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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

gulp
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

I was worried this was yet another favourite site that had fallen into disuse. Thank heavens you're back!
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

The stories of drop bears are generally exaggerated, However... I have personally had the bajeezus scared out of me by a real huge buck koala. Sometimes they descend to the ground to settle their territorial differences and show a side that is rarely seen by humans.

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

Great to hear that! You've done a lot of good work. I'll be looking forward to seeing more updates on this site. smile
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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Posted by Kerri Collins on Mar 31, 2015 - 05:18 AM
From the entry: The Toilet-Paper Eating Mom

Creepy still, but good to know it's fake.
Posted by Matt on Mar 29, 2015 - 12:14 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

WTH...thread goes dry in 2010 and Mr. Mojo Risin pops up from the WV MTNS. and posts this??? Hi Jim!!!
Posted by Robert Fairweather on Mar 28, 2015 - 02:10 PM
From the entry: Is Jim Morrison Alive?

For anyone familiar with Liechtenstein's geography, this picture and caption ("Women boarding a ship, on their way to Liechtenstein") might have been another clue...
Posted by Jochen on Mar 26, 2015 - 11:06 AM
From the entry: Brides for Liechtenstein

Can some one please tell me the names of the people in the photo? (wouldnt mind the name of the guy "falling"
Posted by BillyBob on Mar 6, 2015 - 12:17 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

How about using these photos as a sanity test on people pretending to be educated, intelligent and sentient beings?

If they think they could be fairies, we lock them up and deport them? smile

Solve a lot of our current problems.
Posted by Stuart Halliday on Mar 4, 2015 - 03:57 PM
From the entry: The Rossendale Fairies

This is fake as shit, nothing in this this is true. Its a bigger lie than Taylor Swifts love life. Its a dumbass doll. Sorry, but this is stupid.
Posted by Mr.Steal Your Girl on Mar 3, 2015 - 12:20 PM
From the entry: Abbagoochie

It seems to me the most probable reason for Poinsettia to be considered poisonous is it belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, which includes many poisonous species, ie. Ricinus communis (castor beans). Specifically, the latex of all the speciues of the genus Euphorbia is considered to be poisonous. Given Euphorbia has more than 2000 species I doubt they have all been tested for toxicity, so this traditional view may by erring on the side of safety (moreover in plants the content of active substances can vary widely depending on a lot of factors, cultivation being an important one).
Posted by Mauro on Mar 2, 2015 - 06:58 AM
From the entry: The Myth of the Poisonous Poinsettia

this is only propaganda.they dont no muslim means mussalam iman no body can change his iman even you will show the elephant is flying muslim will never believe muslim only believe on god
Posted by EQBAL on Mar 1, 2015 - 12:09 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

I know the man who took these photos. That is his daughter and son in law's dog in England.
Posted by Matt Durham on Feb 26, 2015 - 06:11 PM
From the entry: Is the "Hercules the World's Biggest Dog" photo fake, as everyone has assumed?

Fareese is right. This is a joke. Religion is wrong, bad, counterproductive, and just foolish. People who teach this garbage to their kids should be whipped. All that aside Brunei looks lovely. Have a great day. Saad, logic will set you free from that silliness.
Posted by wes on Feb 26, 2015 - 11:02 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

That cant be real it is so fake look at the proof before you post man.
Posted by John lee on Feb 25, 2015 - 12:55 PM
From the entry: The Demon on a Hospital Bed

Back when I worked with adolescents in group homes, I had a client who did exactly that- eat toilet paper. Her pica was pretty strong and we limited her to one roll per day. Because of her drive, we had to control the TP for all the other clients. The worst part was trying to find a non-bleached and unscented TP that would be safe for her to eat.
Posted by Dave Eiffert on Feb 24, 2015 - 08:03 AM
From the entry: The Toilet-Paper Eating Mom

I am not a fan of Olympic games; nevertheless, I would like to inform everyone that there are no wolves in or around Sochi. There are jackals, but not plausibly in the Olympic village.
Posted by Russian Skeptic on Feb 24, 2015 - 04:16 AM
From the entry: The Wolf of Sochi

I am a flying horse and I find this insulting.
Posted by Fareese on Feb 23, 2015 - 04:01 AM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

Try to see the terms of islam accept islam.this is a miracle of Allah.Christians,you believe Allah but say he has a son Allah does not have any father,mother,son,daughter.My islamic brothers you should also try to spread islam.there is no jesus kind of thing there is only one god if there were many gods there were would be a conflict and fighting with gods please just try to be a muslim it will reallx be worth it.
Posted by m.saad on Feb 21, 2015 - 10:29 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

This video is real i am a muslim i believe this you can try to make people think it is fake.i warn you people embrace islam it will make your lives good if not in the world but on the day of judgment. I am trying to save your future please accept islam
Posted by m.saad on Feb 21, 2015 - 10:16 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

Where oh where to begin- You can see the string. The legs are not moving. It only has 2 legs. It is identical to known balloons. Only a deity worshiping savage would believe in such a thing in this day and age. You and all your invisible boogie-men are holding back the rest of humanity.
Posted by wes on Feb 20, 2015 - 04:11 PM
From the entry: Flying Horse in Saudi Arabia

Ha! Great Haiku J!
Posted by Josh on Feb 15, 2015 - 01:11 AM
From the entry: Upland Trout

The story seems totally believable to me. There's a whole TV series about people like her called "Freaky Eaters". I even know someone that should be on that show. A customer at the gas station I work at comes every couple of weeks and buys all the baby powder we have, and starts eating it right at the checkout.
Posted by Rev. Jason Russell Jones, Inc. on Feb 12, 2015 - 10:31 PM
From the entry: The Toilet-Paper Eating Mom

Hi all. I am the Sam Cowan referenced in the article, and for the record, I had nothing to do with this picture. I snagged it from a Something Awful "Post Creepy Photos" thread sometime between 2006 and 2009. I most definitely had no involvement in creating it, just thought it was cool. (Something Awful can be pretty dumb, but there are some good photo threads with stuff like that.) Sorry I can't add any more info!
Posted by Sam Cowan on Feb 1, 2015 - 10:05 AM
From the entry: The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

I am truely in stuck in a state of amazement to see what so many people who never knew me, know what I should have, could have, or would have been in todays modern times...judgement is the poison of the human population! And a brick layer people! Get real! The whole reason I finished fucking college in the first place was to avoid getting an average every day shit job and the thought of being drafted was just overwhelming, I wanted to live my life just as all of you do. And there is one thing you have all let slip your narrow minds while comparing photographs...I have something mr.loyer or anyone else in this world has. The teeth...or what my attorney would call dental records.
Posted by mr. mojo risin on Jan 30, 2015 - 07:34 PM
From the entry: Is Jim Morrison Alive?

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

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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

 
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