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Lessons from America’s Greatest Prankster

Hoax master Alan Abel has been fooling reporters and hoodwinking the public for more than 50 years. Here, he reveals a few of his tricks. Most careers aren’t launched by the sight of a cow and a bull copulating in the middle of a road. But Alan Abel doesn’t have a typical gig. One day in [...]

The World’s Greatest Hoaxer

In honor of April Fool’s Day, Gawker has put together an entertaining post on Alan Abel, often referred to as the world’s greatest hoaxer. Among Abel’s legendary pranks was his creation of the fictitious Society for Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA), whose mission was to provide clothing to all of the animals of the world, so [...]

The Quick 10: The Almost-Titles of 10 More Books

There are so many books that have been retitled (usually with much better names), I couldn’t just stop at the 10-10-10 list. Here are 10 more books who were almost called something else – you have to wonder if a different title might have changed their level of popularity. 1. Animal Farm was first published [...]