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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Mountweazels

The 1975 New Columbia Encyclopedia hails Lillian Virginia Mountweazel as a fountain designer and photographer renowned for her photos of rural mailboxes. Her entry notes that she was killed in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine. Alas, the amusing entry is fictitious. Incorrect articles purposely placed in reference works like dictionaries and encyclopedias have since become known as "Mountweazels." What legitimate purpose do these entries serve? More...
MTC
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 5:56:26 PM
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A SLIGHT DIFFERENCE OF OPINION

"I'm surprised that on a site devoted to the spread of knowledge no one raises an eyebrow at the deliberate spread of misinformation by dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other works we rely on for accurate information. All is forgiven in the spirit of innocent mischief, I suppose."

"Hey, lighten' up tightass! They're just havin' a little fun, right?"

"Well!"

"Ah, go soak yer head!"

FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:04:25 PM

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It does seem odd that dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps and directories would worry about plagiarism.
Aren't they supposed to be public knowledge?
I always thought so.
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