Saturday, December 24, 2005

One For The Urban Legend File

by Tom Bozzo

That college student reportedly visited by the Feds over an interlibrary loan request for Mao's "Little Red Book," wasn't.

Evidently, the student's story changed while discussing the matter with one of the professors quoted in the original article, leading to the unraveling of the hoax. More details are at Daily Kos. For the record, I'd been skeptical of the sketchy sourcing of the original article.

I have no desire to propagate urban legends, even those that confirm my priors. Reality is more than sufficient to ensure that I maintain an ample supply of tinfoil around the house.
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