Squaring the Strange #122: Literary Hoaxes

by | Feb 9, 2020 | Benjamin Radford, Hoaxes, Investigation, Media Literacy, Podcasts, Skepticism, Squaring the Strange | 0 comments

The new episode of Squaring the Strange is about literary hoaxes! I discuss some “misery memoirs,” stories of victims triumphing over incredible hardships (Spoiler: “Go Ask Alice” was fiction). Celestia discusses newspaper reports of horny bat-people on the moon, and we break down the cultural factors that contribute to the popularity and believability of hoaxes. We end with the heart-wrenching story of a literary version of Munchausen by proxy, one that moved both Oprah and Mr. Rogers.

Check it out, you can listen HERE. 



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