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>>I really dislike the Cryptozoology News site, and Earthfiles

But they do have some humor value!
Posted by The Curator on Aug 28, 2014 - 09:58 PM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

I really dislike the Cryptozoology News site, and Earthfiles is also a collection of mostly unverified stories. Neither are reliable sources. So I'm glad they are showing up on the hoax site. grin

I would strongly discourage people thinking too deeply into the "news" from those sites. I wouldn't trust them as far as I could toss a dwarf (or gnome).

Love the new site, Alex.
Posted by Doubtful News on Aug 28, 2014 - 10:00 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

Especially the third image (earthfiles dot com link) looks very much like a small horse with someone dressed in purple (raincoat?) sitting on it.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:20 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

Or a horse with a Klu Klux Klan wizard on it.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:17 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

To me it looks like a deer with a sack over its head. The back-part is very deer-like, if you look carefully you can make out a tail. Also fits the very thin legs relative to the figure.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:13 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

Here, Judge Floro has to weigh in.
Posted by LaMa on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:04 AM
From the entry: Gnome sighting in Pennsylvania

I don't believe in a lot of things, but for some reason, I want to believe in Nessie!
Posted by Dana on Aug 26, 2014 - 07:21 PM
From the entry: Nessie Explanations

Is this another hoax?
Posted by David Guilford on Aug 25, 2014 - 06:53 PM
From the entry: The Museum of Hoaxes is Moving!

Congrats on your new domain name! smile

Regarding the issue with the webpages and redirecting the old domain... I think I may have a different approach to solve this.

Instead of moving files,and then redirecting the old domain to the new one, you should add Hoaxes.org to your old site... I would give detailed info, but I am not sure what kind of hosting you were/are using, and the CMSes involved.

Feel free to contact me via email. I'd be very glad to help.

Regards
Posted by Say on Aug 25, 2014 - 01:11 AM
From the entry: Hoaxes.org

The RSS feed is still working. This post came through as normal on Feedly.
Posted by Smerk on Aug 22, 2014 - 09:51 PM
From the entry: Hoaxes.org

Good luck in your new home! smile By the way, I'm a removal man by profession. I'll happily pitch in at the weekend and help carry some words and pictures from one host to another.
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Aug 20, 2014 - 01:26 AM
From the entry: The Museum of Hoaxes is Moving!

No, and the FCC won't allow them to introduce a "semi-fascist bullshit" tag.
Posted by Richard Bos on Aug 19, 2014 - 04:42 AM
From the entry: Facebook debuts satire tag

Not for nothing is this guy the announcer for Plan 9 From Outer Space.
Posted by Richard Bos on Aug 19, 2014 - 04:38 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 18

So, will Fox News be labeled as 'satire' too... ?
Posted by LaMa on Aug 19, 2014 - 02:56 AM
From the entry: Facebook debuts satire tag

He'd make a fine mascot for the Museum of Hoaxes.
Posted by Peter Mount on Aug 18, 2014 - 08:31 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 18

Paul -- I wasn't sure because newspaper reports from the time that showed her picture spelled it "Sherie". And because it looks like a high school yearbook photo, I assumed they were getting the spelling from the yearbook. Which doesn't mean they were spelling it correctly. But it just seemed like they were closer to an official source.
Posted by The Curator on Aug 17, 2014 - 07:09 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 24

It took them HOW long to figure this out?!
ahahaha
Posted by Tard on Aug 12, 2014 - 09:25 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 9

Shepherd was an amazing character and many of his old radio shows are hilarious. This is one of several sites dedicated to him.
http://www.flicklives.com/
Posted by Doug on Aug 10, 2014 - 03:04 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 1

It's kind of a simple hoax due to the images being so obviously clear as with other images which are usually barely in focus..
Posted by carl m milligan on Aug 10, 2014 - 05:55 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 3

Just an FYI... her name is misspelled. Should be Cherie with a "C".
Posted by Paul on Aug 6, 2014 - 08:38 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 24

I found two published books of Vic And Sade scripts from 1972 and 1976. It appears there weren't any before that, which would mean Shepherd expected the bookseller to find him some original scripts, not a realistic expectation to me. Kind of a funny story, but also an illustration that Shepherd needed to lighten the hell up.
Posted by Brian on Aug 1, 2014 - 10:42 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: August 1

The funniest thing of all is about Lithunian rather than Latin grin It gives the story some real flavour.
Posted by Russian Skeptic on Jul 30, 2014 - 03:12 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: July 28

Pity he wasn't called Jake.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 29, 2014 - 06:37 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: July 28

Turns out that she's still around, and has had four children over the years, among other accomplishments:

http://www.nndb.com/people/402/000166901/
Posted by John Lewis on Jul 28, 2014 - 01:48 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: July 21

I'm sure famed Hollywood prankster Rory Emerald is behind this!
Posted by Andrew on Jul 27, 2014 - 05:32 AM
From the entry: 100-year-old Time Capsule Letter Hoax

hmmm
Posted by JERIC PANGANIBAN on Jul 27, 2014 - 04:21 AM
From the entry: Is the "Hercules the World's Biggest Dog" photo fake, as everyone has assumed?

