Judy Drosd

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The Art of the Prank

It seems like you can't turn around these days without running into the term fake news. And while it's true that it is, paradoxically, even easier to fool people when basically all the information in the world is available on the nearest computer, the whole idea of fake news goes back a lot farther than the guy currently lazing around in the White House. But not all such fakes are created equal. Before Russian hackers and Twitter bots, before Romanian kids were hired to post made-up stories on Facebook, there was Joey Skaggs, the godfather of the media hoax.

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Joey Skaggs and his Portofess. Would you confess your sins to this man?