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I own an original copy of the USA Today ad from April 1, 1998. Actually, it is NOT in color -- it is only in black and was page 7 of Section D. On the reverse is an Andy Warhol-inspired Marilyn Monroe April Fools moustache ad for the "Got Milk?" campaign. This ad IS in full color -- much like Warhol's Marilyn but with a white milk moustache. I still remember the day that I bought the paper and read both ads at lunch. I hung it in my office (with tape, sadly) and it has been hanging in my offices ever since.
Posted by Rick on May 28, 2015 - 03:12 PM
From the entry: The Left-Handed Whopper

Cool! I would like to add a summary of your article with link back to this page to my Anomalies website at http://www.anomalyinfo.com; would that be okay? I usually research stories like this myself, but I love finding other people that do it too and try to give credit where its due.
Posted by Garth Haslam on May 28, 2015 - 02:30 PM
From the entry: Edward Mordake -- A Mystery Solved

WOW children's art is a blessing. They are innocent children that teachers and parents give them the opportunity to create their own creations. This is the best part.
Posted by Grendelia N Balandran on May 28, 2015 - 01:16 AM
From the entry: The Rhythm of the Trees

It's really true - anyone can do "Modern Art".
Posted by Frank TALKER on May 27, 2015 - 03:28 AM
From the entry: The Rhythm of the Trees

"Queerer than a Clockwork Orange" - my old nan from Hackney Wick used to say it often, particularly in the 80's lol
Posted by Cheryl on May 27, 2015 - 01:12 AM
From the entry: The All-Female Clockwork Oranges Gang

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Posted by mica on May 26, 2015 - 04:31 PM
From the entry: Blood Love Spell

I don't only believe but I am damm sure that the end of the world is coming nearer day by day.
this horse is real because it was moving in one direction,legs were continuous moving & heads were also moving. I telling u all that this was burrahk & it was same as the flying horse seen in movie clash of the titans. but the flying horse seen in mecca was not having wings. We can also say that this warning for all of us that kayaamat ( world end) is near. daily earthquakes are coming in Nepal,india, & many other countries. so be alert. this is just a message for all humans and mutants.
Posted by arsalan on May 25, 2015 - 02:26 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

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From the entry: Unterstitzen on the Bleiweis -- the German town that was never taken

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From the entry: Unterstitzen on the Bleiweis -- the German town that was never taken

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From the entry: Unterstitzen on the Bleiweis -- the German town that was never taken

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From the entry: Unterstitzen on the Bleiweis -- the German town that was never taken

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From the entry: Unterstitzen on the Bleiweis -- the German town that was never taken

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Posted by Smerk on May 22, 2015 - 09:51 PM
From the entry: Cheeseburger Oreos

Hi!

First of all I'd like to congratulate you for your blog, I've been following it for many years. smile

This case is very similar to the original album's cover from Alice Cooper "Love It To Death" (Warner Bros., March 1971), where the singer's thumb was mistaken by his exposed penis! The record label finally airbrushed away the supposed "snake" (no pun here about Alice!) on all later printings of the record, thinking the then-outrageous shock rocker went too far with his provocations. Finally it's been proven that all was an optical illusion. That's the reason why,the first edition of that LP is very valued today. For more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_It_to_Death

Keep on the good work!
Posted by Erisian on May 22, 2015 - 01:41 PM
From the entry: The Man on Page 602

Someone trying to clean a mess up with a sponge and accidentally discovering they liked the effect sounds way more plausible to me.
Posted by zequi on May 19, 2015 - 02:06 PM
From the entry: Sponge-Throwing Painters of the Ancient World

Garth -- Yes, the article did have a distinct byline. I provide a link to a scan of the complete article in my article above. It's the second link in the section "The Lay Source."
Posted by The Curator on May 19, 2015 - 11:15 AM
From the entry: Edward Mordake -- A Mystery Solved

