Hoaxes and Pranks

You Can’t Breathe Through Your Nose With Your Tongue Sticking Out

Try opening your mouth wide and sticking your tongue out. Can you breathe through your nose? Guess what? No one else can, either.

Since we know you just tried this to see if we were telling the truth, we really hope no one was watching at the time.

Measuring By the Meter, Foot, and Smoot

If you are accustomed to the metric system, imperial units can be perplexing. There is logic in the fact that there are 1,000 meters in a kilometer or ten centimeters in a meter. How are you supposed to remember that there are 5,280 feet in a mile, and why are there 12 inches in a…

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Getting Fried by Hugo N. Frye

The Hugo N. Frye Sesquicentennial Committee of Cornell University planned an event to honor New York’s often-overlooked political activist and founder of the New York Republican Party. The event was scheduled for May 26, 1930, and the organizers sent invitations to politicians throughout the country. Since Frye was, admittedly, a lesser-known historical figure, the invitations…

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Visit the Fabled Paradise of San Serriffe

In 1977, readers of Great Britain’s newspaper Guardian were treated to an in-depth look at the tropical paradise of the island nation of San Serriffe. The newspaper devoted a 7-page supplement in honor of San Serriffe’s 10 years of independence. For most of the readers, this was their first exposure to the tiny country in…

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      • What on earth.. where have you got these “facts” from, ha! Of course you can breathe through your nose with your tongue out and mouth open… I’d attach a video if I could!


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