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I think it's more likely that someone was ridiculing their faith and calling them all stupid for believing in Jesus.
Posted by Lorena on Aug 25, 2015 - 03:21 AM
From the entry: Pastor drowns trying to walk on water

to Jodi in Glendale:
contrary to the knowledge we have been taught to accept and believe as factual it could be totally true that your grandmother had indeed went without food or drink for the time frame spoken of. why do ppl find it so hard to believe that life can be sustained without the aid of external input. what is alive inside each of us is more real, powerful and life sustaining than whats around you.
that's not even speaking from a religious stand point but a energy stand point. all things around you once existed within you. they are all a manifestation of thought. now we need those manifestations to survive?
no we don't i totally believe this to be possible. but i also believe in mind over matter though, so.... lol, i'm a different type of thinker.
Posted by sabae jackson on Aug 20, 2015 - 12:14 PM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink

Also, if the screams were purportedly coming from that room, wouldn't you think there would be more people in the hallway,coming out their rooms to see what on earth was going on?!
Nah,I think it's fake...
Posted by Lisa G on Aug 15, 2015 - 06:39 PM
From the entry: The Screaming Ghost in Room 209

I install surveillance cameras for a living. By law, hotels and other establishments are not allowed to record sound. Just video. So the sound we are hearing in coming from the walkie talkie station in either the security room or reception desk (I was a mall security guard back in the day). Cameras are strategically placed in hallways and lobbies for security of guests and staff. So that clears up that.

I agree with the hotel worker on this forum about not turning on the light, as to not wake the guest. Makes sense. Yes, the ghost and the screams can be faked. Anything can be faked. Amityville was for decades. But I have to admit, those screams sound blood curdling and not human. Just my thought.
Posted by Mr. Murphy on Aug 15, 2015 - 12:55 AM
From the entry: The Screaming Ghost in Room 209

The catalog of quack baldness cures advised by the unidentified "one physician" in the New York Times article about Kittanning is interesting. "Iridiagnosis" is the diagnosis of health problems by studying the irises of a patient's eyes. It's still around, although I don't know of any medical evidence supporting it.
Whatever "apply plenty of elbow grease to the scalp" means (massage your scalp?), it doesn't sound like something that would remedy hair loss.
I assume that "barber's itch" must have been ringworm or head lice or some other scalp disease that could be spread by unsterilized barber's implements.

The advice not to wear tight hats reminds me of my mother. When I was a kid, Mom used to tell me not to wear a hat (tight or not), because it would make me go bald. I asked her why she believed this, and she said that her grandfather had been bald, and used to tell her it was because he always wore a hat when he went outdoors. It seems not to have occurred to Mom that he was putting her on, which isn't too surprising if you know my mother. I've always suspected that she had cause and effect reversed: Bald men wear hats because they are bald; they aren't bald because they wear hats.
Posted by Big Gary on Aug 5, 2015 - 07:00 AM
From the entry: Bogus Baldness Epidemics

Couldnt be that hotel. In other comments a guest states they have been staying there since it opened 5 years ago. That was in 2013...If the video was taken n 2003... Thats pretty good getting it 5 years before it opens smile
Posted by Laura Fine on Aug 5, 2015 - 06:11 AM
From the entry: The Screaming Ghost in Room 209

David Turner : I think it's safe to say that Sears didn't go back in time to fix the issue BEFORE the controversial issue.

It's also pretty absurd to think that they created a doctored version of the now-antique catalog and tricked the Museum of Hoaxes into buying it.
Posted by Andy L on Aug 4, 2015 - 11:37 AM
From the entry: The Man on Page 602

Is that infection believed to be the source of the Tall Tale? Or is it just a coincidence?
Posted by AndyL on Aug 4, 2015 - 11:22 AM
From the entry: Man Catches Fur-Bearing Trout

An artist of that time could have easily painted out the genitalia, saying it was a hoax because a company white washed something does NOT make it true.

Regardless, one for the history books.
Posted by David Turner on Aug 3, 2015 - 01:02 AM
From the entry: The Man on Page 602

No, That Guy read exactly what you wrote. When all that you can state up front is that it can easily be faked, that means that you go through every thing with the assumption that every thing is faked. Devil's advocate is one thing, being a butt is totally another.
Posted by 1958Debs on Aug 2, 2015 - 12:00 PM
From the entry: The Screaming Ghost in Room 209

Up until a little more than fifty years ago, suicide was illegal in the UK. Those who failed faced a fine and/or imprisonment.
When I was growing up a local grocery had signs put on the parking lot lampposts that proclaimed: "Parking For Customers Only. Violators Will Be Persecuted." Pointing them out to adults as humorous usually resulted in a lecture on the seriousness of obeying the law. It was like "The Emperor's New Clothes". All we grade-schoolers could do was shake our heads and say, "Gosh, grown-ups are so dumb."
Posted by Eoin on Jul 31, 2015 - 01:23 PM
From the entry: Touching wires means instant death and prosecution!

Also... The room is 209. In the original poltergeist movie, the hotel room they check into at the end is room 209... I find that too much of a coincidence.
Posted by Clayton on Jul 13, 2015 - 12:09 PM
From the entry: The Screaming Ghost in Room 209

Incredible how possible can that be a dog like monster?
Posted by wester suah on Jul 7, 2015 - 04:08 AM
From the entry: Is the "Hercules the World's Biggest Dog" photo fake, as everyone has assumed?

Hilariously, the 3 "brides" appear to be overweight mustachioed men in drag.
Posted by Reimi on Jul 2, 2015 - 08:33 PM
From the entry: Brides for Liechtenstein

@mary surely you meant to say religion. santa clause for adults!
Posted by Mary Alice Martinez on Jun 29, 2015 - 11:09 AM
From the entry: The Escherian Stairwell

Who cares whether this is a hoax or not. The fact is that people can live to extremely old ages. There are many documented cases of this out there, the most famous of which is Mr. Li Ching-Yuen who lived to the ripe old age of 256 years. Food for thought.
Posted by mr g on Jun 26, 2015 - 06:11 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Aside from never hearing 'John', yet hearing the 'screams'; aside from the very poorly done CGI of the 'ghost' coming out of the room; aside from the whole "why does John have his flashlight on before he enters the room?" thing - the main reason this is fake as hell to me? Why on earth does this hotel have a security camera pointed directly at the door to this ONE specific room??? Hotels don't do that. They generally have one maybe two cameras in a hallway, pointed down the hallway, to see anyone IN that hallway. They don't have security cameras set up to record one specific guest room door.
Posted by Curt on Jun 26, 2015 - 12:04 AM
From the entry: The Screaming Ghost in Room 209

Judy Aycock? Really?!
Posted by Immature Anon on Jun 2, 2015 - 02:30 PM
From the entry: The Man on Page 602

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
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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

Wish the same could be said about Cadbury's Vegemite Chocolate. sick
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

THERE REAL!!!!
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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