Glad to see that you understand the story was meant as a bit of fun! smile How virulently the story spread across the internet, and how many people simply accepted my obviously fake (and tongue-in-cheek) story, surprised me greatly. The Victorian Academy of Magick produces stories of this nature on an almost daily basis, but none have caught the public imagination quite like the Clockwork Oranges did. As an aside, the concept of female gangs in Victorian London inspired me to write a novel which can be seen here: http://www.VictorianVampires.co.uk
Posted by Paul Voodini on May 19, 2015 - 04:41 AM
From the entry: The All-Female Clockwork Oranges Gang

"There's a reason that manhole covers are made round — so they can never fall in the hole."

Don't know about a hoax, but that's certainly a myth you have there. Many manhole covers _aren't_ round. The reason manhole covers are often round is that manholes are often round.

This little piece of comedy does an excellent job answering the question properly:

http://hebig.org/blog/003029.php
Posted by dave dave on May 17, 2015 - 04:18 AM
From the entry: Manhole Cover on Stairs

How did the newspaper article connect to Charles Lotin Hildreth? Did it have a distinct byline?
Posted by Garth Haslam on May 15, 2015 - 06:49 PM
From the entry: Edward Mordake -- A Mystery Solved

Re Bill Morris comment, if you are referencing shadow size the Horse shadow is small also so that explanation is not evidence of photoshop. It seems most explanations of this image have been led by people's opinion that the image "can't be real" then they look for evidence to support their opinion rather than just looking for the truth. Bottom line who cares if the image is real, it's not impossible but so what! One way or another we'll never know unless the people in the image come forward with the dog and they obviously aren't interested in doing that. Good for them!
Posted by Paula Mc Bride on May 15, 2015 - 03:45 PM
From the entry: Is the "Hercules the World's Biggest Dog" photo fake, as everyone has assumed?

I'm pretty sure that's an actual dog... but I guess we'll see if they ever do a test. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that green cat that was apparently real, I was so sure it was some kind of trick.
Posted by Crystal on May 12, 2015 - 08:11 PM
From the entry: Cat Gives Birth to a Chihuahua

Crystal -- I'm an idiot. I don't know how I managed to misread that case. Thanks for the correction. And now I think I was being swayed too much by the idea that the Chihuahua-cat was some kind of weird genetic anomaly. It just looks TOO dog-like. Wonder if they'll ever do blood tests to provide a definitive answer.
Posted by The Curator on May 12, 2015 - 09:34 AM
From the entry: Cat Gives Birth to a Chihuahua

Um.... your link says the blood test proved the Brazilian case did NOT give birth to the puppies... http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/cat_gives_birth_to_puppies
Posted by Crystal on May 12, 2015 - 06:18 AM
From the entry: Cat Gives Birth to a Chihuahua

I remember seeing a very similar sign on a class trip to London Canada's Fanshaw Dam when I was a boy and getting quite a kick out of it. If I remember correctly, it went like "WARNING, INSTANT DEATH, 12,000 VOLTS, $10,000 FINE".
Posted by Max Stewart on May 11, 2015 - 03:02 PM
From the entry: Touching wires means instant death and prosecution!

Or you can just click on the about us page and they will admit it is a fake, in fact they say it is to bring awareness to animal cruelty
Posted by a on May 11, 2015 - 03:58 AM
From the entry: Konstant Kitten

@Mr.R And so what does atheism have to do with some guys video hoax? Or are you just comparing one hoax to another?
Posted by Mary Alice Martinez on May 9, 2015 - 04:06 PM
From the entry: The Escherian Stairwell

Yet it's not so astoundingly unrealistic. There was a television programme in the UK called The Naked Office in which office workers were encouraged over the course of a week to eventually work entirely nude. It was entirely serious, and apparently resulted in positive results.
Posted by Pete Byrdie on May 6, 2015 - 04:11 PM
From the entry: The Naked Office

