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The making of “The Clam”

A phantom venereal disease with unusual symptoms

Fascinated with urban legends, rumors, folklore, myth, and the construction of consensus reality, a troubled loner creates a venereal disease and gives it a paper trail. Here's what happened…



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On This Day in SniggleryApril 24, 2003: The “Monkey Man” of Tunbridge Wells, a real life superhero complete with mask and cape, is invented in some letters sent to the local paper. The mythical caped crusader later surfaces in the international media from France to New Zealand to the United States before the prank is revealed. (See News Trolls for more info)