Phallic shape... horse marines. Anything longer than it is wide can be taken as "phallic" by a lawyer with a repressedly pædophiliac mind, and often will.

Nestlé have many, many, many faults. Making the Milky Bar in the first place isn't the worst of them by a long shot. But putting a penis on children's candy is Robin Jacobs's fault, not Nestlé's.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 19, 2014 - 06:06 AM
From the entry: Milkybar Pareidolia

still love it even tho its fake very pretty grin
Posted by kristal on Jul 17, 2014 - 02:10 PM
From the entry: Long Exposure Photo of a Tree Struck by Lightning

3 days ago I saw exactly the same phenomenon in my back garden. I went outside at 7.30am and saw these flies (they do look a lot like depictions of fairies) going up and down in rays of the morning sun, which turned them golden. I called my husband to come and have a look because I had never seen any insect like this before. They had very long (about an inch or so) legs and looked exactly like the photos John Hyatt had taken. I did laugh to myself and called them 'fairy flies' the minute I saw them ... their behaviour was fascinating, just going up and down in straight lines. We have a rather back-to-nature pond and surmised that they had all hatched from there. We went outside the following morning and this morning and saw nothing, so it really appeared to be a one off, and I feel quite privileged to have seen them. If you are of a fanciful nature, you might think they were fairies. And why not? Life has lost its magic.
Posted by Andria on Jul 16, 2014 - 10:59 AM
From the entry: The Rossendale Fairies

In the early sixties, Woody Allen had a monologue/joke about someone throwing a Bible at him, but thankfully it was deflected by a bullet in his pocket.
Posted by Kevino Gracia on Jul 16, 2014 - 10:30 AM
From the entry: Bible Didn't Stop Bullets

Surely that spells J600? Maybe even J6008. Definitely not God.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 15, 2014 - 08:29 AM
From the entry: Hair Curl Pareidolia

This also shouldn't be confused with what's been called 'fading (or disappearing) redhead syndrome'; a cascade of loosely connected physiological symptoms and characteristics that can be identified by a child born with red to red-blond hair that turns dark at or around puberty.
Posted by Garaan on Jul 14, 2014 - 11:59 PM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

Even ghosts are taking selfies now! Well, photo-sharing social medias should give special attention to those new potential users wink
Posted by Mrs_Foxx on Jul 13, 2014 - 07:45 AM
From the entry: Selfie taken by a ghost

I recall the triceratops picture going around last year sometime, too. I can't say that it wasn't Jay Branscomb that originated it that time, but it certainly wasn't in relation to Kendall Jones at that time.
Posted by Tah on Jul 12, 2014 - 11:42 AM
From the entry: Spielberg Slaughters A Triceratops

I should add to this that since both parents have to carry the relevant genes to pass the trait on and in only 25% of these cases these genes truely express in a child with read hair and fair skin, the relevant genes survive in the gene pool even if people with red hair would have a reduced chance of survival to reproductive age. So the trait will continue, as people without red hair and fair skin can carry the relevant genes (and the trait pops up when they mate with a second individual without red hair but with the relevant gene trait). Another reason why Dr Moffatt is surprisingly wrong for a geneticist.
Posted by LaMa on Jul 11, 2014 - 04:22 AM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

Indeed, this is nonsense.
First of all: is the larger share of red hair in the northern British Isles the result of selection on red hair because of the environment (climate)? Or is it the result of a founder population effect? i.e. that the founding population initially was small and contained a rare trait (redheads) by chance that got genetically dominant because of this founder effect and the continued genetic isolation of an island.
Second: even if it is climate that selected on redheads, this does not mean that changing climate will make them disappear. First of all, the genes are well-entrenched in the N-British population. Given the significant percentage of the gene pool they represent, they will survive in the gene pool even if no clear positive selection continues to work on them. They will only disappear if some clearly negative selection criterion will start to work on them. Mere climate change will not necessarily do that. For at least some time (if not by definition, as I will argue), redheads will continue to benefit from their increased capability of producing vitamin D compared to non-redheads. Even in a very sunny climate, at 53-54 North latitude the amount of sunlight per day is limited compared to lower latitudes (especially in winter). Someone with fair skin will *always* be in an advantageous position so far North. It is not likely that negative effects will truely matter, certainly as modern people wear clothes, use sunlotion and do not work outside all day. It is unlikely anyway that an increase in skincancer or someting like that will kill off redheads before they can reproduce (and that is what matters), rather than when they are 40. 54 North is not Australia: half of the year the sun is extremely low in the sky and only shines for an extremely short period of the day at this latitude, and climate change will not change that. An increased capability to produce vitamin D will stay advantageous under these conditions.
In other words: the positive selection factor (a better vitamin D production capability) will stay and continue to be beneficial. Negative selection factors appear negligible. Ad to that a potential additional positive selection factor in that positive sexual selection on redheads could be present in the N-British culture, and it is clear that redheads will not disappear.
Posted by LaMa on Jul 11, 2014 - 04:14 AM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

So the locally-born natural redheads and blondes below 50 degrees north latitude I've known are just part of some mass hallucination? We have these inventions around here called "hats" and "buildings" that could possibly help.

