George Plimpton, Tad Friend, Tom Bissell and others on fakes, frauds, and fabulists.
On April 1, 1985, Sports Illustrated published George Plimpton's profile of an unknown pitching phenom training with the Mets named Siddhartha Finch. According to Plimpton, Finch went to Harvard, studied with a yogi in Tibet, played the French horn—and could throw a baseball 168 miles per hour. "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" was a sensation. And a very clever hoax. What most readers failed to notice was that the story appeared on April Fool's Day.
Being duped was never so much fun.
He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent lifestyle, Sidd’s deciding about yoga—and his future in baseball.
People became obsessed with a boy’s tale of suffering and redemption. Then they wanted to meet him.
So far, the hunt for Bigfoot has netted only near misses, tall tales, and sarcastic chuckles. But a new generation of high-tech hunters are on the loose—and they won’t rest until they’ve nailed something big and hairy.
In which we investigate one of the most successful liars in American history.
How was the satirical Report from Iron Mountain twisted into a enduring right-wing conspiracy theory?
Clyde Lewis want to believe in crop circles. But what if nothing is out there?