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The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Remembering Naked Came the Stranger
Robert Wiemer, one of the 25 authors of the 'Naked Came the Stranger' literary hoax from 1969, died yesterday. He was better known as an editorial writer for Newsday.

Naked Came the Stranger was a novel that was designed to test just how low the standards of taste of the American public had sunk. 25 Newsday staff members each wrote a chapter of this novel. Their only requirements were that their chapters could contain no plot or character development, no social insight, and no verbal skill. Only one thing was required: a minimum of two sex scenes per chapter.

The resulting novel was attributed to a fictitious author (Penelope Ashe), who was played by the attractive sister-in-law of Mike McGrady, the columnist who conceived the idea for the hoax. McGrady's sister-in-law played her role to the fullest, appearing in interviews wearing low-cut dresses and bubbling about the joys of sexual liberation. The American public predictably ate it up and sales of the book soared. The Newsday writers eventually began to feel guilty about all the money they were receiving from the farce, and confessed. But the resulting publicity only made the book sell even better.
Categories: Literature/Language
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 25, 2002
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