Literary forgery

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Literary work which is either deliberately misattributed to a historical or invented author Literary forgery (also known as literary mystification, […]

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Fool’s errand

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Type of practical joke Hammer and Nails (1977) by Hans Godo Frabel. A “glass hammer” is a highly impractical object […]

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Confidence trick

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Attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence A confidence trick is an attempt to defraud […]

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Beale ciphers

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A set of three ciphertexts For the geographic code classification system, see beale code. Cover of The Beale Papers The […]

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San Serriffe

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Typography-themed April Fools’ Day hoax Front Page of the supplement San Serriffe is a fictional island nation invented for April […]

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Gang rape

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Rape of a single victim by two or more violators Gang rape, also called serial gang rape, group rape, or […]

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Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night

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Short story by Nik Cohn “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”CountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishGenre(s)FictionPublisherNew York MagazinePublication dateJune 7, 1976 “Tribal Rites […]

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Rejecting Jane

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The ‘Rejecting Jane’ cover of Issue No. 28 of Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine “Rejecting Jane” is the title of […]

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Holocaust teaching hoax

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2007 chain email message The Holocaust teaching hoax was a hoax perpetrated in Great Britain in 2007. It involved sensationalist […]

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Orwell Prize

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British prize for political writing For the NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public […]

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