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Fake Bill
Man arrested for trying to pass a fake "Bill" bill: "The bill was unmistakably fake due to the fact that the ink was running on the bill, the president's face was missing and for the president's name, it had the name Clinton on it," said Deputy Nathan Stephens. About time a Clinton bill has surfaced. We've already seen too many of those phony Bush Bills.

Case of the Inhaled Vampire Tooth
Because of Halloween this news story has been going around. Back in 1995 Josh Anderson accidentally inhaled a fake vampire tooth. But doctors couldn't find anything. Sixteen years later "A bronchoscopy produced a mass of granulated tissue surrounding a perfectly intact vampire tooth, about as long as a thumbnail."

Pop Culture is Home of Hoaxes
The Sacramento Bee ran an article about hoaxes, in honor of Halloween, and called me up for a quick phone interview. The article requires registration, but here's the part where I'm featured: "Our attention span is small because there's such a mass of information available." Alex Boese, author of "Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes," agrees. "(Mass media) makes this a ripe time for getting fooled," Boese says, on the phone recently from San Diego. The good news? Mass media "also makes it easier for us to debunk (hoaxes)," he says.

image Spooky Lens Aberration
From a Worth1000 thread: A friend of mine took this photo whilst walking through a wooded area in Scotland recently. No, there was no mist or smoke around. Anyone out there got any logical explanation for the misty visage in the bottom left? (Thanks, Kathy)

Freshman 15 is real
According to the legend of the Freshman 15, college students typically gain 15 pounds during their first year. Brown University researchers have now determined that this is almost true: "According to research presented last week, the "freshman 15" might be more real than previously thought -- although the actual weight gained by freshman is more likely to be between five and 10 pounds." By the time I graduated from college I had gained almost 30 pounds. I went from 170 to 200. But I lost the weight pretty quickly.

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Posted on Wed Nov 01, 2006


Aw crap! I'd seen that in the Bee today (I live in Davis, which is in the Sacramento Bee's distribution radius), and was gonna comment in the forums on it, but I finally just got home..

Way to go for loads of press!
Posted by Robin Bobcat  on  Wed Nov 01, 2006  at  12:21 AM
In the "Case of the Inhaled Vampire Tooth", from 1995 to 2006 there're 11 years, not 16....
Posted by fizz  on  Wed Nov 01, 2006  at  04:00 AM
The spooky lens aberation imho is condensation vapour from the breath of the photographer.
Posted by LaMa  on  Wed Nov 01, 2006  at  04:43 AM
If one wants to avoid the "Freshman 15", simply choose a school with a shoddy public transportations system! It sucks, but the workout is good.I LOST fifteen pounds walking miles upon miles uphill to classes. Seriously, in West Virginia, there is no downhill.

Walking-- it's what's for dinner.
Posted by Dily  on  Wed Nov 01, 2006  at  03:19 PM
That "spooky aberration" looks a whole lot like the pictures I get when my finger is in front of one corner of the lens. The finger's much too close to the lens to show up in focus, so it shows as a blur.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Wed Nov 01, 2006  at  03:37 PM
Dily - yeah, I know what you mean. You're only an hour fifteen away from us at D&E, with our Cardiac Hill. Now, granted, your campus is probably twice as big as ours, but hills are great for losing weight, aren't they?
Posted by Seamyst  on  Wed Nov 01, 2006  at  07:55 PM
Finger? No. If it was a finger it'd have a more clearly defined shape, wouldn't be as translucent, and probably have a flesh-tinge to it.

To me this looks like somebody went to town on it with Photoshop. The fact that it's on Worth1000.com only strengthens that idea.
Posted by Soldant  on  Wed Nov 01, 2006  at  09:23 PM
Hmm, when I was an undergraduate, we called it "the Freshman 10." Lately I've heard some younger people refer to "the Freshman 20."
Inflation touches everything, I guess.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Thu Nov 02, 2006  at  06:44 AM
Maybe the photo is of gauze - old fashioned works just fine for this sort of thing. This presumes that the photo is a hoax not just a bit of condensation in the air. However, if it were condensation, it would be quite a trick to get it into the shape shown. However, since I couldn't see a larger version of the image(is one available?), then I presume a hoax is present.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Thu Nov 02, 2006  at  10:36 AM
Well, it was on a worth1000 forum so hey,it's probably a photoshop.

And on inhaling things,This sort of thing happens and goes unnotticed alot.I once heard about a guy who disovered that he had a cashew nut in his lung that must have had it in there for at least that long.I have a freind who knew he had a stone in his ear for years but he only realised when they found a foreign object in his ear.Oh,and the dates are wrong.1995 was 11 years ago.

Idiot.I saw on America's dumbest criminals about a guy who used a forged bill to give a police officer to use to pay for something.They were printed on only one side!
Posted by What?What are you looking at me for Im not that in  on  Fri Nov 03, 2006  at  01:07 PM
I'm wondering exactly why someone would be walking in a wooded area taking photos in what appears to be at night time. I'm not sure about the setup of the thing. I was sceptical at a time
about people that submit photos of Ecto, orbs, mist or whatever claiming that they're ghosts. I then experimented and went by a cemetery close to my house that is "known" to be "haunted". I took a few snaps with my now outdated 2 megapixel Panasonic digicam. After I transferred the pics to my computer I opened them with an image viewer. I DID make out a few orbs. I lightened the picture a bit with my software and scores more were showing, many with "eyes" and a not so defined "mouths", of varying sizes. Weirded me out for a bit, to say the least.
Posted by Some guy somewhere  on  Fri Nov 03, 2006  at  08:26 PM
Well, we tried bloody hard in Edinburgh to take photos of orbs but I tells ya, it didn't work dammit!
Posted by Nettie  on  Sat Nov 04, 2006  at  12:16 PM
Well, we did get a few orbs, Nettie...even if we did figure out that they were fake afterwards. 😉
Posted by Smerk  on  Sat Nov 04, 2006  at  10:10 PM
Hahaha... I just love that you're reporting hoaxes from the future now. Someone had better tell that fellow that he has a tooth lodged in him and he should get that looked at in five years. ^_~
Posted by Ty  on  Sun Nov 05, 2006  at  06:44 PM
I think the guy just sneezed...

My first year in University (which I guess equates to 'Freshman Year') I actually lost a load of weight. Started eating proper fresh food, and not the calories-heavy processed rubbish my mother served up.
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Posted by home teeth whitening  on  Fri Feb 12, 2010  at  06:48 AM
Perhaps the snapshot is of gauze - old created works in a minute fine for this sort of thing. This presumes that the photo is a hoax not just a bit of condensation in the air. However, if it were condensation, it would be quite a trick to get it into the shape shown. Nonetheless, since I couldn't see a larger version of the image then I suppose a hoax is in attendance. Thanks!
Posted by Nathan Smith  on  Wed Mar 23, 2011  at  09:53 PM
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