Filed under: Urban Legends
Bigfoot spotted at New York’s annual Gay Pride Parade, June 29, 2014:
Thanks Nick Gaetano
Bigfoot spotted at New York’s annual Gay Pride Parade, June 29, 2014:
Thanks Nick Gaetano
Tiny Top Circus Cast & Crew: Proprietor & Ringmaster: Joey Skaggs; Barker: Sarah Farrell; Performers: BIGFOOT, Justin Blaser, a.k.a. Stitch the Geek, Ian Harvey, a.k.a. Trick, the Bastard; Army Special Forces: Tom Tenney, Felipe Ribeiro; Clowns: Rev Jen Miller; Joe Heaps Nelson; Marc Slanger; Miranda Torn; Strongman: Andrew Carr; Sign Carriers: Matt Lucas, Bobby Savage, Norman Savage; Himalayas Band: Welf Dorr, Matthew Fass, Nina Geiger, Jennifer Harris, Sandra Koponen, Jocelyn Selene Perry, Robyn Siwula, Kenny Wollesen
Production: Producer & Still Photographer: Judy Drosd; Cinematography & Editing: Kate McCamy; Additional Camera: Tony Torn; Music & Sound Effects: Colby Johnson; Cage & Costume construction: Ivy Drechney, Troy Suite; Graphics & Signage: Paula Sharpe
Special Thanks: Tony Barsha, Katryn Beckwith, Doris Deither, Iliya Fridman, Akim Fridman, Francis “Faceboy” Hall, Dr. Larry Herbert , Albert Kahn, Valentina Kvasova, Jim Monroe, Naomi Pitcairn, Libby Reed, Erin Rogers, Dorothy Skaggs, Jon Truskey, Nancy Weber, Henry Zemel
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:
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…
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…
From Joe King: Unfortunately the gravity shift is a hoax:
Jan. 4, 2014: ‘Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity’ Allowing People to Float is an Old Hoax
by Jack Phillips
December 30, 2013
A rumor from the News-Hound.net blog is claiming there’s a “zero-G day” at 9:47 a.m. on January 4, 2014, that will decrease gravity allowing people to float for five minutes due to an “extraordinary astronomical event.” But it’s not real as it was a hoax perpetrated by astronomer Sir Patrick Moore four decades ago.
“At exactly 9:47 am, the planet Pluto will pass directly behind Jupiter, in relation to the Earth. This rare alignment will mean that the combined gravitational force of the two planets would exert a stronger tidal pull, temporarily counteracting the Earth’s own gravity and making people weigh less. Moore calls this the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect,” reads the blog that has hundreds of thousands of “likes” and shares on Facebook, saying that the “theory” was attributed to astronomer Sir Patrick Moore.
However, the whole thing was a hoax created several decades ago by Moore but websites and blogs kept passing it along every year, saying it will happen a few days after New Year’s Day.
Moore, who was the BBC Radio 2 astronomer, said the event would happen as part of an April Fools Day prank in 1976.
Iceland’s hidden elves delay road projects
by Jenna Gottlieb
World News NBCnews.com
December 22, 2013
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — In this land of fire and ice, where the fog-shrouded lava fields offer a spooky landscape in which anything might lurk, stories abound of the “hidden folk” — thousands of elves, making their homes in Iceland’s wilderness.
So perhaps it was only a matter of time before 21st-century elves got political representation.
Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because it contains an elf church.
The Fiddle File #7
Here we go with another madcap roundup of hoaxes, scams and damn fool idiocy making the rounds these days. Take heed. Some of these fiddles may soon be showing up on your computer, phone or even up close and personal. Check it out:
Washington State: I read the news today, oh boy. Fake article posted about son’s alleged suicide.
China: Do these eggs taste kind of funny to you? I mean, not funny ha-ha, funny yuck.
Vancouver BC: The on-line date you haven’t met yet has hit you up for $500,000 in loans. Talk about screwed without a kiss.
Washington DC: Sorry to hear you slipped on a banana peel. By the way, that’s a felony.
Louisiana: You jokingly yell to your sleeping friend that the car is on fire and about to explode. His panic reaction leads to a near-death experience.
From Joe King: Apparently the python-swallows-drunk tale has appeared in various permutations here there and everywhere
‘Python Eats Drunk Man in India’ Most Likely a Hoax; Media Outlets Fooled
by Jack Phillips
November 28, 2013
An article titled “Python Eats Drunk Man in India” is a hoax, according to a report.
David Emery with About.com wrote that the photo, which shows a python with a large object inside of it as people stand nearby, has been around for at least two years.
“Depending on which version of the story you read, the overstuffed python above swallowed a drunk guy in India, an unknown woman in South Africa, an unknown man in Qujing, China, a person of unknown gender in Indonesia, or a 4-year-old child in Malaysia,” he wrote. (more…)
How Big Is A Colossal Squid Really?
by Dr. M
October 22, 2013
Recently, Quarks to Quasar’s on Facebook published an illustration of how massive a Colossal Squid can reach. The Facebook post was liked by 3,300 people and shared 1,150 times (they have 351k followers). I am excited that the Colossal Squid is loved by this many people. One problem. The illustration is wrong. Really wrong. Although the Colossal Squid can reach, well, colossal proportions, the length of this big squid is grossly exaggerated in the above illustration. (more…)
Much as I appreciate a holiday in honor of Columbus, I’ve seen reports that he may be getting undeserved credit. So, who discovered America?
