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The encyclopedia version of the trap street is called a Mountweazel. It takes its name from an entry in the 1975 edition of The New Columbia Encyclopedia. Thus:

Mountweazel, Lillian Virginia, 1942-1973, American photographer, b. Bangs, Ohio. Turning from fountain design to photography in 1963, Mountweazel produced her celebrated portraits of the South Sierra Miwok in 1964. She was awarded government grants to make a series of photo-essays of unusual subject matter, including New York City buses, the cemeteries of Paris, and rural American mailboxes. The last group was exhibited extensively abroad and published as Flags Up! (1972). Mountweazel died at 31 in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine.

Goodness! How would anyone spot that as a fake?

A google search of “copyright trap” will yield a delightful afternoon of…whatever it was we decided to call stumbling around the web learning stupid stuff.

See also: Argleton.


Comment from Drew458
Time: November 6, 2019, 10:09 pm

There are times when I think most of the internet is a mountweazel.

However, Bangs Ohio is a real place, the Miwok people existed, and Combustibles magazine exists in France and Mexico. Ms. Mountweazel has her own Facebook page.

The best mountweazel is the one that is mostly true!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: November 6, 2019, 11:42 pm

Is Mountweazel properly pronounced in the Queen’s English as:

Throatwabler Mangrove?

Comment from OldFert
Time: November 7, 2019, 1:42 am

Off topic, but in the US, if you’re a Veteran, or know one, check this out (got it in a VA e-mail):


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Comment from BJM
Time: November 7, 2019, 1:45 am

“…whatever it was we decided to call stumbling around the web learning stupid stuff.”


Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: November 7, 2019, 12:22 pm

In true online-fakery form, one could create an entire bogus history for Ms. Mountweazel. Including a gallery of work and a memorial in Bangs. Perhaps a statue depicting her final airborne moments, camera still snapping away. Do you suppose it would be considered copyright infringement?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: November 7, 2019, 2:35 pm

What splendid devious fun.

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