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Marshmallow Farming
Posted by The Curator on Thu Apr 25, 2013
A video of a news segment about marshmallow farming in North Carolina recently appeared on youtube: It looks like it was inspired by the BBC's famous Swiss Spaghetti Harvest April fool's day segment. The reporter identifies himself as being from Channel 9 news in Iredell County. But there's no info about what year this first aired. So I sent the station an email to find out what they might know.
Categories: April Fools Day, Videos Comments (1)
Pig Rescues Baby Goat Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Wed Feb 27, 2013
Back in September 2012, a video was uploaded to youtube showing a pig rescuing a baby goat that was supposedly stuck in a pond at a petting zoo. The video got millions of views on youtube and was widely aired in the media (including being shown on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News, and Fox News). Yesterday, it was revealed to be entirely staged. It was created for a Comedy Central series, "Nathan For You," which is debuting this week (thus the timing of the reveal). The pig was directed toward the goat by means of an underwater plexiglass ramp. The…
Categories: Videos Comments (1)
Car goes through ice on live TV
Posted by The Curator on Tue Feb 19, 2013
Although this may appear to be footage from a newscast, it's actually a video purposefully designed to go viral, created by a Danish pr firm calling itself PublicAttack. On its youtube page you can find the same actor appearing in its other videos. The car going through the ice is apparently a CG effect.
Categories: Videos Comments (0)
UFO Over Santa Clarita
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 09, 2013
What part of this UFO sighting has been faked? The answer is that the UFOs are, of course, fake, but so is everything else. Every part of this video — the car, the scenery, the clouds — is CGI. Wired explains: "UFO Over Santa Clarita" was a painstakingly crafted joke played by Aristomenis "Meni" Tsirbas, the director of the 2007 computer-animated film Battle for Terra who has also contributed visual effects and animation work to movies like Titanic and Hellboy and several Star Trek television series. A long-time champion of "photorealistic" CGI, Tsirbas and his team spent about four months mimicking the look of…
The Coke Bag Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 10, 2012
Recently a video began circulating that appeared (despite suspiciously poor production values) to be an advertisement by Coca-Cola announcing a new "Coca-Cola-Bag." The idea was to do away with selling Coke in bottles and switch to biodegradable plastic bags made "in the unique Coca-Cola bottle shape." The video claimed the idea came from Central America where many consumers supposedly already buy Coke in plastic bags in order to avoid paying the bottle deposit. Gizmodo, Digital Journal, and WKMG Orlando were among those who posted about the video. But now says it has received confirmation from the Coca-Cola…
Categories: Advertising, Food, Videos Comments (4)
The Malfunctioning Oil Rig Drink Dispenser Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 12, 2012
On June 7, an Occupy Seattle activist, Logan Price, posted a video online that appeared to show an embarrassing scene from a private party of Shell Oil executives. Price explained, on his twitter page, that he had managed to infiltrate the party, which was intended to celebrate the launch of Shell's Arctic drilling program, and which was hosted at the top of the Seattle Space Needle. The centerpiece of the party was a sculpture shaped like an iceberg, topped by a miniature oil rig that dispensed drinks for the guests. In the video, an elderly lady could be seen approaching the model rig, cup in hand, ready to be served the first…
Categories: Videos, Websites Comments (0)
The Angel in the Shopping Mall
Posted by The Curator on Fri May 18, 2012
Over at, Ben Radford analyzes a video that supposedly shows an angel falling to the floor of an Indonesian shopping mall. The video is said to have been taken on Sep 11, 2011. Radford concludes that whoever created the video (and he's sure it's a fake) got the lighting all wrong when they inserted the animated angel. Light sources near the top of the frame are clearly reflected in the polished, semi-glossy floor (which appears to be painted and sealed concrete), though when the brightly luminous figure falls to the floor, its light does not appear in the foreground on the…
Categories: Paranormal, Videos Comments (2)
Russian Girl Floats Up Into The Air
Posted by The Curator on Wed Apr 11, 2012
Either it's a hoax, or a muggle wandered across a wizarding lesson. (via HuffPost)
Categories: Paranormal, Videos Comments (1)
The Nullarbor Nymph Comes To The Big Screen
Posted by The Curator on Tue Mar 06, 2012
I posted a brief description of the Australian legend of the Nullarbor Nymph back in 2004. This is what I wrote: Thirty-two years ago the tiny town of Eucla, Australia, on the edge of the Nullarbor plain, became famous when a few of its residents first sighted the Nullarbor Nymph. The Nymph was a blonde, feral, half-naked woman who lived in the bush and ran wild with kangaroos. News of this wild woman quickly spread around the world. Now filmmaker Matthew Wilkinson has brought the legend to the screen. ABC News quotes him as saying: It was sort of a male fantasy sort of story that there was this…
Fotoshop by Adobé
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 16, 2012
Video created by filmmaker Jesse Rosten:
Categories: Fashion, Videos Comments (2)
Quantum Levitation Car Racing
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 11, 2012
A video of a race between miniature cars floating above a track by means of "quantum levitation" was recently debunked. The intro screen to the video credited it to the (fictitious) "Japan Institute of Science and Technology," but the true creator was Sony and SCE Studio Liverpool. The Business Insider says: "the video was a ploy by Sony and developer SCE Studio Liverpool to promote the Wipeout 2048 game that's coming out on the PS Vita." I'm assuming the video was inspired by a demonstration of "quantum levitation" conducted by the superconductivity group at Tel-Aviv University and posted on youtube a few months ago.
Categories: Technology, Videos Comments (2)
Visit Denmark, and get a girl pregnant
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 16, 2009
As posted recently by LaMa in the forum, a video recently began to circulate that appeared to have been created by a Danish girl who was trying to find the father of her child. She said the father had been a tourist in Denmark. They had had a one-night stand a year ago. Turns out the video was actually created by Denmark's National Tourist Agency as part of a viral marketing campaign. The tourist agency has since issued an apology:
Categories: Birth/Babies, Videos Comments (17)
Jackson Video a Hoax Experiment
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 02, 2009
A short video that appeared on youtube a week ago showed someone resembling Michael Jackson getting out of the back of a coroner's van. Evidence perhaps that Jackson faked his death? Nope. German television station RTL subsequently admitted they faked the video as an experiment "to show how easily users can be manipulated on the Internet with hoax videos." An RTL spokesman said: "Unfortunately, many people believed it was true, even though we tried to create the video in a way that every normal user can see right away that it is a fake." Hoaxes designed to demonstrate the gullibility of the public are an old phenomenon, going back at least to
Categories: Celebrities, Death, Videos Comments (6)
Golf Trick Shot
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 10, 2009
The latest viral video going around is titled "Hot Girl Pulls Off Insane Golf Trick Shot." Is it real? I'm not sure, but I don't see why it couldn't be. The trick doesn't seem that insane to me.
Categories: Sports, Videos Comments (17)
The Photoshop Effect
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 24, 2009
This video exposing the "Photoshop Effect" (how photoshop is used to make models look more perfect than they really are) seems to be a thinly veiled excuse to put an attractive model in front of the camera and then photoshop her. That's good enough for me.
Categories: Body Manipulation, Videos Comments (10)
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