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Links for Oct 22, 2014


Sam Neill tweets that he's still alive, despite some rumors to the contrary. [twitter] RFID Chips In Ebola Vaccine?

Is it organic, or is it McDonalds?

Two guys (Sacha and Cedrique) from a Dutch show called LifeHunters visited a food convention in Houten where they offered the "food experts" in attendance samples of what they said was a "new organic alternative to fast food." In reality, they served bite-sized pieces of McDonalds food.

Links for Oct 20, 2014: Banksy arrest, etc.

Banksy has not been arrested, nor has his identity been revealed [independent.co.uk] Australia’s greatest hoaxes: the pranks the tricked a nation [Herald Sun] Another food contamination hoax?

Quick Links: Chemtrails, Outer Baldonia, etc.

This guy fooled millions of chemtrail conspiracy theorists, now they want his head. [deadstate.org] "GIVE ME FISH, NOT FEDERALISM" Outer Baldonia and Performances of Micronationality.

Crabzilla


A photo of what appears to be a gigantic crab lurking in the waters of Whitstable harbour in Kent recently went viral, after first appearing on the Weird Whitstable website.

The Chicago River Hippo

The mystery of the Chicago River hippo has been solved. The hippo first came to the public's attention on September 15, when a video of it swimming in the Chicago River was posted to YouTube by "Chris O" (who had never posted anything to YouTube before).

Quck Links: Grey Lady Ghost, etc.

Is this a picture of the Grey Lady Ghost of Dudley Castle? [Birmingham Mail] Sondra Arquiett had agreed to help with a drug investigation as part of a sentencing deal, but didn't realize this help would include the DEA's use of her pictures to create a fake Facebook page.

Making It Pleasant For The Horse, 1884


A recent article by Barry Smith in the Elko Daily Free Press delves into the tall tales and hoaxes that were the hallmark of Nevada journalism in the late 19th century.

Microsoft skips Windows 9


On September 30, Microsoft announced the upcoming release of the latest version of its operating system, Windows 10.

Russians worship Jesus tree


After gardeners trimmed the old branches off a tree in the village of Burmakino in central Russia's Kirov Oblast last month, people noticed a pattern in the wood grain of one of the cut branches that looked like the face of Jesus.

Quick Links: Ebola Zombie Victim, etc.


A viral picture apparently showing a Liberian Ebola victim who had 'risen from the dead' is actually a screenshot from the film World War Z.

Added to the archive: The Plainfield Teachers

I added an article about the Plainfield Teachers hoax from 1941 to the archive. This is considered a classic sports hoax, in which a stockbroker, Morris Newburger, discovered that he was able to get football scores for a fake college team reported in major papers, including the New York Times, simply by calling the sports desks of the papers and reporting the score.

The Cheerleader Poops


Seven days ago (on Sep 30) a photo of "terrified cheerleaders" was uploaded to reddit, where it was presented as material for a "photoshop battle," in which the challenge is to creatively alter the original image.

Self-Castrating Beavers


As part of his ongoing "Fantastically Wrong" series at Wired.com, Matt Simon investigates the ancient legend that beavers will chew off their own testicles when pursued and throw them back at their pursuer, in this way making their escape.

October snow in New Jersey?


An article headlined "Large snowstorm could slam N.J. next week" recently went viral on Facebook, gaining thousands of shares and causing many people to express concern.

Sasquatch Watching a Passing Train


A photo supposedly showing a "Sasquatch watching a passing train" recently began doing the rounds online, after it appeared as the Photo of the Day on the website of Coast to Coast AM, where it was submitted by "Ricky B".

Feejee Mermaid For Sale


For £800, you can purchase this genuine Feejee Mermaid from Pyewackett & Pecke, makers of curios, oddities, & artefacts.

Artist makes millions selling invisible art


CBC Radio's satirical This is That show recently ran a segment about artist Lana Newstrom, who is supposedly making millions by selling invisible art.

Emergent

An article in the NY Times briefly profiles Emergent, a new website created by Craig Silverman which aims to track the dissemination of rumors online.

Asahi Shimbun Corrects Itself

The Asahi Shimbun (circulation 7.6 million) recently issued some corrections. It was not true, despite previous statements, that writer Seiji Yoshida had kidnapped 200 women during World War II to act as "comfort women." Apparently Yoshida made up his claims.


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