Jean Shepherd has been mentioned before
but WFMU's Beware of the Blog
has finally dug out an mp3 of Shepherd himself telling the story of "I, Libertine" (mp3 link)
). I, Libertine
was a literary hoax that began as a practical joke. Shepherd asked his listeners ("the Night People") to go into bookstores and ask for a book that didn't exist. Fueled by bewildered bookstore owners and distributors, I, Libertine eventually did end up as a genuine bestseller, proving his point that the process of choosing bestsellers was flawed.
posted by krautland
on Jun 29, 2008 -
Clive James on Scams and Hoaxes.
"If the flim-flam man is sensible enough to offer you a return of only twice as much, the scam might even work. I was once defrauded of a heartbreakingly-large sum by a fellow writer who was smart enough to offer no return at all. True to her word, she didn't return my money either.
posted by Blue Stone
on Apr 9, 2007 -
Everybody loves Zombies. Everybody loves killing Zombies. Nobody wants to suddenly wake up surrounded by Zombies. Not when you thought you were just playing a video game
posted by Elmore
on Feb 18, 2007 -
How BADLY do you want to be a millionaire?
Badly enough to cheat on a TV game show? An ex-Army Major, his wife and another man have been convicted of 'procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception' - in other words, getting someone to sign a cheque for a million pounds which was won by cheating.
The scam involved a series of coughs at strategic points in the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"
game show, guiding the Major to the right answers.
The show was never aired after suspicions were raised but I would be interested to see if it'll now be released so I can make up my own mind about the suspicious, ahem, coughs.
posted by essexjan
on Apr 7, 2003 -
There are dozens of people on the internet who have been victimized by her
, and yet no one seemed to do much about it. So they did.
posted by oh posey
on Feb 2, 2002 -
This girl is, literally, fighting for her life.
Her name is Kaycee, she's 18, and she is desperately fighting cancer. And if everyone could put down their mice, stop typing on their keyboards, close up their browsers, and think one good thought
for this girl -- and her family
-- maybe, hopefully, it would help.
Halcyon's set up a message board for her.
If you're so moved, you know what to do...
posted by metrocake
on Sep 14, 2000 -