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Alan Abel, hoaxer extraordinaire, is (on good authority) dead at 94

Alan Abel’s first major hoax — seeking “to clothe all naked animals that appear in public” — began in 1959 and fooled folks around the world. His pranks spanned the decades and fooled many a newspaper. He didn't make money on it, but Mr. Abel sure had fun.

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