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Posted by Banxafqb75 on Jan 25, 2015 - 10:28 PM
From the entry: The Chicago River Hippo

The story i had heard about this picture wasn't about ghosts at all... It was that some family moved into an old house and the husband went to take a photo, and as he took the photo a body fell from the ceiling. He's wearing a zip-up flannel, they've been around forever.. The "void" between the lady's legs, isn't a void, it's her legs -.-
I don't think a money would be hanging upside down in some family's house in the 1950s and i don't think it would have the body of a person
Posted by Katt on Jan 25, 2015 - 04:21 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

This story is not hoex
Posted by nick on Jan 23, 2015 - 04:36 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

EVERYONE WHO LIVES IN RHINELANDER IS A "HODAG" !!!
AND PROUD OF IT.........
Posted by kasey on Jan 15, 2015 - 06:19 PM
From the entry: Hodag

Krischn -- thanks for the translation correction! (Nitpicking is good!) Made a change above.
Posted by The Curator on Jan 15, 2015 - 07:48 AM
From the entry: Brides for Liechtenstein

Nice addition to the series on German April Fools hoaxes here lately. Thanks.

One thing to note: You translate "Société Anonyme" (abbr. "S.A.") as "Anonymous Society", however it's just the French equivalent to the German "A.G." i.e. "Aktiengesellschaft", which you correctly translated as "Inc.".

I guess you could call this a nitpicking post, but I think the term "Anonymous Society" conveys a certain meaning which was not intended by the creators of the hoax.

Cheers.
Posted by Krischn on Jan 14, 2015 - 01:28 PM
From the entry: Brides for Liechtenstein

Hee! Nice companion to cats4gold.com, a parody of sleazy cash for gold scam sites which invites you to "swap your shabby tat for a tabby cat!"

It even includes a calculator to estimate how many cats of what size and breed you could get for a given amount of gold.
Posted by John Sullivan on Jan 13, 2015 - 11:29 AM
From the entry: Konstant Kitten

To Richard Bos:
Ah, this is exactly the question that the few thinking Russians ask...
Posted by Russian Skeptic on Jan 12, 2015 - 07:53 AM
From the entry: Russian propaganda warns of gay indoctrination

In fact, there is an old Russian joke about a peasant whose pig had prosthetic legs because he needed some jelly and did not want to kill the pig. I heard it in 1980s from my father who could have heard it as early as in 1960s. Its origin may be even pre-Soviet. However, nobody has taken it as anything other than joke.
Posted by Russian Skeptic on Jan 12, 2015 - 07:43 AM
From the entry: Lard From Live Pigs

I had a craving for paper from I was five or six yo and up to 16 or so. I didn't eat toilet paper - for some reason that sounds gross, even if it's not used - but newspapers.

So I think this story could very well be true.
Posted by Anders Svenneby on Jan 10, 2015 - 05:28 PM
From the entry: The Toilet-Paper Eating Mom

And are you kidding me about the movement thing? I wan’t to know who says he can’t see the horse move? Its moving all through out the video.. Its clearly running for Christ’s sake!!! I’m sorry I went to a school were they taught me that if I see the same object in two or more different instances and the objects place of rest or shape were different in both its called “MOVEMENT”. The posture of the horses legs are completely different before the start of the first second on 0:00 and on 0:02. That proves movement.
Posted by Clyde Yung D'souza on Jan 7, 2015 - 11:54 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

This is the 3rd seal mentioned in The Bible in Revelations. The black horse is the horse of famine. Conquest (Pestilence) and War are already on Earth and we see it everywhere all the time, especially War! Here comes the 3rd one. And for the record: The prophecy in Revelations says that a Black Horse will be seen, not mentioning whether it will be a live or a dead one, or whether we'll see it running or flying or standing or dying. The basic point of the prophecy is that people will see a black horse which was seen! End times are here people! Believe it or not like it or not, its here and its going to come soon regardless whether we are ready or not. So better to be ready than not. Choose sides quickly and stick by it. Either stay pure and stay by God's side or sin and get a chance to burn with the devil for eternity..
Posted by Clyde Yung D'souza on Jan 7, 2015 - 11:34 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

THIS IS TOTALLY TRUE!!!
Posted by bamba on Jan 5, 2015 - 04:18 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

