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HOPA Dry Erase Board Hoax

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Filed under: Media Pranks

From Jonathan: An oldie but goodie scam on media…


Aspiring young actress auditions and gets selected by The Chive comedy site to pretend to quit her job via photos of messages on a dry erase board which she supposedly emails to all her co-workers at 4:30 a.m. blasting her sexist, dumbass boss in August of 2010. The story goes viral by the time the Internet wakes up.

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The whole story is dissected on TechCrunch (which fell hot and heavy for the hoax) here.

Flappy Bird Fakes

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Filed under: Fact or Fiction?, Fraud and Deception, Hype

From Joe King: Flappy Bird game creator, Dong Nguyen, unceremoniously removed his hugely successful app from app stores, however, Graham Cluley reports: Criminals appear to be selling fake flappy bird games. This is probably a bigger threat to western civilization than NSA’s encroachments.

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Regardless, speculation abounds about why he removed the game from play.

  • ‘Flappy Bird’ creator cites ‘addiction’ for pulling game, USA Today
  • Then, there’s this from Jefferson Graham, also of USA Today:

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    Sid Caesar- Auto Smashup

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    From Erin: Sid and Coca–no sitcom team ever did it as good as they did. And that is LIVE laughter. RIP Sid Caesar.


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    Ask The Fiddler #23: Overcoming a Fowl Fear

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    fiddler-75Editor’s Note: Ask The Fiddler is a lifestyle advice column that aims to remedy more chaos and confusion than it creates. Questions may be submitted to us here at Art of the Prank, and good luck.


    Dear Fiddler,

    I am afraid of chickens. It’s affecting my livelihood, can you help?

    Harlan in KY

    Dear Harlan,

    I could really get into this if you had said giant chickens. They’re featured in several B horror flicks. But realistically, the biggest actual chicken I’ve found weighs in at a mere 23 lbs. 3 oz., an Australian chap who has since gone off to the great roost in the sky.

    ErnestGoh_Chicken_Thewalk-200Maybe you’ve got tucked away in your subconscious a nightmare memory of the great Tennessee Super Chicken hoax. I can’t find any other reference to it, so perhaps the story was concocted on-site.

    Is it perfectly reasonable to fear chickens? A California man was killed by a chicken in 2011. He was attending a cockfight. When it comes to inhumane treatment of animals, it’s hard not to celebrate when the tormented creature strikes back.

    Your malady is called Alektorophobia, the fear of chickens. It’s rare, but obviously it exists because someone gave it a name. Wikipedia says: “People with alektorophobia tend to feel uneasy around chickens, or around certain places in which chickens are known to reside, such as farms. … Some people scream, cry, have trouble breathing, have excessive sweating or even heart trouble when they come in contact with an area near chickens, or occasionally even eggs or feathers. In some extreme cases, even a picture or a realistic drawing of a chicken can also trigger fear.” (more…)

    Kultur Jamming with the Russian Police

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    Members of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir perform a rousing rendition of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ before Friday’s Opening Ceremony. The original video with better quality is available at the NBC Olympics website.

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    Russian Flash Mob

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    From Erin


    A couple of years old, but fitting to welcome in the Sochi Olympics

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    Chinese Flight Attendant Flash Mob

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    Pudong flight attendants in Shanghai stage flash mob dance to entertain passengers as the Chinese Spring Festival begins.

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    Pubic Hair is Center Stage for Valentine’s Day

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    From Erin: Wait till you see the new Barbie doll!


    American Apparel’s Valentines’ Day window display causes a sensation on New York’s Lower East Side. Read about it at rawstory.com and Gothamist

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    On Squaids and Squids

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    David Emery investigates urban legends, hoaxes, rumors, and all manner of codswallop for About.com. Hears a taste of this week’s fodder. For more, check out About.com Urban Legends:


    Internet Prank Causes ‘SQUAIDS’ Panic in NJ Township

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    The Ocean County Health Department issued a press release yesterday responding to “numerous calls and emails” about an online report claiming that the squirrel population of Lacey Township, New Jersey is infected with a communicable disease called “SQUAIDS.” Read more…


    Giant Squid Found in California?

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    Viral article claims a 160-foot-long giant squid was found washed up on a California beach and is believed to have originated from waters near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. Read more…


    U.S. Run by Alien Nazis Since Eisenhower’s Time. Sounds About Right.

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    From Joe King:


    y_nutsNick Farrell writes for Fudzilla.com in Iranians buy into web hoax that the Fars News Agency, Iran’s “semi-official news agency” ran a story, in all seriousness, that the U.S. has been run by Nazi aliens since Dwight Eisenhower’s era in the 1950s. The information reportedly comes from Edward Snowden’s documents. Believe this story at your own peril. Read the full story here.

    Springsteen & Fallon Born to Run Together

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    Bruce Springsteen & Jimmy Fallon: “Gov. Christie Traffic Jam” (“Born To Run” Parody)

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    Dyson Sucks

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    From Erin:


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    John Gray on the Power of Unknown Knowns

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    Filed under: The Big One

    From Joe King: We can proceed blithely into the chaos of war or financial ruin provided we ignore obvious truths…


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    John Gray, a political philosopher and author of False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism, explores “facts that we prefer to forget” on BBC News’ A Point of View.


    Patrice Letarnec’s Upside Down World

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    Photos from Patrice Letarnec

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    via Laughing Squid

    Washing Machine Prank Goes Wrong

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    man-washing-machine-200An Australian man, attempting to prank his girlfriend, jumped into his washing machine. He intended to scare her when she came into the room. But he got stuck and couldn’t get out. Rescue workers freed him, but only after pouring olive oil on him. He then popped right out.

    He was disappointed they had used his good olive oil.

    Read more:

  • A naked man becomes stuck in a washing machine after a risky game of hide and seek, news.com.au