Somaly Mam and the Dark Side of Charity

Since 1996, a non-governmental organization known as AFESIP (from the French, Acting for Women in Distressing Situations) has been working to rescue and aid young female victims of human trafficking, operating three centres in Cambodia where the young women are housed and educated. The guiding light of this effort is co-founder Somaly Mam, a Cambodian-born... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Stolen Imaginary Friends, Bigfoot Bears, & The Clinton Chronicles Redux

With the recent passing of British comedian Rik Myall, you might have had nightmarish flashbacks to one of the most astoundingly awful films of recent decades: Drop Dead Fred. Or maybe you had fond flashbacks, because you were one of the people who cherished that movie. But did you know that the movie's title character... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Stupidest/Weirdest Jack the Ripper theories

125 years ago yesterday, the last known victim of an unknown serial killer was found stabbed and eviscerated in her dismal rented room in London's East End Whitechapel district. Over the previous two months and ten days, this man had murdered at least four other area prostitutes, desperate and impoverished women in their forties. At... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: The Bogus Christian Memoir Hall of Shame

Literary fraud is an important topic at Swallowing the Camel. Whether it's middle-aged women pretending to be teen boys afflicted with HIV/AIDS (here and here), or James Cameron's BFF letting himself be snowjobbed by a lying WWII vet, or fake Holocaust memoirists, no one gets a free pass when it comes to literary misdeeds. So... Continue Reading →

Wow, this must be more embarrassing than Piranha II

James Cameron - and a lot of other people - have been duped by a wannabe scientist and pseudo-historian.One of the weekend guests on Coast to Coast AM was Dr. Charles Pellegrino.If the name is familiar, you may have seen him in the Discovery Channel documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, or read the 2007... Continue Reading →

Pants Afire Awards

The Pants Afire Award goes to the least credible people I've written about here on Swallowing the Camel. And the lucky winners are... Benjamin Fulford, saving the world with Freemasonic ninjas Larry Sinclair - Obama's gay lover and his murder allegations James Frey - Bad writer, no Pulitzer! Sylvia Browne, the whiskey-throated emodiment of epic... Continue Reading →

Inspiring Holocaust Memoir Partially Fabricated

A strange literary fraud burns Oprah (again) Nearly every case of literary fraud I've covered on this blog (Anthony Godby Johnson, James Frey, Misha Defonseca, etc.) has one thing in common with every other case: Oprah Winfrey. I don't have anything against Oprah, but I gotta say that woman is gullible. With a capital G.... Continue Reading →

The Week in B.S.

- Prophet Yahweh (Ramon Watkins) predicts yet another UFO landing sometime between Halloween and November 11. The aliens want to show their support for Obama. (Prophet Yahweh also claims he can summon UFOs by reciting passages from the Bible, so predictions seem moot.) - I pay little mind to the pop music world, but this... Continue Reading →

Homegirl? Go home, girl!

Oh, fer cryin' out loud, will this never end?! Riverhead Books, a division of the Penguin Group started in 1994, has published the Dalai Lama, Nick Hornsby, The Kite Runner, and James Frey's wholly fictional memoir My Friend Leonard. Three Riverhead authors are up for the 39th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work, and... Continue Reading →

Doesn’t Dance With Wolves (and other Holocaust memoir hoaxes)

Misha Defonseca: A new addition to the Bogus Holocaust Memoirists Hall of Shame Don't you just love it when your timing is spot-on? Today I was skimming through some of my notes on suspected literary frauds. These are cases that set off all my B.S. bells, but I can't prove they're bogus: The works usually... Continue Reading →

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