Fake? No

Explanation: Shared as a photo of two orphans in Vietnam or children affected by the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal or even victims of the civil war in Syria, whereas these young kids are none of this. The photographer, Na-Son Nguyen, explained to BBC News how he took the picture, in the village of Can Ty, Vietnam: "I was passing through the village but was stopped by the scene of two Hmong children playing in front of their house while their parents were away working in the field.“ "The little girl, probably two years old, cried in the presence of a stranger so the boy, who was maybe three years old or so, hugged his sister to comfort her.”

Original photo
When: October 2007
Where: Can Ty, Ha Giang province, Vietnam
Source: Na-Son Nguyen

[Debunked by the photographer + interview by BBC News]

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Newmann, pseudoscience AU? maybe Newt is a cryptozoologist and Hermann is an ufologist?

“There are just too many for them to be all hoaxes,” Hermann concludes, as they walk down to the lake, the water is cold and dark;

“Way too many fakes,” Newt snorts, “And haven’t you noticed they always come at the same time- like crazes-”

Hermann glares, “But one of them has to start your- if you must term it that- crazes, and there are so many- and what about you? Have any of your photos not been fakes-”

“Yeah,” Newt scowls as they kneel down beside to lake, and starts unpacking his bag to take a few readings; “And they’re better than yours-”

“Hardly better-”

“Extraordinary proof dude,” Newt jabs Hermann in the chest, face flushes, “You’re claiming we’re being buzzed by fucking aliens-”

“You’re claiming a dinosaur lives here-” Hermann snarls, batting Newt’s finger away;

“No I don’t!” Newt shoves him, Hermann slips and lands on his backside, “Of course it’s not a fucking plesiosaur! What sort of moron-”

“What is it then-” Hermann sits up, brushing the sand from his trousers;

“I don’t know-” Newt throws his hands up, “Probably some kind of eel, s’not air-breathing or we’d have a hell of a lot more photos, and the lake bottom’s just mud, as far down as we can go- plenty of places to hide;”

He sighs, and starts checking the lake temperature, “We’re still finding new animals, even now- or finding ones that aren’t really dead- so what if there’s a new kind of giant eel in the lake, s’hell of a lot easier to believe than aliens-”

“I’ll thank you to stop informing me what I believe,” Hermann growls, “It might be aliens, or atmospheric phenomena, or secret government projects-”

“Oh great, conspiracy theories-”

“The surge in sightings of triangular flying craft coincides exactly with the development of the Stealth Fighter-”

“Yeah, but not now, dude, not with mobile phones and youtube;”

“Has anyone phoned in with footage of a Thylacine recently-”

Newt growls, “Well, the temps good, and the wind’s not so bad, if you can shut up for half an hour, we can go get the probe and have a look around;”

“And if your sonar doesn’t find anything-” Newt stops in his tracks, Hermann pauses, maybe that was too much;

Newt sighs, and shrugs, “Then it’s not there, and I get to go to the Congo for the Mokee-membe, or Mongolia for the Death Worm,” he gives a smell smile, “S’a big world;”

Hermann nods, and looks up at the sky, still and motionless; that, they can agree on.


BY EDMUND RICHARDSON Hidden in the depths of the sea, buried under hillsides, swallowed up by the jungle, or consumed by the wrath of the heavens – lost cities have always fascinated. Many people have gone in search of lost cities — believing in tall tales and ancient legends. Con-men, archaeologists, showmen, and adventurers have traveled over the mountains of Afghanistan, through the jungles of Cambodia, across the deserts of Jordan, and into the very strangest parts of the world, full of hope. But as many have discovered, finding a lost city can be the easy part — what happens next is when things get interesting. Atlas Obscura is here to provide seven of the world’s lost cities,

The Curious Case of Mary Toft Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

In 1726, Britain was enthralled with the story of Mary Toft, a woman of Godalming in Surrey, who claimed that she had given birth to a litter of rabbits. The news of Mary and her “birthing of rabbits” grew quickly and reached the court of King James I.

Mary was a 25 year old illiterate servant and the wife of Joshua Toft. In September of 1726, Mary gave birth to what appeared to be a deformed cat. The family called upon John Howard, a local obstetrician. When he arrived, he was presented with more animal parts which had been taken from Mary during the night. Over the next month, Howard recorded that she birthed a rabbit’s head, the legs of a cat, and in a single day, nine dead baby rabbits.

Howard sent letters to some of England’s greatest doctors, scientists and the King’s secretary regarding the miraculous births. The curious King sent his personal surgeon and the secretary to the Prince of Whales to examine the matter.

By now Mary Toft was a local celebrity. When the King’s men arrived, they were immediately greeted with the news that Mary was in labour with her fifteenth rabbit. The doctors examined the rabbits and were highly suspicious of the results. But one doctor was convinced her case was genuine and that the rabbits were the result of the supernatural.

As Mary’s story was quickly spreading throughout London, the King sent another doctor to investigate. The doctor took some of the rabbits back to London and found that the dung pellets from one of the rabbit’s rectum contained corn, hay and straw. He had proof that the rabbits did not come from Mary and he reported the fraud to the King.

Mary was finally caught. The final proof came when a porter was caught trying to sneak a rabbit into Mary’s room. He confessed that Mary’s sister-in-law had asked him to procure the smallest rabbit he could find. Mary was taken into custody but admitted nothing…until one of the doctors threatened to perform painful experimental surgery on her to see if she was formed differently from other women. Mary finally admitted that she had manually inserted dead rabbits into her vagina and then allowed them to be removed as if she were giving birth.