The person who forwarded it as if it was real was the worst. Without a disclaimer saying that it was for a photoshop competition. She has been messed up completely, Its been forwarded more than 2 million times and she is not safe. You SUCK!
Posted by Yvonne Wood on Jan 4, 2015 - 10:12 PM
From the entry: The Cheerleader Poops

This is true and the man raped the family. :(
Posted by Cornelious Naggerfagget on Jan 4, 2015 - 01:34 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

I am a Christian and I do believe the coming of Jesus is very near. However, I do not believe this is the black horse of revelation 6:5 as many of my fellow Christians seem to believe. For the black horse of Rev. 6:5 has a rider with a pair of scales (balance) in his hands, unlike this horse, which has no rider. Also, nowhere in Rev.6 are we lead to believe that the horse is a literally horse, all four horses are symbolic with the black horse representing famine (I don't know how one expects to see famine flying in the air on a rainy night). furthermore we are never told any of the horses of of Rev. 6 will be flying in the air.

As for the horse legs moving about, this horse is being tossed about by wind and rain on a poor quality video, it's likely you will see anything you want to see on such a video. Personally, this horse legs did not appear to be moving to me. I believe what Christians need to be focusing on is to study their bibles more (it is clearly needed) so they know the real signs of the time so they won't be distracted by flying baloons and be prepared and on guard for the return of Christ at all time, not just when weird video pops up n the internet.

God bless smile
Posted by Judi on Jan 2, 2015 - 02:42 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

I'd like to point out that Photography IS a type of art, so listing a photo under "art" does not automatically confirm said photo as fake.
Posted by Autumn J on Dec 31, 2014 - 06:50 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

That is not a ghost, it's a monkey hanging upside down. I copied the picture and opened in Gimp while playing with the Brightness-Contrast the eyes pope out as well as the rest of the face. It is most certainly a monkey wearing some zip up (yes it is a zipper) outfit.

It's blurry because the monkey is not standing still.
Posted by David G on Dec 27, 2014 - 10:14 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Am I correct in assuming somebody lost their job over this?
Posted by Peter on Dec 24, 2014 - 08:39 AM
From the entry: The bogus store that never happened

The British ruled India during this old boys birth, and they were strict on record keeping.
Posted by peter on Dec 23, 2014 - 04:33 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

TRUE
to name a few:
Hot Dogs cannot bark.
Neither can dead dogs.
Posted by wayne on Dec 22, 2014 - 06:07 PM
From the entry: True or False: Not all dogs can bark

"So when darling daughter asks her dear daddy:"

The mistake the above commentator is making is in thinking that just because someone asked you a question, that you are morally obligated to answer it. That is simply not true, even if the person asking the question is your kid...actually, perhaps even especially. In this respect, people lie unnecessarily. Often the correct answer to a question is the truth: "that is none of your business."

For example, when a child asks you the dreaded question "where to babies come from?", the answer is the simple truth: "I'll tell you later when you will be able to understand." In the case given above, the answer is even more in this direction, and is the truth: "I love you. But I'm not going to answer that question, because there is no way I can answer it without potentially causing you harm, and you shouldn't be asking." Now that, in fact, is the truth. Even what people think is the correct answer ("I love you both equally") could potentially be harmful, because it reinforces the idea that she should be asking those sorts of questions.
Posted by godlessmath on Dec 20, 2014 - 07:18 PM
From the entry: Sam Harris Takes a Stance Against the Santa Lie

It's dubious but to me sounds pretty plausible in a sense - probably because I've gone through something similar, though in an infinitely smaller scale. Back when I had anemia I'd get cravings for paper - especially when I was stressed out, such as in school. I'd pick bits off the edges of my notebooks and eat them for the texture rather than the taste. I'd eat up to a sheet of paper a day that way during the height of this craving. I never ate toilet paper though - it gets all mushy and disgusting when wet. If someone had a strong craving for toilet paper I'd have no reason to doubt that they could eat "up to a roll" of it.
Posted by Cliodna on Dec 19, 2014 - 12:23 PM
From the entry: The Toilet-Paper Eating Mom

I don't want to have a debate about the flying horse..But i have to say one thing..REPENT ..THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS COMING...
Posted by AR Vinston on Dec 17, 2014 - 11:43 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

Banana oil is actually a lucky chance discovered over 100 years ago. It's a fairly simple compound isoamyl acetate that got called banana oil because it smelled a bit like bananas. It was actually one of the first artificial flavours.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isoamyl_acetate
Posted by Salviati on Dec 16, 2014 - 07:42 PM
From the entry: Was artificial banana flavor based on the Gros Michel banana?

