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World’s Biggest Cat
Posted by The Curator on Wed Aug 22, 2007
Meet Angie from Chernobyl. She's the biggest cat in the world. She belongs to Dr. Maricek, who's a radiation scientist. Angie's missing a gene that controls her growth. As a result, she just keeps growing and growing (and growing!). She currently weighs about 800 lbs and eats 60 lbs of food a day. Despite her size, Angie behaves like a normal cat, though she is extremely shy with people. Angie's very cute (and looks a bit like my cat Boo), but if she ever curled up on someone's lap, I think the result would be a very flat human. Thanks to Sarah of messybeast.com for the link. Sarah says, "With some…
“New” Pearl Harbor photos a hoax?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Thu Jul 05, 2007
I was unaware of this, but apparently a bunch of what appears to be previously-undiscovered photos of the attack at Pearl Harbor has been found. The article I'm linking to here (and the article IT links to) makes the claim that they aren't new at all, but are merely photos that have been around since the time of the attack, some altered to look new. So, if this is a hoax, what's the point? Why would someone go to this length? "New" Pearl Harbor photos a hoax?
Net Authority
Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Wed Jul 04, 2007
Net Authority is a site that claims to be...well, I'm not completely sure WHAT it's claiming to be. Something about being the controlling authority over the Internet. That sounds vague, but if you look at the site, you'll see what I mean. I'm very sure this is a hoax, based on how just-outside-of-credible the writing is, but it's very well done. "Net authority" hoax? OK, I just found this by the guy who claims to have come up with Net Authority: "Net authority" revealed? OK, I looked a little further into Net Authority. It's not really that they're claiming to be in charge of the Internet;…
PC World’s Top 25 Web Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Sat May 05, 2007
PC World writer Steve Bass compiled a list of the Top 25 Web Hoaxes and Pranks. Here's the list (minus Bass's commentary): The Accidental Tourist Sick Kid Needs Your Help Bill Gates Money Giveaway Five-Cent E-Mail Tax Nigerian 419 E-Mail Scam Kidney Harvesting Time You've Got Virus! Microsoft Buys Firefox The Really Big Kitty $250 Cookie Recipe Free Vacation Courtesy of Disney Sunset Over Africa Alien Autopsy at Roswell, New Mexico Real-Time GPS Cell Phone Tracking Apollo Moon Landing Hoax Sell It on eBay! Chinese Newspaper Duped The Muppets Have Not Already Won Chevrolet's Not-So-Better Idea Rand's 1954 Home Computer Microsoft Buys the Catholic Church Hercules the Enormous Dog…
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GreenTeaGirlie
Posted by The Curator on Fri May 04, 2007
David Sarno at the LA Times uncovers a web of deception surrounding a recent YouTube sensation called GreenTeaGirlie. It all started in late March when a 10-second video of a young woman introducing herself became one of the most-watched videos on YouTube. Why was this video so popular, many people wondered. After all, it wasn't very remarkable. Was she another lonelygirl15? Soon after, two related websites appeared: greenteagirlie.com and kallieannie.com. The first site, greenteagirlie.com, contained a link to Seattle's Dragonwater Tea Co. (promoting suspicion that GreenTeaGirlie…
Categories: Photos/Videos, Websites Comments (12)
Quick Links: Jesus on Google Maps, etc.
Posted by Boo on Wed May 02, 2007
Jesus on Google Maps Brian Martin claims that he saw the shape of Jesus in the clouds above Mount Sinai. (Thanks, Madmouse.) Cat Gives Birth to 'Puppy' Following on from the Japanese poodle scam hoax, this made me laugh. A cat in Zhengzhou, China has supposedly given birth to a litter of four, one of which looks like a poodle. There are no pictures to accompany the article, however. (Thanks, Robert.) Sexism in Tetris It seems a lot of…
Google April Fool’s Day Jokes 2007
Posted by Boo on Tue Apr 03, 2007
Google Introduces TiSP Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.Gmail Paper For those who like the features of Gmail, but aren’t so keen on email. Google Maps Trick This trick produced by Google Maps staff allows you to position one of a number of customisations on a map. (Thanks to all who…
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Havidol
Posted by Boo on Mon Mar 05, 2007
Havidol.com is a pharmaceutical website touting a solution to Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD). Havidol (avafynetyme HCI) comes in both tablet and suppository form, and should be taken indefinitely. The site is very well made and, frankly, looks more professional than some legitimate websites. Whilst the names of the drug are the first sign that this site shouldn't be taken seriously, there are other signs scattered throughout the site. For example: Side effects may include mood changes, muscle strain, extraordinary thinking, dermal gloss, impulsivity induced consumption, excessive salivation, hair growth, markedly…
Santa is an Illegal Immigrant?
