odds and ends

This is pretty interesting.  A college professor teaches a class on how to pull off a hoax and it succeeded one year when another class tried it, they were discredited in a little less than half an hour so what was the difference?

Mafia bosses are well-known for having unusual nicknames.  Here are a few and their origins.

I sincerely hope I never have to deal with this and I feel sorry for the parents that do.  Researchers are trying to find out how to effectively treat kids that display sociopathic or psychopathic tendencies so they don’t become sociopathic adults.

NY Mag has a piece on how someone managed to fool rare wine collectors with fakes, duping people out of millions.

Anderson Cooper kicked off Sarah Burge, known as the “Human Barbie” because she’s spent over $500,000 on plastic surgery, who was a guest on his show because he was so disgusted by her.

I’ve always wondered why the best competitive eaters are skinny. Mental Floss explains.

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