Dr. Moffatt is apparent proof that too much sun is bad for you.
Posted by Loyalton on Jul 9, 2014 - 11:28 PM
From the entry: The Disappearing Redhead Gene

I first heard of this on a "ridiculous lawsuits" site that said it was by a West German tourist whose RV microwave was done cooking. The more oddly specific you make your claim, the more people will believe it.
Posted by Bill the Splut on Jul 9, 2014 - 03:01 PM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: July 9

Did they test ricochets?
Posted by Ironsides on Jul 9, 2014 - 09:01 AM
From the entry: Bible Didn't Stop Bullets

Also... Gruebbersolvik? Really?
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 8, 2014 - 06:52 AM
From the entry: My Lips Are For Blowing

Note, though, that in earlier times books - including bibles - used to be bound in more solid materials than mere cardboard, for those who could (or wanted to, in the case of a bible) afford it, and often reinforced as well; and guns of those days were not nearly as powerful. A story about a musket ball bouncing off a copper stud, or even getting stuck in the leather cover, is rather more believable than one of a handgun bullet being stopped by a modern hardcover.
Posted by Richard Bos on Jul 8, 2014 - 06:39 AM
From the entry: Bible Didn't Stop Bullets

DNA from a family member? So it's not really Van Gogh's ear, but a part of the family. Like a family earloom, er heirloom?
Posted by Tah on Jul 7, 2014 - 11:15 PM
From the entry: Van Gogh's ear on display

Let's not forget to mention that the woman strikingly resembles Zooey Deschanel.
Posted by Tah on Jul 7, 2014 - 11:10 PM
From the entry: My Lips Are For Blowing

A well-written and informative article.
When I look at it now, it looks pretty shoddy, especially compared to the images I'm making for the New Twisted Vintage.
Museum of Hoaxes looks like a pretty cool site - I'll check it out when I have some time.
Posted by michael mcdonnell on Jul 7, 2014 - 10:06 PM
From the entry: My Lips Are For Blowing

A dead giveaway for typography buffs: the type is set in Arial, which definiitely didn't exist when this record supposedly was made. Furthermore, the setting of the type is awful regardless of font, and at that time typography was still the domain of professionals.
Posted by John on Jul 7, 2014 - 07:40 PM
From the entry: My Lips Are For Blowing

You can't carbon date a bloke. That's not how it works. You could carbon date his corpse and that would tell you the date of his death. So yay...

Posted by Molden on Jul 3, 2014 - 04:15 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

What about the feeding habits of great whites when it comes to seals. I have seen how sharks will bite a seal and let go while waiting for the seal to bleed to death so as to avoid injury which an injured seal is capable of inflicting on a shark.

Is it possible sharks behave the same way in some attacks on humans especially considering we may be unfamiliar prey. I wouldn't be surprised if a shark were to consume us after bleeding to death and bobbing around in the water for a while

Posted by erik on Jul 2, 2014 - 11:34 PM
From the entry: Do sharks dislike the taste of human flesh?

I'm surprised people are even speculating on this. Drop bears are absolutely real, they are the third biggest killer in Australia behind the Huntsmen spider and the Poisonous Possum.

Nobody has ever survived a drop bear attack to live to tell the tale, but campaigners are out there such as Drop Bear Aware, putting up signs and warning tourists of the danger. Let's face facts, why would a drop bear onesie exist if a drop bear didn't: http://www.animalsuits.com.au/shop/drop-bear-onesie/

Case closed, this should be removed from the Museum of Hoaxes and promoted to the Museum of Deadly Killer Animals
Posted by Tom on Jun 30, 2014 - 08:39 PM
From the entry: Drop Bear

I always think the salient point of the Kenneth Arnold sighting is that his description of them as 'flying saucers' applied to the movement of the observed objects, but in subsequent UFO reports the term 'saucer' describes the objects' shape. This suggests to me many UFO reports have been influenced by a misunderstanding of the language of this early report, which lends little weight to their veracity.

However, it should also be noted luminous disk and cigar shaped objects in the sky have been reported since long before Arnold's sighting. Charles Fort records several from the 19th century.
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Jun 24, 2014 - 11:24 AM
From the entry: This Day in the History of Hoaxes: June 24

Here's an interesting side note: Martha's story is mentioned in the 1964 book "Empyreal Sea" by Hilton Hotema, along with about 30 other examples of people who reportedly did not eat for long periods of time. Hotema was an alternative health writer who believed that it was possible to derive sustenance from air and sunlight rather than from food. I don't buy his theory, but the case examples make interesting reading.
Posted by Mike on Jun 22, 2014 - 08:17 AM
From the entry: Martha Nasch -- the woman who didn't need to eat or drink