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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Michael Gambino Pellegrino
The Sunday Telegraph writes about a recent, literary hoax: the case of Michael "Gambino" Pellegrino, a man who conned Simon and Schuster out of $500,000 by posing as a mafia mobster and selling them a story based on his life experience. It turned out that he was a crook, but was no mobster. (Requires Registration)
Categories: Con Artists, Literature/Language
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 02, 2002
Comments (2)
grin I read this book and even though he pulled the whole over the book companies eyes, it still was a good book.
Posted by julie  in  las vegas  on  Thu Jul 21, 2005  at  11:31 PM
I know Michael and was fooled by him while he was in Vegas. That doesn't negate the fact that even though he fooled everyone, the book is good and written in a way that is believeable. He is a man who took an opportunity to change his life and he delivered to Simon and Schuster exactly what they asked for, "fiction". That is why he won the lawsuit they had against him.
He is charasmatic and fun and no one tells a story like he does. I hope he gets another book deal......
Posted by A friend  in  Las Vegas, NV  on  Mon Jan 16, 2006  at  05:07 AM
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