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Hoaxes and Hexes: Daring Deceptions and Mysterious Cases [Paperback]

Barbara Smith

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March 15 2011 Amazing Stories (Heritage House)

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines hoax as a "humorous or malicious deception," and hex as "a magic spell." These stories of hoaxes and hexes illustrate our curious desire to believe in the impossible and explain the inexplicable. Portrayed here are accomplished hoaxers and swidnlders, including the flamboyant 19th-century financier known as Lord Gordon—Gordon; David Walsh, author of the horrendous Bre-X gold-mine hoax of the 1990s; and the eccentric Josef Papp, who claimed to have crossed the Atlantic in a homemade submarine.The persistent power of hexes is recorded in stories of cursed places—including a strange haunting in the Cypress Hills and a deadly Lake Superior lighthouse—and weird coincidences, such as the legendary Hollywood hex on Oscar-winning actresses. Whether humorous or malicious, real or imagined, hoaxes or hexes have entertained and ensnared us throughout history.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926613988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926613987
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.1 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara Smith is the bestselling author of more than 25 books. Keenly interested in Canadian social history, she writes on a variety of topics, from folklore to true crime. She has taught writing-related courses in schools from elementary to university level and for private industry. Barbara lives near Victoria, BC with her husband, Bob.


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