Posted by Boo on Sat Dec 23, 2006
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 immigrants will face penalties. A lawsuit has been brought against the town regarding this, and is due to be heard in early 2007. The website discusses why Santa is clearly an…
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Microsoft Firefox
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 17, 2006
Download the new Microsoft version of the Firefox browser at msfirefox.com. Features include:RSS (Real Simple Sex) RSS is a relatively new algorithmic technology fueled by the continued hot desires of many online web users. Accessed by an illuminating an icon on the toolbar - a single click allows you to view and optionally download anything that resembles a tit, a boob or a breast - rendered directly in the browser with speeds up to 10 times faster than the competition. Real Simple Sex can scan and arrange…
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The Online Pregnancy Tester
Posted by Boo on Sun Nov 05, 2006
This site claims to be able to scan you through your computer monitor using 'zeta waves', and determine whether or not you are pregnant. The scanning software checks for: Endocrine balance, Hormone levels, Amniotic concentration, Carbohydrate level, Ketone (ketosis/lipolysis), Ovulation status, Bovine Encephalitis, Distemper, and Progesterone infusion. The remote testing system then checks the levels and calculates the likelihood of your being pregnant. It's a joke site, obviously. They do have such disclaimers on each page. There are some good parts, such as the guarantee: "Our results are 100% guaranteed. Please note we only guarantee that you'll get a result, not that the results will be accurate." I also liked…
Categories: Birth/Babies, Websites Comments (25)
The First Amish Newsletter
Posted by Boo on Tue Sep 19, 2006
The First Amish Newsletter is a fake website with this introduction: Hello! My name is Eli Lapp and I'd like to welcome thee to the first Amish Newsletter, made by the American Amish for the American Amish. Now that we've hit the 21st Century, our church elders have decided that we will try to not be so "technologically impaired". We are discovering electricity, computers, and other modern wonders. I'm especially enjoying this thing called Internet! Throughout the site are many nice little touches - I particularly like the buggy safety page with its…
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Animus Cult
Posted by Boo on Mon Sep 04, 2006
The Animus Cult has been spreading posters and sigils around Adelaide, South Australia, recently. These posters proclaim ‘Animus is coming’, and some also contain a link to the website. They talk about Animus: So who is Animus? Why he is here and what is his purpose? His purpose is very simple. The Wicked are the disease. Animus is the cure. So now I must show you the truth. The strength of Animus lies in the Will of Man. Animus is here because the will of man is to rid itself of the wicked." They have a few pictures of 'Animus in action' on the website, all of which are incredibly blurry shots…
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Quick Links: Giant Gnome, etc.
Posted by Boo on Sun Sep 03, 2006
Giant Gnome Maria Reidelbach's Gnome Chomsky is aiming for a Guinness record for tallest gnome, at a whopping 13 feet, 6 inches tall. Woman Finds Husband's Secret - Female Hormones Catherine Everett was surprised when she walked into the bathroom, only to find her husband admiring his new breasts. Babytoupee.com Coming soon, allegedly... Teenager Sends his Ex-company 5 Million Hoax Emails David Lennon was annoyed when he was fired from his job. So he sent 5 million hoax emails over the course of a week,…
The Butter Trough
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 31, 2006
Status: Hoax The Butter Trough, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a great concept for a restaurant. First of all, the menu is simple. They only serve bread, butter, and sweet tea. But best of all, it's all free! It's the world's first advertiser-supported restaurant: The Butter Trough is the world's FIRST 100% advertisement supported restaraunt. Come down to our Atlanta Facility to enjoy food and fun with friends and family all for free. We are able to bring this great value to YOU, the consumer, through the…
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