I do remember something that sounds similar to this in the north of England as a child, growing in wood land and grassy areas, although they didn't really look like golf balls they where round and a similar size. We did call them golf balls or puf balls as when you spomped on on it popes with a cloud of spores. Maybe that is where the idea came from.
Posted by Elmo Jaxson on Dec 16, 2014 - 07:43 AM
From the entry: Golfballia ambusta

This might be truth, during british period, selective registration was going on, in Goa too, it was registered in the office of Civil
VERIFY THE AGE BY COMPUTER USE
Registrar, provided men came with his records, if it is village, he has to come with two witnesses, if it is a chritian, he has to come with baptism certificate, it all depends on the moods of the Registrars, (Drunkards) {This is my statement because I have seen a drunkar registrar since my youn days who would be under the influence of Alcohol from morning till evening, only after taking bath at home he would not drink since he was a Brahmin}
So, itis possible that his registration was not done for some or the other reason,
Now, in the computer age, when ASI claims the age of structures, plants, young men and women on the basis of their cells, why not the government take initiative to verify the Age.
There should be no two way information to be false.

Posted by Goaca Kan on Dec 15, 2014 - 12:06 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

I am from North West region of Cameroon, my grand mother is still alive I visited her recently she is 115 walking without stick or support. The only thing she can't do is cooking. God is keeping them for a purpose and is a blessing. I hope to hit 150 if God permit.
Posted by James Warren on Dec 14, 2014 - 02:55 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

"World News Daily" sounds like the infamous "Weekly World News".
Posted by Cruel Cahal on Dec 13, 2014 - 11:56 PM
From the entry: Loggers accidentally cut down oldest tree

Moffat isn't a geneticist, he isn't even a scientist. He makes these stupid but publicity-grabbing statements only to get free publicity for his company. His is the kind of organisation who charge you a daft sum of money to tell you that you're a descendant of Ghengis Khan or Noah or Eve. Please don't waste your money - use your hard-earned cash buying a square mile of the moon or maybe get a star named after you.
For more information see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/genetic-ancestry
Posted by Lawrence M on Dec 13, 2014 - 01:31 PM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

If it were a balloon the Lightning would reflect off the balloon showing light which doesn't happen. If it was a helium balloon it would be going upward not straight. Also the legs and head were moving.
Posted by Danica on Dec 12, 2014 - 11:47 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

the black horse and the pale horse that were released during riots in Egypt were prophesied from Kenya by Prophet Dr. Edward Owuor who has prophesied many othe events like;
economic crisis and famines
tsunamis
floods
bloodshed
Haiti and Chile quake
you can visit http://www.repentandpreparetheway.org for more information.
Jesus is surely coming
Posted by dominic on Dec 12, 2014 - 07:29 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

facebook allways giving fake news don't trust this news
some people try to make the people foolish y you. be foolish your self very funny
Posted by perlyperera on Dec 11, 2014 - 11:19 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

I've discovered that photo experts have looked at the photo and deemed it authentic, what I found interesting is that the original photo was supposedly cropped, hence why they are not in the centre of the photo (why the vignetting or is it the corner of the room). Still a very creepy photo and too strange to be double exposure. I believe the photo to be genuine and the body added after, if added. Leaves me with an awful feeling none the less.
Posted by Laura Watson on Dec 11, 2014 - 03:38 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

And after all, if the Russian government is so scared of gay propaganda, why does Vladimir Vissarionovich Putin show his hairless, muscular, shirtless top so often? Someone's clearly in denial...
Posted by Richard Bos on Dec 10, 2014 - 08:15 AM
From the entry: Russian propaganda warns of gay indoctrination

Wow! All you skeptics are straight up MEAN. If someone wants to believe in the possibility that anything is possible, just let them! Oh I forgot, your big ass egos just force you to feel the need to play the devils advocate. You don't have to call someone with an open mind stupid! It's actually quite ignorant and not very WISE to have such a closed mind. You will see.....one day;).
Posted by briseis on Dec 10, 2014 - 01:32 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Well, it seems that many third party applications and libraries still check the current windows version by parsing its name, and recognizing old windows 95/98 version checking the string "windows 9*". this would be triggered by a windows 9 release, and cause many badly written third party applications to fail.
When first reported this was believed to be an hoax, but some searches on public code repositories apprently confirmed that it is a real problem (if this alone was sufficient to motivate MS to change the version or if there're other reasons is another thing).
Posted by nym73 on Dec 9, 2014 - 05:14 PM
From the entry: Microsoft skips Windows 9

