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According to The Times the greatest hoaxer ever was Horace de Vere Cole. Its own summary of his career makes only a discreet allusion to something shocking he did in public with a cow’s udder but you can read the gory details in the Dictionary of National Biography (link above). Compared to Horace the rest of the supposed top ten hoaxers seem a colourless lot.

BBC’s Radio 4 had a feeble story this morning about foreign birds being sent home. The Telegraph has a roundup of the hoaxes in the media today, none of which is worth a link.

The Museum of Hoaxes has more than I have time to read, so I’ll just bookmark it for later, and, of course Wikipedia has a few.

Meanwhile, Hillary Wasn’t Lying seems to have been the gag of the last week.

Yesterday’s front page Financial Times story about Bush and Browne’s planned cooperation on regulating financial markets was enough to make one do a double take on the date.

That much of the public wants Jeremy Clarkson to be Prime Minister and Boris Johnson to be Mayor of London is a reassuring sign that the country hasn’t lost its sense of humour entirely.

Update: hah, the BBC has a fine video on flying penguins!

2 Responses to “Horace For President”

  1. j says:

    Sir David Attenborough did very well to keep a straight face on the breakfast sofa – to my mind this is the best one since spaghetti trees.

  2. I missed it, not being a fan of “breakfast” TV (Andrew Marr on Sunday excepted).

    Believe it or not, the spaghetti tree story was reprised on campus when I was a student (but with banana trees, in Ethiopia). I was there in an auditorium full of gulls waiting for the penny to drop. People in the know were eating their sleeves and their eyes were watering in desperation as they struggled to avoid letting the cat out of the bag. It really should have been filmed, but, alas, it was a generation ago. Funnily enough, at the time I had no idea that it had been done before.

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