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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Fake Fish Photos
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Fakers
There's another new book out to add to my library of hoaxes. It's Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders by Paul Maliszewski. From the product description:

From James Frey and his fake memories of drug-addled dissolution to Stephen Glass and his fake dispatches from the fringes of politics to the author formerly known as JT LeRoy and his fake rural tough talk, we are beset by real-seeming fiction masquerading as truth. We are living in the era of the fake.
Fakers is a fascinating exploration of the varieties of faking, from its historical roots in satire and con artistry to its current boom. Paul Maliszewski journeys into the heart of our fake world, telling tales of the New York Sun's 1835 moon hoax, the invented poet Ern Malley (the inspiration for Peter Carey's novel My Life as a Fake), and Maliszewski's own satiric letters to the editor of the Business Journal of Central New York (written, unbeknownst to the editor, while he worked there as a reporter). Through these stories, he explains why fakers almost always find believers and often flourish.

One of these days I'm going to get around to adding a bibliography of books about hoaxes to the museum. It's on my list of things to do. But right now I'm busy working on revising and updating Hippo Eats Dwarf for an English edition that should be out sometime this year (assuming I get the revisions done on time).
Categories: Books
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 05, 2009
Comments (3)
An English edition of Hippo Eats Dwarf? I thought it was already written in English?

Or did you mean a British edition? For England, Scotland and Wales.
Posted by Croydon Bob  in  London, UK  on  Mon Jan 05, 2009  at  12:17 PM
Can I mail you my copy so you can do all the updates manually and I won't have to buy a new one?
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Mon Jan 05, 2009  at  01:39 PM
Hope this comes through -

"Think of history's master strokes of flackery: It is not enough for atheme to be ratioanl: indeed it is _wrong_ for a theme to be rational if you want to move men's glands, because, above all else, it must seem new and fresh and of such revolutionary simplicity that it illuminates an enourmous, confused, and disagreeable problem in a fresh and hopeful light. Or so it must seem to the Average Man. And since he has spent any numebr of of surly, worried hours in the face of a bankriupt ( country )or a threat of subversion or a war that is going nowhere, no _rational_ solution can ever meet those strictures, since he has already considered all the ratioanl solutions and found either they are useless or the cost is more than he wants to pay."
Fred Pohl 'The Children Of Night',1964
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Thu Feb 12, 2009  at  05:46 PM
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