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Walmart Hostage Situation

A tagline on a story this week was designed to provoke. I even talked about the tagline and said it was to provoke. Yet it still brought complaints and “disagreement” — even though it’s impossible to agree or disagree with my thoughts, since the tag didn’t reveal my thoughts. But I still made a huge […]

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Fair, or Unfair?

A story — or, really, the tagline on that story — by Mike Straw brought some bristling feedback. “Unfair!” But was it? Let’s start with the story, from the 18 November 2012 issue: (more…)

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What Nightmares Are Made Of

The first and last stories from this week’s issue (7 October 12) are posted here: the first because you’ve got to shudder at the thought of the poor kid trying to escape a kidnap attempt …when you see the guy’s mug shot. And the last because I want to talk about how the tagline came […]

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Fix-a-Flat

It’s another story that absolutely demands the accompanying illustration — in this case, a mug shot. But trust me: read the story first! It’s from True‘s 20 November 2011 issue: (more…)

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Seeing Red

Another story where you just have to see the accompanying photo — an instant classic! (Warning: It looks a bit intense, but it’s fake: the woman is not only not dead, she’s not at all injured.) (more…)

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This is True List Break-in

From True‘s 17 October 2010 issue. On the whole, This is True readers are a pretty technically savvy bunch: many of you use “tracking” email addresses — addresses which readers have used only to subscribe to my newsletter(s) — and I’ve had a number of reports this week from readers who have received spam to […]

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Smooth Move, Megan

This is a study of contrasts: this story was so good that I ran it both in This is True and in the now-defunct Mug Shot Museum. First, the True treatment, from the 7 March 2010 issue: (more…)

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