Fraudulent & hoax manuscripts submitted to academic journals typically present false findings by real authors. This time, however, the paper
contains real (and previously unpublished) results
... by fake authors.
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"This was painted by a person with a rare and severe mental disorder. He was constantly seeing his own fantasies all around him. He also had a certain phobia..." (via Digg)
. The image
is an imperfect reproduction of a particular postcard
dated 1972. A blogger (in Russian)
claims his psychiatry professor found one aspect of this eerie painting that reveals the patient's disorder. Allegedly, only one of his students in the past 15 years has figured it out. The psychoanalytic mystery has piqued the interest (in Russian)
of the online community. A number of supplemental hints from the professor and thousands of guesses
later, the case remains unsolved. Skeptics have already decried the mystery as a traffic-boosting hoax, but a few signs still point to its authenticity. Most notably, the artist's reproduction
of another classic painting
contains the following note: "transferred in 1990 from Moscow mental hospital."
Linda Rayburn and her son Michael Berry were brutally murdered by her husband
, David Rayburn, on February 3rd, 2004. Rayburn then hanged himself in the basement of their home, leaving behind a handwritten cryptogram