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Bad Fads
Fashion, Collectables, Activities, Events - all the bad fads are here!

"While the name of this site is BAD FADS, please note that this is neither an indictment nor an endorsement of any of the fads mentioned. As you know, during the '70s the word 'bad' could alternately mean 'good'! Thus, this site was created to take a fun and nostalgic look at fashions, collectibles, activities and events which are cherished by some and ridiculed by others. Come back soon and remember that these are the fads you wished would stay forever (or never come back)."


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Added: 06-07-2006 - Updated: 06-07-2006
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Big Hoaxes.com
Have you ever been duped?

"Have you ever been duped? Of course, we all have! This site contains every single hoax ever created. Find all the hoaxes you or someone else has fallen for."
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Added: 14-07-2006 - Updated: -
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Bob From Accounting: "Breaking News and Wind Since 1969"
Adventures of the Middle American Man

One of the strangest sites on the web is also one of the best. Check out the Free Winona Ryder saga. Find out who "Jennifer" is and why BFA want more people like her. (Hint: see issue #1.)

Who is Bob From Accounting? Here's their answer:

Thank you for checking out our ezine—an homage to the everyday working man in 21st century America. (that's politetalk for big fat loser) Beginning this month, all of our columns, journals and other "features" will be updated weekly, with an entirely new issue being published every two weeks. For those of you who are wondering, Bob from Accounting IS AN ACTUAL PERSON who has graciously accepted this website’s permission to tell his story and those of his co-workers at Septicorp International Enterprises, a leading manufacturer and distributor of commercial septic systems somewhere in the remote Midwest. Though I can’t divulge the exact location of the office complex for purposes of privacy, I will tell you that it’s not unlike many corporations around the country. There are office politics and spiteful bosses and unhappy workers and we are here to tell their stories. Names may change to protect the innocent, but we will make every attempt to provide you with accurate information. By the way, we're not doing this website for money or fame or to meet women. We're doing it because God asked us to. Just thought you might like to know that.

Warmest Regards,

Scooter
Editor in Chief


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Added: 08-07-2006 - Updated: 08-07-2006
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Chindogu
The official website of the International Chindogu Society

From Wikipedia:

Chindōgu is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, Chindōgu has a distinctive feature: anyone actually attempting to use one of these inventions, would find that it causes so many new problems, or such significant social embarrassment, that effectively it has no utility whatsoever. Thus, Chindōgu are sometimes described as 'unuseless' - that is, they cannot be regarded as 'useless' in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called 'useful'.

Literally translated, 'Chindōgu' means valuable/priceless. The term was coined by Kenji Kawakami, a Japanese inventor and writer who first made the idea prominent in a book translated into English, in the mid-nineties, as 101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindōgu. The popular success of this book prompted a follow-up, 99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions, which was published a few years later. Together, the books have sold nearly a quarter of a million copies in Japan alone, and have been translated into most of the major world languages. Examples from the books include:

* a combined household duster and cocktail-shaker, for the housewife who wants to reward herself as she's going along;

* the all-day tissue dispenser, which is basically a toilet roll fixed on top of a hat, for hay fever sufferers;

* duster slippers for cats, so they can help out with the housework;

* the all-over plastic bathing costume, to enable people who suffer from aquaphobia to swim without coming into contact with water.

There are ten key tenets to bear in mind if you wish to design a Chindōgu. The principal among these are:

(a) it has to be possible to make (ie, it has to actually exist), in spite of its absurdity;

(b) it has to remain in the public domain (ie, it cannot be given a patent); and

(c) it must not be exclusively a vehicle for humour, or the warped satirical worldview of the inventor. There is frequently humour in a Chindōgu, of course, but this should properly be regarded as incidental, rather than as an end in itself.

In spite of the stipulation that Chindōgu should not be used for satirical ends, Kawakami himself does appear to regard them as a kind of antidote to consumerism, and the Western obsession with making life as 'easy' as possible. He describes Chindōgu as "invention dropouts," anarchically brilliant ideas that have broken free from "the suffocating historical dominance of conservative utility." One might wish to design Chindōgu for a number of reasons, for example, to improve one's mental sharpness; to develop them as an art form; or simply to revel in a purely creative act without having to worry about utility or making money.

And then, of course, there is the simple pleasure to be had from a perfectly logical solution that turns out to be perfectly useless.

Chindōgu and its creator Kenji Kawakami also became a regular feature on a children's television show produced by the BBC called "It'll Never Work," a show in a similar vein as the BBC's Tomorrow's World, however It'll Never Work usually focused more on wacky and humorous gadgets than on serious scientific and technological advances.


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Darwin Awards
Yearly Darwin Award details

Illustrating Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" by awarding the self-destruction of the truly foolish.
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Date: 30-07-2006
Cool website!
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Date: 26-06-2006


Added: 26-06-2006 - Updated: 08-06-2007
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Dead and Buried
213 Euphemisms for Death and Dying

Why would somebody do this? Why would I do this? Some people say that I have a morbid fascination with death, or that I am a sick person. They are probably right. Whenever I see a photo of a corpse (I love forensics) I always want to know how the person died, what happened to them... How does someone go from being a beautiful living creature to a twisted hunk of cold meat? A certain compassion is stirred within me...

