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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 SnigglerySeptember 2, 2001: The editorial comic Doonesbury runs a strip about George Bush II being diagnosed as having a sub-average IQ… but this is based on nothing more than a hoax email doing the rounds. (See News Trolls for more factoidal emissions)