Mary Toft was charged with being a “Notorious and Vile Cheat” and was sent to Bridewell Prison. After just a few months, the whole case was dismissed and she was released. Not for lack of proof, but to avoid any further embarrassment to the establishment if the case were pursued any further. No more was heard of Mary or her strange rabbit births, but she will forever be remembered in the annals of bizarre and curious history.

The Mammoth Potato Hoax of Loveland, Colorado, 1894–Joseph B. Swan was a proud potato farmer who claimed to have grown a potato that was 13 pounds and 8 ounces.  W.L. Thorndyke, editor of the Loveland Reporter, came up with an idea to help Swan promote his potatoes at an 1894 street fair. They created this trick photograph of a huge potato.  This may have become the first viral fake photograph, though it was soon declared to be fraudulent. (via)

ca. 1860, [carte de visite portrait of a “Monkey Fish of Japan”, one of many of such specimens created during the 18th and 19th centuries. This particular “merman” was later purchased by P.T. Barnum and shown at the Chinese and Japanese Warehouse on Regent Street in London], Gush and Fergusson

via Ordinary Light

More information: A BBC video on how the Horniman Museum’s monkey-fish was created.


The Great Moon Hoax of 1835

“The Great Moon Hoax” refers to a series of six articles that were published in the New York Sun beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. The articles described fantastic animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids (“Vespertilio-homo”) who built temples. These discoveries were supposedly made with “an immense telescope of an entirely new principle”.

Read more @ The Museum of Hoaxes.


Famous Vintage UFO Images

UFOs truly captured the public’s imagination in 1938 when Orson Welles caused mass panic in America with his radio broadcast based on H.G. Wells’ novel “The War of the Worlds,” inspiring hysteria that space ships filled with aliens were invading Earth. World War II and the development of rocket science seemed to bring a new level of interest in science fiction and flying objects. And in 1947, when civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine bright glowing objects flying in a “V” formation over Washington state’s Mount Rainier, the public and media became officially obsessed. Arnold measured the objects’ flight speed at about 1700 mph and told reporters they looked like a saucer skipping on water, which is where the term “flying saucer” originated. In the wake of Arnold’s sighting, similar accounts were increasingly reported across the county, resulting in numerous photographs showing up in support of the sightings.

1) Mount Washington, New Hampshire, 1870-1871 - This stereoscopic image is generally regarded as the first UFO photograph.

2) McMinnville, Oregon, 1950 - From a series of photos that were reprinted in LIFE magazine, perhaps the most famous of UFO images.

3) Salem, Massachusetts, 1952 - Taken by Coast Guard photographer Shell Alpert at a Coast Guard Air Station.

4) New Jersey, 1952 - Here’s a famous image from the Garden State made all the more mysterious since the CIA file lists the image as coming from “Passoria, N.J.” — yet there’s no "Passoria, N.J.“ on the map.

5) Santa Ana, California, 1965 - One of four Polaroid photos taken by highway maintenance worker, Rex Heflin.

source 1 , 2


Glycon and the Ancient Sock Puppet Relgion,

In the annals of history there have been many strange and unusual religions, but perhaps the most bizarre was the worship of Glycon in the 2nd century AD, a creation of a so called prophet named Alexander of Abonoteichus.  Alexander of Abonoteichus was a swindler, con man, and flim flam artist who traveled across the Roman Empire looking for nefarious ways to make an easy drachma or denarius.  Around 150 AD Alexander decided to settled down in his home city of Abonoteichus in Anatolia (Turkey) where he orchestrated the greatest swindle of his career; the creation of his own religion.  

Alexander styled himself a prophet, and predicted to the people of Abonoteichus that the son of Apollo, Asclepius, would be reborn in the foundations of the nearby temple.  There in the foundations of the temple was found an egg, out of which hatched a newborn snake.  Alexander declared the snake a new god, which he named “Glycon”.  He rushed off with the baby snake, naming himself caretaker of Glycon, and sequestered himself with the newborn god.  

Months later, Alexander appeared in public with Glycon wrapped around his body and arms.  Glycon had supposed possessed Alexander, and would speak through Alexander to the people.  Immediately people bowed in worship, praising the name of Glycon, who would perform miracles such as healing the sick and prophesying the future.  Amazingly, Alexander was able to pull off this con by constructing a large puppet, formed like a snake with a humanoid head.  A series of strings allowed Alexander to articulate the mouth, eyes, and tongue, which convinced many that the puppet was indeed a real god.  Alexander would also chew the roots of a soapwort, thus causing him to foam at the mouth giving the appearance that he was possessed or in a prophetic frenzy. There were some critics, mostly Christians and Epicurians.  His most vocal critic was the Greek rhetorician and satirist Lucian, who provides most of the details of Alexander and the Cult of Glycon. According to Lucian and other critics, his oracles were mostly vague and cryptic prophecies that could be interpreted to mean anything, and most of his miracle cures were hoaxes and frauds.

Despite the critics, the Cult of Glycon became a wildly popular religion, spreading across Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East.  Alexander made out extremely well, a Roman governor married his daughter, coins were struck bearing his and Glycon’s image, and most importantly he had earned a fortune by gypping people with his sock puppet god.  On his busiest year, he was said to given oracles to 80,000 people, each of whom paid one drachma and two oboli (silver coins) as a fee. Among his most popular clients was none other than the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius for a prophecy on the success of a military campaign against the Germans.  

In 170 AD, Alexander of Abonoteichus died due a gangrenous infection of the leg, however his religion continued to live on.  The Cult of Glycon lived on throughout the 3rd century, finally dying out around the end of the 4th century.