I compiled this list of euphemisms as part of a course on the sociology of dying and death. I know there are tons more out there... If you have one that you think is interesting, please send it to me, and I'll add it to the list and give credit where credit is due.


Added: 15-05-2007 - Updated: 15-05-2007
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E! Online
The website of the Hollywood-obsessed television channel

A sample entry:

Who has had the best hair colour change?

* Britney's blonde to black

* Ashlee's black to blonde

* Lindsay Lohan's black to red

* Nicky Hilton's black to blond

VOTE NOW!
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Edward Governo: Historian of Things That Never Were
Links to history that never happened

I can barely bring myself to tell you what this site is about.

As I type this William Shatner's immortal words to a group of persistent Trekkies - "Get a life!" - are ringing in my ears.

This site is divided into television, movies, books, games and comics and in each case (and there are more than 300 cases) what you're looking at is some fan's timeline for developments in an entirely imaginary world.

Star Trek is there, of course. ("...Federation obtains advanced warp technology from the representatives of the Kelvan Empire in Andromeda Galaxy, after they briefly hijack the USS Enterprise. The Kelvans settle a class M planet near the edge of the Milky Way Galaxy, and a robot ship is dispatched to Kelva with greetings from the Federation...")

And:

* Dr Who

* Highlander

* Robotech

* Gundam

* The X-Files

* Babylon 5

* Twin Peaks

* Battlestar Galactica

* Xena Warrior Princes

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer

* Bonanza

* Stargate

* Dragonball Z

and so on and on and on and on...
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Fancy digging a really deep hole in your backyard?
If you were to dig a hole from where you are standing all the way through the center of the Earth, where would you end up?

Now you can find out where you would end up - maybe not the most useful website but it must rate amongst the most weird.

Added: 05-10-2006 - Updated: 17-10-2006
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Hell
One Christian organisation's vision of Hell.

This site is maintained by "Tentmaker Ministries", whose "About this site" page beings as follows:

"Tentmaker Ministries is Gary and Michelle Amirault and friends who have fallen in love with our Father, the Creator of the universe. We are concerned with growing up into the fullness of the stature of Christ and being about our Father's business. Knowing Who the King of the Universe is and discovering He actually loves you, not just with words but in reality, is something that is impossible to keep bottled up. It must be shared. That is what Tentmaker is all about."

Nowhere in the site can you find out where these people are, but I guess they're in America somewhere. Here is what they say about their Hell site:

"After spending several years in many different denominations of Christianity, spending thousands of hours comparing and studying various translations of the Bible, looking into the Greek and Hebrew behind our English translations, studying the writings of the early Church Fathers, and seeking God in prayer with all that is in me, I am one hundred percent convinced there is NO such thing as a Hell of everlasting tortures as taught in most denominations of Christianity.

"This site is dedicated to the eradication of the myth of Hell from the face of this earth. This pagan myth, invented by men and women---NOT God---has been a great stain upon the nature and character of our Creator for thousands of years. It has turned men and women into animals and caused them to see the Creator as a fiend. It is time to dismantle this evil..."

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Added: 13-07-2006 - Updated: 13-07-2006
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I See Dumb People
Support Science Not Superstition! Scams and Delusions Exposed!

This amazing New Zealand-based site "seeks to examine and expose dubious claims made in New Zealand" and expose "those that promote bogus beliefs, products or services, whether for profit or otherwise".

So far it contains eleven such exposes, which take the form of lengthy and highly literate essays. The subjects:

* Weather Forecasting by the Moon

Can Ken Ring really predict the weather 20 years ahead merely by observing the Moon? Should you be wasting money on his 'Weather Almanac'? Is his theory scientific or is it all a scam?

* Coley Ellison: Natural Healer

Does Coley really have the power to heal people of almost any disease? Can he heal people anywhere in the world using telepathy or is it all a scam?

* The Rev. Father Francois Laisney: “Shroud of Turin” Apologist

Can Father Laisney really show that the Shroud of Turin was the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ and not a medieval fake? Can he discredit the 1988 carbon-dating results and provide new evidence, or is it all a scam?

* Natural History New Zealand: Transplanting Memories

Does "cellular memory" cause organ transplant recipients to receive the memories, sexual preferences, personality traits etc of the organ donor? Is there even such a thing as 'cellular memory' or is it all a scam by NHNZ?

* Psychic Detectives

Can TV's Rebecca Gibney and her team of psychics provide new leads on unsolved real-life murder cases? Is there a connection with the 'spirit world' or is it all a scam?

* Malcolm McLeod: The Handwriting Guy

Do hidden signs in your handwriting reveal the "real" you? Can a graphologist such as Malcolm McLeod interpret these signs? Can you alter the style of your signature to improve your destiny or is it all a scam?

* Ian Harris: Honest to God Atheist

Has "Honest to God" columnist Ian Harris found a new way to describe how we can all live our lives without religion? Has he devised a legitimate way that God-fearing Christians can reject God and Christ and yet still be Christians, or is it all a scam?

