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Friday, September 11, 2009

Should've Hired a Fact Checker

L. L. Bean's autobiography begins:

Greenwood, Maine, a small upper-Oxford town that no longer exists, was the first place the name "L. L. Bean" ever appeared—the town clerk put it on my birth certificate on October 13, 1872.
This sentence is absolutely true—except that Greenwood still exists, L. L. Bean's birth was not recorded here (and certainly not on the day of his birth), and even if it were, his full name "Leon Leonwood" would probably have been used.

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