Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Corpse in Restaurant's Water Tank (Taiwan)

The Sun Daily [Malaysia]
29 September 2010

Taiwan restaurant says no corpse in water tank

TAIPEI (Sept 29, 2010): A Taiwan restaurant on Wednesday put up a NT$1 million (RM98,920) reward in a bid to find out who spread the rumour that its water tank contained human remains.

Gossip has been spreading in recent months that someone committed suicide in the water tank above the Chiu Cheng Hotpot Restaurant in Luotong Town, northern Taiwan, and that the body was not removed. [...]

Monday, September 27, 2010

Some Mormon Church Legends
Mormon Times [Salt Lake City, UT]
27 September 2010
Beth Palmer: Oh, the stories of funny things that happen in church

[Various Mormon accounts of funny incidents that occurred in church.]

Exploding Mobile Phones (India)

Sify News [India]
26 September 2010

'Bombile' is the latest terror in Assam

Guwahati, Sep 26 (IANS) 'Bombile' is the latest phrase terrorizing Assam with reports of mobile phones suddenly exploding, causing the user to become unconscious. The mysterious phenomenon has prompted Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to order a scientific probe to unravel the bizarre occurrences. [...]

Morung Express [India]
25 September 2010

Assam’s mobile phones go “explode”
Newmai News Network

Guwahati - September 25 : They are mysterious cases but true. At least 15 people have been injured in the few days following the explosions of mobile phones after calls from certain numbers in the state of Assam. [...]

Morung Express [India]

‘Bombile’ scare rocks Nagaland

Dimapur September 28 : The “bombile” scare seems to have reached Nagaland as mobile subscribers are having second thoughts about receiving any calls from unknown new numbers. On Tuesday, September 28, stories aided by ‘SMSes’ spread like wildfire, about two people reportedly falling “victim” to the rumored ‘red calls’ in Dimapur. [...]
Morung Express [India]
29 September 2010
No mobile phone threat

Sunday, September 26, 2010

High School Designed to Withstand Bombing (Abilene, Texas)

Abilene Reporter-News [TX]
25 September 2010

Cooper at 50: A high school born in boom times

By Larry Zelisko
Abilene Reporter-News

[Oscar Henry Cooper High School in Abilene was built in 1960. Rose Williams taught Latin there from 1960 to 1992.]

[...] The one-story, spread-out campus was a new design for Abilene.

Cooper legend had it that the campus was designed so that it wouldn‘t be entirely wiped out if an enemy bomb fell on it, Williams said, explaining that the Cold War was going on and the new Strategic Air Command base was considered a target. At the time the Army was building two Nike missile sites to protect Dyess from airborne attack. [...]

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dangerous Phone Calls (India)

The Assam Tribune [Guwahati, India]
14 September 2010

Panic in Barak valley over mysterious calls


HAILAKANDI, Sept 13 – People are falling ill after receiving anonymous calls from unknown numbers on mobile phones and it has led to panic among the people, mostly in the rural areas of the Barak valley, said a senior police official. On the other hand, there was no specific explanation from medical experts. [...]

Stuck Couple (Philippines)

Manila Bulletin [Philippines]
13 September 2010

Star Magic Refutes, Labels Shaina-Lloydy ‘Hospital’ Rumor as ‘Big Lie’


MANILA, Philippines - Star Magic dashed the malicious rumors that real-life sweethearts John Lloyd Cruz and Shaina Magdayao were rushed to the hospital two weeks ago. [...] Reports from other media sources say that Lloydy and Shaina had to be rushed to the St. Luke’s Hospital due to “penis captivus,” or “vaginismus.” [...]

ABS-CBN News [Philippines]
13 September 2010

Star Magic refutes Shaina-John Lloyd's hospital controversy

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN’s Star Magic has branded as a big lie the recent controversy hounding celebrity couple John Lloyd Cruz and Shaina Magdayao, “The Buzz” reported Sunday.

Star Magic, who is handling the careers of both stars, has debunked a rumor saying that Cruz and Magdayao were both rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital 2 weeks ago due to a medical condition called “penis captivus.” [...]
The Philippine Star
17 September 2010
Shaina: It didn't happen
FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricardo F. Lo Of-A Malicious-Rumor
Philippine Entertainment Portal
16 September 2010
PEP SPECIAL REPORT: Anatomy Of A Malicious Rumor
Karen A. Pagsolingan
Manila Bulletin
16 September 2010
Shaina Addresses Nasty Rumor Head-On

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Headless Bodies in Arizona Desert

Associated Press
4 September 2010

Ariz. governor says she was wrong about beheadings


PHOENIX — A claim by Arizona's governor that rising violence along the U.S.-Mexico border has led to headless bodies turning up in the desert came back to haunt her during a stammering debate performance in which she failed to back it up. [...]

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Killer Phone Numbers (Africa)

Communications Commission of Kenya
1 September 2010

CCK issues statement on alarming SMS message

The attention of the Commission has been drawn to SMS and email messages that are doing the rounds in the country warning mobile users against receiving calls from unknown or certain listed numbers. The messages further allege that receipt of calls from either the unknown or listed numbers would cause brain haemorrhage due to high frequency. [...]
Daily Nation [Kenya]
1 September 2010
CCK assures public over mobile phone hoax
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
1 September 2010
Kenyan government dismisses "killer phone number" hoax'death%20call'%20SMS%20alerts%20as%20hoax
The Standard [Kenya]
1 September 2010
State dismisses 'death call' SMS alerts as hoax
By Mutinda Mwanzia and Daniel Nzia
Business Daily [Nairobi, Kenya]
1 September 2010
Phone hoax shifts focus to regulator’s ability to curb crime
By Okuttah Mark

The Citizen [Tanzania]
4 September 2010

Fears allayed over scaring text messages

By Al-amani Mutarubukwa

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has urged Tanzanians to ignore messages warning them against receiving calls from unknown or certain listed numbers. [...]


The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has received complaints from the public that there are messages circulating around that mobile phones have hazardous effects. [...]

Sudan Tribune
8 September 2010

Allegations of deaths resulting from mobile phone calls are not true – Minister

By James Gatdet Dak

September 7, 2010 (JUBA) – The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service in the Government of Southern Sudan, Madut Biar Yel, has dismissed as “mere rumors” the alleged death of people resulting from some mobile phone calls in Southern Sudan.

For the last five days, rumors spread among the population that there were certain strange phone numbers, when calls were being received from, immediately exploded on the receivers’ phones and caused injuries or deaths. A number of people across the region were alleged to have already died because of the phone explosions. [...]