At the top of the image you can see what looks like a second "manhole", which would seem to support the "removed pillar" hypothesis.
Posted by John on May 5, 2015 - 06:16 AM
From the entry: Manhole Cover on Stairs

The first photo is an obvious fake. The shadows don't match at all. Very long shadows made by the humans and a very short shadow that is too small, made by the dog. That makes me tend to believe the first 3 are fake (same subjects). In the last photo, a simple camera trick is used . The dog is much closer to the camera than the human and at an angle which subtley hides that fact.
Posted by Bill Morris on Apr 30, 2015 - 12:58 PM
From the entry: Is the "Hercules the World's Biggest Dog" photo fake, as everyone has assumed?

Nice work, man.
Also, I didn't know the museum was an actual, physical museum.
Posted by zequi on Apr 25, 2015 - 12:49 PM
From the entry: Edward Mordake -- A Mystery Solved

Thank you for this. I've been trying to get people to understand that Edward Mordrake was fiction ever since that episode of American Horror Story came out, only to have them reply "Nuh-UH, Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine says so!" no matter how much I pick that account apart. Maybe this new information will finally convincw them.
Posted by Dominic on Apr 25, 2015 - 03:17 AM
From the entry: Edward Mordake -- A Mystery Solved

I played with the photo a bit..:

First thing you will say is hey the falling body is just cropped out BUT the falling body is still in the photo..I did replicate the little boys face since I did not have one to put in place..My editing is not perfect but maybe that is what the original photo look like?
This was just for fun..
Posted by Richard on Apr 24, 2015 - 11:00 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Fascinating! Going back to Cornelissen and his twoscore canards, a score is twenty, twoscore is forty smile
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Apr 22, 2015 - 01:42 AM
From the entry: The Origin of the Word Canard

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Posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2015 - 01:21 PM
From the entry: Drop Bear

Certainly, the first time I saw an article on the reproductive habits of ducks, I had to check twice to make sure I hadn't gone to The Onion by mistake.
Posted by Ross on Apr 21, 2015 - 12:30 PM
From the entry: The Origin of the Word Canard

The best contemporary example is probably the Newcastle Tramway Authority sign and its $200 fine; image search that name to instantly find it. Most comment on it as if it were real, but the only references to the NTA name are on pages that include that picture - where you'll note the sign has mounting holes but is not mounted - so it's doubtful any such agency ever existed.

Newcastle in New South Wales did have a tram system, but it was called the Metropolitan Newcastle System and shut down in 1950, some 16 years before Australia switched from the pound to the dollar. I'll wager a crisp new one dollar bill - or perhaps a fifty-year-old one pound note - that it's a novelty sign someone spotted in a Newcastle waterfront gift shop.
Posted by Mike on Apr 19, 2015 - 01:18 AM
From the entry: Touching wires means instant death and prosecution!

I want to know from those people who simply said its a hoax because people can not live that long, can medical science prove that it's not possible for humans to live years..? I mean by use of factual illustrations..

Posted by Rajeev on Apr 18, 2015 - 06:49 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

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Posted by dexuantso on Apr 18, 2015 - 04:36 AM
From the entry: Clone Candidates

One thing that strikes me is that the proportions of the falling body and the women don't seem to correspond. The perspective is skewed and the falling body is strangely placed. At first glance it seems like the falling body is close to the wall. The shadow around it would seem to suggest this; neither of the women cast a shadow against the wall but the body does, and this implies that in order to do this, the body must be closer to the wall than the women are. But then when you compare the proportions of the falling body to the women, the body is very large and very clumsy. Still reasonably within the realms of possibility given the broad range of race and gender variation of the human species, but it does suggest that either the body is much closer to the camera than it would appear, or else that the falling body is a very big, strappy, probably male individual. The thing is, while granted that the photograph is rather lacking in definition, the falling body appears to be behind the candelabra. You can pass the large size and clumsy proportions of the falling body as being the fault of skewed perspective, and that the falling body is simply much closer to the camera than the women are. But then the candelabra issue raises itself again; if the falling body is just behind the candelabra, and this candelabra is pushed far back on the table, the falling body would actually be closer to the women than an initial glance would suggest. With this in mind, the falling body is either a very, very large individual and the women are very, small, or else it's a very poorly thought out insertion to an existing photograph. The body's large size in comparison to the women and is badly placed enough to suggest clumsy tampering with an ordinary domestic photograph.