I, being a Muslim, do not believe in this video. People, who are spreading it, are totally Stupid!
Posted by Faizan Malik on Dec 9, 2014 - 12:35 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

this is a real video..in video the legs of horse are moving...if you think that this is a plastic horse then your thinking wrong because a plastic horse moves its legs how it possible?
Posted by mansoor ijaz shah on Dec 9, 2014 - 12:12 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

Bit of a scam on the penny - they aren't actually engraved.
Posted by Robin Bobcat on Dec 8, 2014 - 11:25 PM
From the entry: Mail Order FlimFlam

There is a well-established story in my family that a great-uncle was caught by the "Guaranteed Bug-Killer" scam before the First World War .... A good idea never goes out of style.
Posted by David J Wilson on Dec 8, 2014 - 05:28 PM
From the entry: Mail Order FlimFlam

Did you all know that we are all related by Adam and Eve our oldest ancester to ever live like woah all of us related really? According to me that's what I believe by my 12 year old brain.
Posted by Sweety on Dec 8, 2014 - 12:02 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Conduct his DNA tests and match them with his future generations.If they resemble he has got the first thing right.Also that he has a valid birth certificate, he does seem to have a strong point anyhow.
Posted by kamlesh bhatt on Dec 8, 2014 - 01:10 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Foxes do bark indeed, so there is no reason why other wild canines should not bark.
Posted by Russian Skeptic on Dec 7, 2014 - 03:30 AM
From the entry: True or False: Not all dogs can bark

In case you need to know more about Russian propaganda, this is only the top of the iceberg. First of all, our officials sincerely believe in 'gay indoctrination', and the recently created law against it is real. Legally, it does not ban 'gay indoctrination', but only 'promoting non-traditional sexual lifestyles'. However, de facto it is always understood as anti-gay: no instances of people persecuted for approval of, say, polygamy or anti-sexualism have been recorded so far.
Moreover, this is hardly the most outrageous hoax. About two years ago, a Russian expat Irina Bergset claimed that in Norway her son was taken from her, dressed in what she called 'a Putin costume' with multiple dildoes attached to it (???) and gang-raped. This story has even become a meme on Runet.
Posted by Russian Skeptic on Dec 7, 2014 - 03:15 AM
From the entry: Russian propaganda warns of gay indoctrination

The video's legit. I know the bear involved.
Posted by Sergio Romero on Dec 4, 2014 - 10:58 PM
From the entry: Bear Chases Cyclist

Carl -- I got that info from the article "Auditory Communication in Domestic Dogs" (linked to above). I just took their word for it because they seemed like a credible source.

But googling around, I found this 2010 article in USA Today about research suggesting descent from the Middle Eastern wolf:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/03/dogs-another-middle-eastern-import-show-genes/1#.VH9t04vxY05

The gene study broadly splits dog species into ancient breeds, such as New Guinea Singing Dogs and dingoes, which likely split from wolves 4,000 years ago, and more recent Victorian "fancy" breeds, such as the Yorkshire terrier. "The basenji, a breed of Middle Eastern origin, had a greater proportion of shared (gene types) with Middle Eastern wolves than any other domestic dog," the study says.
Most likely, wolves have periodically interbred with domesticated dogs, gene patterns suggest.


Posted by The Curator on Dec 3, 2014 - 02:19 PM
From the entry: True or False: Not all dogs can bark

Wait... there are classes in how to think??
Posted by John on Dec 3, 2014 - 11:12 AM
From the entry: Baby Deception

It is vanishingly unlikely that the Basenji descends from a different wolfy ancestor than other domestic dogs. They're all descended from the same European proto-wolf (not any current wolf species, since wolves continued to evolve while dogs did).

By the way, I am a member, but the "log on" or "sign on" link appears to have disappeared.
Posted by Carl on Dec 3, 2014 - 06:47 AM
From the entry: True or False: Not all dogs can bark

 
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