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28 Jun 2011 17:52


Offbeat: Eguchi Aimi, fledging Japanese pop star, is computer generated

  • Somebody just lost their dream girl: We certainly wouldn’t fault any fans of Japanese pop group AKB48 if they’re feeling a bit sore or a bit duped. As the video above exposed last week, the sixth and newest member, Eguchi Aimi, doesn’t fit the job prerequisites for an “all-girl” band — she’s actually entirely computer generated. Her features were cobbled together from the faces of her flesh-and-blood partners — there’s something both cool and deeply disconcerting about this. source

30 May 2011 15:43


Politics: ABC reports on fraudulent service claims, medal fakeries

  • They’re going to come out of the woodwork. This is like Christmas for a phony.
  • Former U.S. Navy SEAL Don Shipley • Speaking to ABC News about fraudulent “war heroes” seizing the opportunity of Memorial Day for a little beginning-of-summer fakery. A couple of ABC reporters, Lee Ferran and Vic Walter, have reported that the incidence of people lying about serving in the military has gotten much worse since the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of SEAL Team 6. It’s also reported that five people have been charged with claiming to be medal winners, or illegally wearing military service medals in 2011. We’ll admit, we had no clue it was illegal to wear a service medal that you didn’t earn, but beyond the legality of it, we think we can all agree — this is a disgustingly manipulative, lowly brand of fraud to be perpetrating. source

01 Mar 2011 15:42


U.S.: If there’s one thing the DEA hates, it’s loopholes

  • YES synthetic cannabis has been banned by the DEA source
  • » “Spice” and “K2” are off the shelves: The DEA has placed five chemicals onto Schedule 1 (the most restricted level of drug enforcement) that are integral to the production of the two fake-pot compounds, effectively putting the kibosh on the products. Once widely and legally sold in smoke shops (as the intensely hallucinogenic herb Salvia astonishingly still is), these products had become popular buys for people looking to get high without fear of legal action.

16 Sep 2010 20:29


Culture: Joaquin Phoenix’s “I’m Not Here” staged! We won our bet!

  • no Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in “I’m Not Here” wasn’t real. It was completely staged.
  • yes It was multi-year performance art piece made with the blessing of Joaquin’s agents.
  • no The Letterman appearance wasn’t real either, and Letterman wasn’t in on it. source

22 Jun 2010 00:29


Music: Rapper turns death rumors (lemons) into PR opportunity (lemonade)

  • All these rumors that I’ve been shot are phony just like half the rappers in the game. I’m still here, promoting my R.E.D. Album, so when it drops, go get it or else you might end up dead like me (laughs).
  • Rapper Game • Dispelling the rumors about his untimely demise and at the same time getting his new album a little much-needed publicity, which he hasn’t had a lot of lately, because he’s Game (formerly “The Game,” which was way cooler). For a period today, “the game dies in shooting” was the top trend on Google, giving the rapper an opportunity to live to see some of that Tupac money. source

03 Jun 2010 21:59


World: Russian Pretendonauts: Let’s pretend to go to Mars, guys!

  • 6 number of “spacemen” who will pretend to go to Mars; playtime!
  • 250 the number of days the crew will be pretending to go to Mars
  • 30 the number of days they’ll pretend to be on Mars’ surface
  • 220 the number of days it will take them to get “back” to Earth source

11 May 2010 11:23


Offbeat: Dude gets on morning news show with fake yo-yo skillz

  • If you’ve ever seen the film “The Foot Fist Way,” in which Danny McBride stars as a kung fu master, just imagine kind of the same incredibly awkward thing, except with yo-yos. This guy clearly isn’t an expert at anything, especially not yo-yos. source

15 Mar 2010 10:22


World: Georgian TV station has never heard of “War of the Worlds”

  • Want to panic your country? Simple. Simulate war conditions on a news broadcast and say that the president has been killed. And just watch the ratings roll in! This actually happened in Georgia, when they claimed under the guise of a “simulation” that the Russian army was invading and the president had been killed. Great public service, guys. Part two is here, by the way. source

02 Mar 2010 21:54


Tech: Topeka, Kansas willing to change name to “Google” for fast Internet

Sure, it’s not real. Sure, it’s a gimmick. But how many largeish cities do you see changing their name to Taco Bell for free Chalupas? Just sayin’. source

08 Dec 2009 10:09


Tech: The iPhone App Store looking lighter after scam developer removed

  • 1,000 apps from one company, mostly rip-offs of better apps, were removed from the store
  • 1% the percentage of apps they represented; they had inflated ratings and fake reviews source