Everybody loves Zombies. Everybody loves killing Zombies. Nobody wants to suddenly wake up surrounded by Zombies. Not when you thought you were just playing a video game
posted by Elmore
on Feb 18, 2007 -
The Hatto Hoax. Joyce Hatto
has been described as "the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of." Her performances of piano works by Liszt, Schubert, and Rachmaninov were praised
by classical afficionados for their "addictively beautiful sonority, cultured musicianship, and total instrumental mastery."
Since she died in June 2006, however, Hatto has been at the center of one of the stranger scandals to hit classical music in years. It's starting to look like some or all of her treasured, hard-to-find recordings made since 1990 are not her playing at all. [Via]
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 16, 2007 -
Unhappy with her hair style, a bride flips out
just hours before her wedding. Sobbing and screaming, she goes into the hotel washroom, rips apart her coiffure, and cuts her own hair. The episode is caught on video, posted to YouTube, and Farkalarity ensues. But the plot thickens. It turns out the bride is 22 year-old aspiring actress Jodi Behan, and the film was made by Toronto-based Ryerson University grad Ingrid Hass. It's a hoax
, designed to put a lock on their film careers
. We'll see more from these girls. Thursday on the Tonight Show, for a start.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium
on Feb 1, 2007 -
Last Friday a YouTuber by the name of "Mark Erickson" posted a video
claiming to reveal an easter egg in Gmail that unlocked an invite to a yet to be announced Google beta service called Google TV. Using some relatively fancy spoofing, he showed a screencast of how logging in and out of Gmail over and over again would eventually unlock the invite. Many greasy Google fanboys (like me) followed his instructions, logging in and out dozens, and dozens and dozens of times. Eventually, we realized it was a hoax
. In fact, this is what "Erickson" does, post fake technology demo videos
on YouTube which lead you on wild goose chases. Also see his production company and some of their YouTube work
(especially the alternative intros to "Designing Women
" and "Golden Girls
"). Clever little shit.
posted by JPowers
on Jan 31, 2007 -
Japanese professor Kenji Sugimoto has a long-standing fascination with the brain of Albert Einstein. In the early nineties he travelled to the United States in search of it. This bizarre 1994 documentary
(YouTube, multiple parts
) by Kevin Hull (UK) chronicles his quest. Fake or real? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Sep 1, 2006 -
- a wedged-shaped, almost Esperanto speaking, janiformed currency using, one-step anthem playing, created because of a zinc mine, mini-state, that is now nothing more than some border markers. [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Aug 24, 2006 -
~ Made by an anonymous French artist, this series of sculptures of kama sutra positions was supposedly exhibited at the Chambéry Modern Art Museum (Musée d'Art et d'Histoire) recently. Now you can virtually walk around them. Reminscent of that sculpture of Britney giving birth on a bearskin. But are they real? *NSFW* (Note: FLASH)
posted by crunchland
on Jul 13, 2006 -
Double Read This:
Revolution! The Epsilon Rising seeks the BEST DRUMMER EVER!
They should be 1)AWESOME; 2)TOTALLY INTO US; 3) ETHNIC (but if not, that's cool, man) 4) POT SMOKERS...
At least they like Hawkwind.
posted by klangklangston
on Apr 17, 2006 -
The top-rated Greek news channel is Alpha TV's. Tonight's second-lead story: outrage and disgust
, a quite obvious web hoax
that is even listed
as one on Open Directory (and which took this Googling non-journalist about 60 seconds to discover). The breathless commentary on this "instance of American self-indulgence"? how this is a first step towards a new Orwellian society --ironic considering they are spreading disinformation through mass-media, just like Mr. Orwell predicted...
posted by costas
on Feb 18, 2006 -
America seems a little less evil today. The outrage and indignation expressed in a previous MeFi story
was unjustified. The Department of Homeland Security did not visit a student after he made an interlibrary request for Mao Tse-Tung's Little Red Book. The student made it all up
posted by Meridian
on Dec 24, 2005 -
A Dutch television producer, who previously brought you Big Brother, now produces a show for British commercial television were you witness the training of three lucky guys to become astronauts and their subsequent launch into earth's orbit for 4 days.
They are trained in a Russian facility and are launched with a Russian rocket. There is only one catch: it's all fake. When they leave their orbiter to make a space walk they will be welcomed by their family and friends, and find out
If I were one of the contestants I'd go postal after this. But of course these contestants were specially selected to be prone to suggestion, so they will probably just forever hide in corner so they won't hear the constant mockery..
posted by kika
on Nov 21, 2005 -
Runaway bride pulls kidnapping hoax
-- She was "scared and concerned about her impending marriage and decided she needed some time alone," Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said. "She's obviously very concerned about the stress that she's been through, the stress that's been placed on her family."
posted by NickDouglas
on May 1, 2005 -
The house in Amityville with the fan-shaped windows making an inhuman face is the Godzilla
of haunted house movies. The town and current owner of the house where the DeFeo family was murdered try to downplay
(registration required) its signficance. The trademark windows in the original have been replaced to disguise its identity, and lawsuits force studios to use a house-double. Although latest remake claims the status of "true story," the case has been widely dismissed as a hoax
and the 2005 film has even rased the ire of George Lutz
for how he is portrayed as the haunted father-figure. Other people involved in the case including convicted murder DeFeo are unhappy
with the new attention. Still, the story has its true believers
who argue the debunkers have their own agenda. Then again, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
was also claimed by the same production company to be "inspired by a true story."
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Apr 15, 2005 -
The future is now on Amazon.com: a 10 Ghz processor, 30 Terabyte storage, .14 pound wonder of the world.
Some customer reviews:
"... although Windows still crashes, the machine is so fast it crashes before you even boot it up. So by the time you booted, you've already crashed and rebooted and didn't know what happened. "
"This thing is fast. Bad fast! I can see space and time warping, bending and "melting" around the vicinity of this machine when I run Microsoft Werd. Eventually a strange mini-black hole will open up and Steve Jobs' face will appear. He tells me lots of secrets about the future."
posted by zardoz
on Mar 23, 2005 -
An online psycho
(or entrepreneurial genius?) says he's holding a bunny, named Toby, hostage unless charitable animal lovers donate $50,000 to his paypal account. Otherwise, he'll butcher it. So far, he's got $14,000.
posted by nospecialfx
on Feb 17, 2005 -
Iraqi militants claimed...to have taken an American soldier hostage and threatened
to behead him... The posting, on a Web site that frequently carried militants' statements,
included a photo of what that statement said was an American soldier,
wearing desert fatigues and seated on a concrete floor with his hands tied behind his back.
The figure in the photo appeared stiff and expressionless...
posted by furtive
on Feb 1, 2005 -
Overqualified: A new letter every Tuesday
Joey Comeau wrote cover letter after cover letter, listing the same store bought traits in the same wording, day after day, hoping to find another job. And then one day he just snapped a little. He sat down to write a cover letter, and something entirely new came out. So he sent it anyway, but also publishes them on the web. (Or at least he used to
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 27, 2004 -