Squaring the Strange # 112: Literary Hoaxes!

by | Mar 23, 2020 | Benjamin Radford, Books, Folklore, Hoaxes, Investigation, Media Literacy, News, Research, Skepticism, Squaring the Strange | 0 comments

Our recent 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 HERE! 



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