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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

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Posted by RaymondFew on Dec 22, 2014 - 04:48 PM
From the entry: The Toilet-Paper Eating Mom

"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.
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
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.
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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

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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 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 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:

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

As the motel owner in Mammoth, (and there is only one)  I can only say that I lost some business due to the story and an apology does not put that trust back in my guests that cancelled their reservations. I only have 11 guest rooms,  I'm not a big hotel chain, I can't afford this kind of reputation in my town.  
Posted by Violet B on Dec 2, 2014 - 05:10 PM
From the entry: Terror in Mammoth, Arizona

Interesting photo. I was fooled because I actually believed it was a picture of something genuinely supernatural. That's too bad. However, authentic photos of spirits/ghosts are rare but that's what makes them interesting, after all.
Posted by Marie Longoria on Dec 2, 2014 - 02:51 PM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

She has been on Steve Wilkos show and it has ruined her dreams as a cheerleader, she doesn't even want to be a cheerleader because she didnt want anymore agro. Shame on the people who did this!!!! May you get the same agro that this poor girl has had...
Posted by Tiffani Jones on Dec 2, 2014 - 12:45 PM
From the entry: The Cheerleader Poops

Well, as a child I had a slide-tape called 'Geese of Aunt Thecla's'. It was a picture-story about a lady who made some cherry wine and threw out the cherries, and her geese ate them up. So the geese dropped drunk, and the lady, presuming that they were dead, plucked them. But they suddenly rose, with no feathers on, and she had to make clothes for them.
It was presented as fiction, indeed. I saw it in mid-1980s but the tape was from 1970s or maybe even earlier.
Posted by Russian Skeptic on Nov 29, 2014 - 01:30 PM
From the entry: The Legend of the Chloroformed Turkey

The deception is all in the candlesticks. Look at the candles. See how they send an even dark shadow from the flash to the back wall? If the candles in the forefront are creating such definition, then the people (closer to the wall) would create even more of a pronounced shadow. NO shadows at all behind the people? But look.....shadow around the falling man.
It would seem the falling man is what is real and the women and children are the ghosts!!!
Posted by greg on Nov 29, 2014 - 08:27 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Well the story is obviously a fake. If you looking for a scientific argument from my part, you barking at the wrong genious. I can't give you one. However I am religious and I do believe what the Bible says about people who lived for hundreds of years. After Adam and Eve were banished from Eden they become mortal and susceptible to disease and cellular degradation which they passed on to their children, who then passed that on to their children and so on. By now our cells are so degraded that we would never be able to figure out how they supposedly looked like if they haven't degraded. In my opinion it is also the answer why we have so many diseases, why are there so many kinds of people and why we can't live for that long anymore. Science one day might find a way to give people longer lifespans, but you can patch a hole only that many times...
Posted by Peter Samu on Nov 28, 2014 - 06:58 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

People don't live to 179! They just don't.
Of course it's a hoax.

Posted by Dan on Nov 27, 2014 - 02:11 PM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Nah, that can't be right! Certainly in the UK, our tabloids will print anything. 'I ATE JESUS says man'. A selfie with the blessed food item entering his maw would be all that was required as proof. It would be front page news for The Sun. wink
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Nov 27, 2014 - 11:21 AM
From the entry: Breaded Chicken Jesus

It was an interesting documentary overall. The bit about the baby came in the latter third and the evidence wasn't terribly convincing. Lavinia never appears to have been pregnant, and it seems more likely that a baby Barnum hired to masquerade as theirs died and was buried as theirs, with presumably an enormous payoff to the real parents.

Still the doc was very informative about their lives and I enjoyed it.
Posted by Charybdis on Nov 27, 2014 - 10:31 AM
From the entry: Tom Thumb's baby not a hoax?

Sitting here we are making all sorts of comments.Why not some one visit Varanasi; make some investigations before drawong conclusion.
Posted by Akhtar on Nov 27, 2014 - 02:49 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Charybdis -- I'll try that. Thanks!
Posted by The Curator on Nov 26, 2014 - 08:33 PM
From the entry: Tom Thumb's baby not a hoax?

If you want a work-around you can try using the Hola extension with Firefox to route through a UK proxy. It works pretty automatically, though you may have to reload the page a few times to get it to finally work.
Posted by Charybdis on Nov 26, 2014 - 11:45 AM
From the entry: Tom Thumb's baby not a hoax?

You should remove this picture since the young girl is still being bullied over it!! Shame on you for keeping the picture up. Maybe she will sue you too...
Posted by Madcountrygirl on Nov 26, 2014 - 10:43 AM
From the entry: The Cheerleader Poops

@Nathan -- I should add that to the list of examples. I'm pretty sure Moe Howard was just repeating a good story he had heard!

That story from Howard's book is excerpted here:
Posted by The Curator on Nov 26, 2014 - 07:57 AM
From the entry: The Legend of the Chloroformed Turkey

Oddly, I was just reading Moe Howard's autobiography, and he mentions this story as actually happening to a group of showgirls from the 1929 play A Night in Venice, which he actually appeared in with the Stooges.
Posted by Nathan Filizzi on Nov 25, 2014 - 05:30 PM
From the entry: The Legend of the Chloroformed Turkey

There was a successful Broadway musical some years back; didn't become a movie but the London production is on video:

That "Barnum" was definitely about the myth, even making Jenny Lind a romantic object.
Posted by DBenson on Nov 24, 2014 - 11:20 PM
From the entry: Barnum, the Musical

To go even further, baby Jesus looks a little like a traditional flying saucer that has landed.
Posted by Kurt E. Guye on Nov 24, 2014 - 11:48 AM
From the entry: Baby Jesus in the manger watched over by 2 T-rexes

Believe me, there was no system of issuing a birth certificate 179 years ago. In India, despite whatever gains, developments, and being mandatory, people hardly register births of their children. Whether the site disclaims or not, the certificate they talk of now, is fake. Period.
Posted by Rajgopal on Nov 24, 2014 - 09:57 AM
From the entry: Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

Pete -- I guess those cases don't make it to the news!
Posted by The Curator on Nov 24, 2014 - 08:06 AM
From the entry: Breaded Chicken Jesus

Doesn't anyone ever see an image of Jesus on their food and think, 'Wow! An image of Jesus! I wonder if it tastes any holier,' and then just eat it anyway? If I saw an image of Jesus on my toast or something, I'd definitely eat it
Posted by Pete Byrdie on Nov 24, 2014 - 12:49 AM
From the entry: Breaded Chicken Jesus

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