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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The worms inside your face
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Long Live The Hodag
Status: New Book
Kurt Kortenhof has sent word that his new book, LONG LIVE THE HODAG — The Life and Legacy of Eugene Simeon Shepard is now in print. For anyone interested in hoaxes, tall tales, and folklore, I figure it should be interesting. I've already ordered a copy.

For those who don't know what the Hodag is, it's a creature native to Wisconsin. It's said to have the head of a bull, the back of a dinosaur, and the leering features of a giant man. You can still find it featured on many Wisconsin postcards. Here's the book description:
Eugene Shepard was perhaps Wisconsin’s greatest prankster. His most famous accomplishment, the 1896 capture of the Hodag, created a legacy in and around Rhinelander, Wisconsin that has endured for over a century. Although other publications offer brief discussions of Shepard and his Hodag, Long Live the Hodag! is the only study dedicated to a detailed investigation of the Hodag and the Life and Legacy of Eugene Simeon Shepard.
This revised and updated edition incorporates previously unpublished historic photographs and new archival research, including a 1963 interview with Eugene Shepard’s son Layton, into the original 1996 version. In addition, this edition highlights Shepard’s talents as a humorist through the inclusion of more of his cartoons, hand-written photo captions, and an appendix of three of his lengthy writings.
Categories: Folklore/Tall Tales
Posted by The Curator on Wed May 10, 2006
Comments (2)
I was wondering if the Hodag would show up here one day. My In-Laws live in Rhinelander WI .. "Home of the Hodag". So I see a lot of hodags when I got to visit. Last time I was there I noticed the town went so far as to market Hodag Slippers! LOL
Posted by Suki  in  WI  on  Tue May 16, 2006  at  12:49 PM
could you please tell me who the manufactuer is of the HODAG SLIPPERS.....Walmart is out of them and wont be getting any more in this year. I have a friend in Australia that would love a pair. any info would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by toni  in  rhinelander  on  Tue May 15, 2007  at  12:50 PM
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