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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Historical Hoaxes

Recently, there's all this hilarious hoopla about a 19th-century robot. "Boilerplate" was designed to replace humans in combat; it took part in Roosevelt's campaign at San Juan Hill, joined the hunt for Pancho Villa, and fought in and, ultimately, disappeared during World War I. Comedian/actor/writer Chris Elliott (Woogy from There's Something About Mary) recently included Boilerplate in his new historical/serial killer spoof novel, The Shroud of the Thwacker... but apparently this zany robot is nothing more than a clever internet hoax created by Paul Guinan who is now seeking legal retribution for Elliott's lifting of a copyrighted character.

The NY Times article can be read here.

Sigh. I love the internet.