A note from the curator

I've recently started work on a new book, which is the reason for my absence from the site. I need to deliver the manuscript to the publisher (Macmillan) by June 2010. I assume it will be published in late 2010 or early 2011. The title is still undecided, but the book will essentially be a sequel to Elephants on Acid — though sequels are always worse than the original, so I prefer to think of it as an entirely new project that also happens to be about bizarre things done in the name of science.

Other people seem to be able to work on several projects simultaneously, but I just can't do it. So after working all day on researching and writing about science, I find it very hard to mentally switch gears and think about what hoaxy things to post on the site.

Nevertheless, as days go by and I don't post anything, I start to feel a nagging sense of guilt. So in order to alleviate this sense of guilt, what I'm going to try to do is to post stuff, but make it as short and simple as possible. Essentially just a link and a quotation. My theory is that if I don't have to think much about what I'm posting, I may be inclined to post more often. That's better than not posting at all... at least until the book is done.

We'll see how it goes. If you all see any hoax-related items in the news, forward me the links, and that'll make my job even easier.


Posted on Fri Oct 16, 2009


We all know that the real reason you aren't posting on the site is because they got to you....... :gulp:

Don't worry, just talk into the lampshade and one of our operatives (were we to have any such things of course) will be by to 'relieve' you. :coolgrin:
Posted by daveprime  on  Fri Oct 16, 2009  at  04:47 PM
Yay, new book! Aww...not-so-frequent posting.
Posted by Smerk  on  Fri Oct 16, 2009  at  07:59 PM
congrats!! too many hoax updates isnt good anyway, quality over quantity. im sure the balloon kid will be on here sometime soon, though i dont think it deserves to be because a two hour lie isnt a hoax...
Posted by mysticx0  on  Sat Oct 17, 2009  at  04:42 PM
Just throw out the seeds....think of us as the fertilizer,, we'll make them grow.
Posted by Canadarm  on  Sat Oct 17, 2009  at  06:14 PM
Actually, he's been posting, just under all those fake names with the comment about speaking bad English andthe stupid sentence. Merely as a wa to test us, to see if we get annoyed at the drivel.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Sun Oct 18, 2009  at  09:21 AM
Delegate to someone else for the time being. And kill that spammer.
Posted by Mr R  on  Mon Oct 19, 2009  at  01:47 AM
If only we could...
Posted by Smerk  on  Mon Oct 19, 2009  at  06:28 AM
is that the reason why I didn't see much Balloon Boy stuff here of late? Oh, the humanity
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Nov 02, 2009  at  04:43 PM
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