* Agnostics: Sanctimonious Fence Sitters

Do agnostics speak the truth when they say they have no opinion on God, or are they just hiding their real views? Do they do this so as not to offend either believers or non-believers? Is it a valid stance, wedged between believers and atheists, or is it all a scam?

* Jeanette Wilson: Psychic Medium

Can Jeanette Wilson see and hear your dead Granny? Can she pass on messages from 'the other side'? Or is what she does nothing more than a trick designed to take advantage of the gullible, the desperate and the lonely? Can Jeanette really see dead people or is it all a scam?

* Healing with Magnets

Does sleeping on a magnetic underlay or drinking magnetised water have health benefits? Do magnets reduce pain or merely the contents of your wallet? Is Magnetic Therapy a medical wonder, discovered by the ancients, or is it just a scam, a waste of money?

* Ian Wishart: Christian Fundamentalist

Ian Wishart says we should believe every word in the Bible. That Adam and Eve -- the first humans -- were created by God, that Noah really built his Ark, and that Jesus rose from the dead. Can Ian really provide good evidence that the Bible is true, and that atheists are evil killers, or is it all a scam?

From its About Us page:

From scams, cons and quackery to superstition, blind faith and self-delusion, many New Zealanders have been duped into buying products that don't work (and could never work), and following beliefs that make no sense.

We are a small group of likeminded friends who have been confronted with some of these bogus claims and are left wondering why people fall prey to them.

We have also been annoyed and disappointed when our friends, family and acquaintances have been sucked into some wacky scheme or belief, often resulting in a negative affect on their health and/or finances. Not to mention their grasp on reality, of how the Universe really works.

Some may not have the background, knowledge or time to investigate the validity of the claims. Others may simply be too trusting, too credulous and/or lack the ability to think critically, especially since being 'skeptical' is often considered a very negative trait these days.

This website is an attempt to turn the tide. To stop the 'dumbing down of society', the turning away from science and the return to the beliefs of medieval peasants. Each of us has favourite topics that we feel strongly about and will attempt to debunk those making bogus claims. We will be presenting the side of the argument that scammers, con-artists and self-deluded do-gooders don't want you to hear.

While there are many who will confidently (and correctly) exclaim "That product is just a scam" or "That belief is just a myth", few can explain why. On this site we will attempt to explain why certain claims are bogus and why certain individuals should be avoided at all costs. You must not give them any money or entrust your health and wellbeing to them.

No doubt some of these people sincerely believe in their powers and/or mythical beings etc, in the same way that very young children sincerely believe in Santa Claus. However believing in Santa Claus does not make him real. Whether a scam is the result of self-delusion or outright fraud, either way you have been tricked into believing something that isn't true.

When people say they believe in astrology or homeopathy or rave about mediums that proclaim, "I See Dead People", you should reply with, "I See Dumb People."

Authors: John L. Ateo, Rachel C., Jason C., Gordon S.

You'll notice that John's name appears on most essays. This is because John has been chosen to write the essays in their final form, both his own and draft essays or ideas from the rest of us, and format them into web pages. Thus most essays are a collaborative affair. We are not out to build individual reputations as writers, but to expose scams and delusions.

[There is no "John L Ateo" or any other version of this name in any telephone directory in New Zealand.]


Added: 11-05-2007 - Updated: 11-05-2007
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Illuminati
Real conspiracy or fictitious?

Wikipedia describes Illuminati as follows:
The Illuminati is the name of many groups, modern and historical, real and fictitious, verified and alleged. Most commonly The Illuminati refers specifically to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment secret society. However, it often refers to an alleged shadowy conspiratorial organization that controls world affairs behind the scenes, usually a modern incarnation or continuation of the Bavarian Illuminati. Illuminati is sometimes used synonymously with New World Order.

The word conspiracy, as it relates to this site, will be defined in the context of a scheme: to act in harmony toward a common end. As it has been known for centuries, "alchemists conceal in order to baffle the vulgar." This site exists for the sole purpose of penetrating the veil.
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Added: 22-07-2006 - Updated: 22-07-2006
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International Superhero
The international Catalogue of Superheroes

A website about comic superheroes - especially superheroes created in comic books outside the United States. (There are even some from New Zealand.)

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LA Weekly
LA Weekly is an amazing site about life in Los Angeles

* News

* Blogs

* Film/TV

* Music

* La Vida (sample headlines: "She is Barbie. Hear her roar"; "Take a load off, Mandrake" etc etc)

* Stage

* Art/books

* Eat/drink



Added: 27-01-2007 - Updated: 27-01-2007
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McLeod's Daughters
An unofficial fansite for the Australian televisual chickfest

We are in no way affiliated with Mcleod's Daughters. We are not affiliated with The Nine Network nor do we have any connections with the cast or crew of Mcleod's Daughters or their management. This is simply a fansite created by a fan for the fans. All emails directed towards the cast or crew of MD will not be answered. All photography belongs to their rightful owners. All videos belong to the Nine Network unless otherwise stated.

Jo says:

"It has video clips of the current series running in OZ.. way ahead of us of course.. and I am trying SO hard not to go there and peek in advance...

Added: 05-08-2007 - Updated: 05-08-2007
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