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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884

The worms inside your face
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
A black lion: real or fake?
Plain Layne (and other fake bloggers)
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 22, 2004
The big news in the blogosphere last week was the revelation that a blogger named 'Plain Layne' wasn't who she said she was. Of course if you, like me, had never heard of Plain Layne before, then the news didn't mean a whole lot. But the people who thought they knew her seemed genuinely shocked. Plain Layne wrote about her life, and her life happened to be far more exciting and racy than the lives of most people, which is why she had a fairly large following. Jason Kottke has provided a great summary of some of her experiences: In the past two years, Layne has discovered she's bisexual; fell in...
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