Annie in Montpelier
This is a subject steeped in considerable controversy.
There are those who contend that the real problem is, the whole thing is taught back-asswards. The truth of the matter is, as these contrarians see it, Native Americans discovered Europe. We’ll delve deeper into that matter in a bit, but first let’s have a look at some other contenders for the exploit attributed to Columbus.
It might be worth noting that boats without motors can be unpredictable vehicles. Over the vast expanse of human time, wouldn’t you suspect that a great many drifiting boats from afar inadvertently “discovered” America?
Further, there is the factor that might be called the macho double-dare. “Buddy, I’ll bet you ten conch shells and a bucket of whale blubber the world ain’t flat.” How many reckless young sailors set off to see what lay beyond the horizon?
And we can’t discount greed, the search for riches.
Lastly there is the incentive provided by barbaric hordes coming over the hill. How often in the violent history of mankind was it time to pack your shit and git, possibly sailing off for parts unknown?
The thing is, dang near everybody discovered America. A bit of research will reveal that, whatever your heritage, you can probably make a claim of relatedness to a discoverer of America. (more…)
From Joe K & Deborah T:
Myths debunked: Sadly, Theodore Roosevelt never rode a moose
by Heather Cole
September 20, 2013
Many of Theodore Roosevelt’s adventures seem like something out of a tall tale: he survived an assassination attempt; nearly died while exploring the Amazonian jungle; and became the first president to drive a car and fly in a plane; among many others. Despite having been a larger-than-life figure, this is one thing that TR never did:
From Joe King:
‘My Nessie picture IS a hoax!’
by Lizzie Edmunds
October 5, 2013
Cruise boat skipper who took ‘the most convincing Loch Ness Monster photo ever’ admits he faked the image with a fibre-glass hump
Boat tour guide George Edwards, 61, published image in August last year
Skipper re-photographed a fake hump that featured in a National Geographic documentary in 2011
Mr Edwards admitted yesterday he’d created fake for ‘just a bit of fun’
Expert Steve Feltham says skipper is ‘nothing more than a faker and a liar’
Image will join host of phoney pictures of the monster, including the famous ‘Surgeon’s Photograph’ taken by Dr Robert Kenneth Wilson in 1934
Read the whole story here.
From Marcy LaViollette: It wasn’t until I was telling someone else about this album created to inspire the Olympic athletes of East Germany that I began to doubt the validity of the back story. Great premise and great music!
Olympic-Sized Hoax? ‘Lost’ Krautrock Warm-Up Tapes Mysteriously Surface
by Philip Sherburne
June 10 2013
Does a new compilation provide the missing link between cosmic synth music and athletic doping?
As any runner can tell you, there’s a fine art to selecting the right music to keep you going, mile after mile. As a result, a whole mini-industry has sprung up to supply athletes with performance-enhancing playlists, from websites like Jog.FM and Rock My Run to Nike’s Original Run series of asphalt-friendly mixes from A-Trak, Cassius, and LCD Soundsystem. Yay, capitalism! But, as it turns out — and is so often the case where sports are involved — the Communists were way ahead of us. In the 1970s and early ’80s, the East German Olympic program employed the electronic composer Martin Zeichnete to create workout soundtracks for the GDR’s teams — shimmering, motorik pulse-music that, in combination with a top-secret doping program, would aid the athletes in their goal to become the ultimate Menschen-Maschinen. (more…)
From Delancey Place
This is an excerpt from Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State by T.D. Allman: Ponce de Leon, Washington Irving, and the Fountain of Youth — and how the name “Florida” was chosen.
If you go looking for the Fountain of Youth in its reputed location in St. Augustine, Florida], you’ll know you’ve almost reached your destination when you find yourself peering up at an ancient-looking arch. Across the top you’ll see displayed, in Ye Olde English-type lettering, an inscription. It reads: FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. The lettering is meant to evoke long-vanished times of chivalry and derring-do, but one detail marks it as indubitably Floridian: the sign is made of neon tubing. In the gathering subtropical twilight, the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH sign glows and sputters like the VACANCY sign on a state highway motel. According to press releases provided by the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, which is what this venerable tourist attraction currently calls itself, this is the very spot where ‘Ponce de Leon landed in St. Augustine in 1513 searching for a Fountain of Youth.’ …
Juan Ponce de Leon never visited and never could have visited St. Augustine: St. Augustine was not founded until forty-one years after his death, in 1565. Ponce did not discover Florida. Many Europeans had been to Florida before he got there; many more knew of its existence. The first European to sight Florida may not have been Spanish at all, but Portuguese or Italian. … (more…)
Sharks, Lies, and Videotape
John Oliver on The Daily Show
August 7, 2013
The Discovery Channel almost actually discovers something during “Shark Week.” (03:29)
From Larry C.:
Bigfoot Is Real, And We Have DNA To Prove It: Researchers
by Lee Rannals
February 14, 2013
We thought the first evidence would emerge from some backyard video footage, or a smartphone photo, but the real proof of the existence of Bigfoot actually lies in the DNA.
A team of scientists has published the results of a five-year study of DNA samples from Sasquatch in the journal DeNovo Journal of Science.
Researchers claim they have sequenced three whole Bigfoot nuclear genomes, helping to prove that the legendary creature exists in North America, and is a human relative that arose 13,000 years ago.
The scientists hypothesize that the Bigfoot creature is a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens, with a novel primate species, giving it the species name Homo sapiens cognatus. (more…)