Re: the 'gap' between the thighs of the woman to the right of the photograph, looks to me to be the back of a chair.

Re: the odd farming of the photograph is completely believable if the original photograph was taken in the comparatively early days of the easily carried film camera, as the women's clothing and hairstyle would suggest. Some/many of the cheaper cameras had badly placed sights, which would aid and abet an already poor and inexperienced photographer by giving them more visual range than the lens actually had. And seriously, many people are just bad photographers. With digital you can keep snapping and deleting until you get one you like, but with film cameras, multiple shots of the same thing usually just take up room on the film and cost a fortune to process. Usually people just made a couple of snaps and hoped one would turn out.
Posted by Caitlyn on Apr 14, 2015 - 05:17 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

In 1982 an angel of Jesus spoke to me and said "turn to Jesus with all of your heart and all of your mind". The time is running out, Muslims, please find Jesus, pray to God to show you the truth.
Posted by R Brown on Apr 12, 2015 - 04:42 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

I think that the picture has had some altering if you look at the mothers legs it looks like something has been removed. Why is the picture not completely focused on the family I mean it's just got more table then family
Posted by Clara on Apr 11, 2015 - 12:24 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

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Posted by Foo on Apr 9, 2015 - 01:27 PM
From the entry: The Left-Handed Whopper

Whats wrong with you all, just confirm its authenticity ... then we will talk, what if its made up story... so whats ur evidence?
Posted by Abdu'rahman on Apr 9, 2015 - 10:22 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

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Posted by Pete Byrdie on Apr 8, 2015 - 06:06 PM
From the entry: Top 100 Fools, and other stuff

What if the family is just truly that demented that they took part in a murder,hung the body upside down,and used very complex double exposure to get away with the murder
Posted by John on Apr 8, 2015 - 01:47 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Let's wait for the return of the son of God to this wicked world...
On the day of judgment we will ask Him whether the horse was true horse or just a balloon..
In the meantime,Let you know That there is no other name on earth,in heaven and the sea below by which humanity must be Saved apart from the name of Jesus Christ,the Sun of the living God....He is inescapable,Because if you try to dodge Him on earth, you will still meet Him in the Eternity.
Posted by richie joseph on Apr 8, 2015 - 01:39 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

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Upon one being the winner of the dispute, the loser will run away at high speed and scale the nearest tree. All the while they let forth an unbelievably loud hissing roaring banshee sound until they have climbed high into a tree.

The real danger to humans is that in the low light you may look like a tree and the climbing claws are sharp and curved. As the koala attempts to climb a human, large chunks of flesh are gouged out.

The actual truth is that you should be careful wherever you go in the Australian bush. We have 8 of the top ten most deadly creature right here in our own back yard.
Posted by Bushie Bob on Apr 3, 2015 - 07:10 PM
From the entry: Drop Bear

Yay, you are not dead! I was a bit worried that something might have happened with the long delay between posts.
Posted by Kurt E. on Apr 2, 2015 - 09:54 AM
From the entry: Top 100 Fools, and other stuff

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Posted by Cliodna on Apr 1, 2015 - 06:26 PM
From the entry: Top 100 Fools, and other stuff

In the early '70s Volkswagen ran ads for their jeeplike vehicle called the Thing. The ads had a gimmick of the car constantly appearing in different colors (including polkadot). When my dad purchased one, we were frequently approached by people wanting us to show off the color changing ability.
Posted by Kermit on Apr 1, 2015 - 03:21 AM
From the entry: Color-Changing Paint for Cars

 
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