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Bitten By A Pancake?

Posted by Rick · November 24th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Well, I finally got taken in by a hoax myself.

And if I’d just trusted my gut, it never would have happened.

Late last night, when all I wanted to do was go to bed — but as I was also concerned about not having posted anything to the blog that day — I put up a picture I’d received via email. At the time, I thought the pic “looked funny” because there were tons of dials on the computer. “Why would a computer have dials?” I wondered. The printer didn’t seem to quite fit, either. And somewhere, in the back of my brain, was this other nagging thought: “Weren’t they predicting really amazing things for the year 2000 back in the 1950s and 1960s?”

Bob Marcotte came out of tendonitis-recovery-retirement to point out the hoax was a hoax.

The irony of this is that I’d spent about an hour or so yesterday morning (while looking for vegetarian cookbooks, actually) poring over a book called “When Pancakes Go Bad.” The book shows how to make realistic-appearing fake pictures of such things as cell phones with rotary dials and pancakes with evil fang-filled drooling mouths. Creating fakes is one of my (few) hobbies.

Well, I got bit. But it wasn’t by a pancake.

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  • 1 Bob // Nov 24, 2004 at 4:15 pm

    Bob Marcotte came out of tendonitis-recovery-retirement to point out the hoax was a hoax.

    Now the truth can be told.

    From November 16th until today (Nov 24th) I have been serving on a jury deciding the fate of a man accused of two counts child endangerment (they both died, ages 11 & 9).

    The tendonitis is and was very real but being forced away from my computer keyboard for so long probably had as much to do with the healing process as the cortisone shot.

    I hope to be back to my old trouble causing self after the long weekend.

    Thank you all for your cards and letters :)~

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