, 2005
Ananova brings us the 'Tall-Tail' Egg: An egg in China has been found with a tail. The egg, found by chef Wang of at his restaurant in Anyang city, Henan province, is normal size, but has a tail that is 3 cm long. It is not known why the egg has the tail reports Dahe Daily. Wang says he wants to hatch the egg and see what will come out. (via Liquito)
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Wedding Photos
Posted by The Curator on Mon Mar 07, 2005
A couple of weeks ago Stephen sent me a set of pictures showing an 'Arkansas Wedding' (the two pictures on the left). At the time I thought the pictures were funny, but obviously just a joke, so I forwarded them to a couple of friends and forgot about them. But now I see that Snopes has created an entry about them, which made me feel like I should have posted them when I first got them. So anyway, here they are. Better late than never. Snopes identifies the photo of the hillbilly couple as an entry in a Worth1000 contest ('If rednecks ruled the world') and the picture of the 'wedding cake' comes from the
Silence Killer Mystery Image
Posted by The Curator on Thu Mar 03, 2005
I received this mystery image via email, and I'm trying to figure out what it is. It may have nothing at all to do with hoaxes or pranks, but I'm wondering if it's some kind of Japanese prank gadget that makes farting noises. Or is it a really badly named perfume spray? I have no idea. Click the image to enlarge.
Categories: Photos/Videos, Pranks Comments (21)
Martha Stewart’s New Body
Posted by The Curator on Thu Mar 03, 2005
It's being reported that the current issue of Newsweek has a faux picture of Martha Stewart on its cover. Its her head pasted on to someone else's body. "Janice E. Castro, a director at Northwestern's school of journalism, said the fact that the image did not look completely artificial and could be mistaken for the real thing was a problem." Newsweek actually admits that the picture is fake inside the magazine, so I don't think this is really that big a deal. Plus, nowadays I think it would be more surprising if a star on the cover of a magazine weren't photoshopped in some way.…
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