A Stone-Cold Hoax

Melville Stone was a publisher of the Chicago Daily News during the 1870’s. In his memoir, he related the following anecdote of a hoax pulled by the Chicago Daily News against its competitor. The staff at the Daily News had a feeling that the Chicago Post and Mail, which was run by the McMullen brothers, […]

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We Regret The Error

Omitting a single letter can change the meaning of a statement, as the following sentences from the old periodicals illustrate (the words with a missing letter are in italics): “The conflict was dreadful, and the enemy was repulsed with considerable laughter.” “Robert Jones was yesterday brought before the sitting Magistrate, on a charge of having spoken reason at […]

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For Want Of A Dog, Everything Was Lost

On 17 August 2001, a man named Jamie Ferrucci, 25, of East Haven, Connecticut was arrested for ramming his car through a dog compound gate with his car to free his husky named Rocky. Due to repeated complaints from the neighbors for being a neighborhood nuisance, the dog was taken into custody by an animal control […]

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