UK Paperback Edition

image The UK publisher of the Museum of Hoaxes just sent me a picture of what the paperback edition of the book will look like when it comes out over there (click image for a larger version). It looks quite colorful and fun. But I'm especially proud of the fact that it has a picture of Hamster Viagra right at the top of it. Nothing says quality non-fiction quite like Hamster Viagra. As for why the UK edition says 'edited by Alex Boese' instead of just 'by Alex Boese,' I have no idea. I'm trying to find out why.


Posted on Sun Nov 28, 2004


Only thing I can think of,
Edited suggests its a collection of articles that you've put together (generally not in your own words.)

Perhaps they're just confused.
Posted by Sharruma  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  03:33 AM
Are they going to "Anglicise" all the spellings and vocabulary?
You know, "colour" and "neighbour" and "panick," and "lorry" and "nappy" and all that?
Or will they let you stay American?
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  01:44 PM
One of the reasons it says "edited" instead of "by" might be because other people thought of and spread the hoaxes, and you just assembled them together in one collection. If I were the publisher I would say "by" because the book contains words which you have typed/written yourself.
Posted by John  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  03:40 PM
I knew Alex was really a hoax. He didn't write this book at all, just collected other peoples stories. I bet this whole website is a hoax. All Alex's responses are merely an AI program using the lot of us as beta-testers to help make it capable of passing the Turing test.

I demand a recount er.. refund (oops, wrong thread. Please don't drag you know who into this).
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  05:43 PM
Actually, Charybdis, it's worse than that. I'm a human posing as an AI program posing as a human. This 'confession' is part of the web of deception.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  11:39 PM
Oh, and I found out why it says 'edited by'. The hardback UK edition was designed to look like the cover of a tabloid:

So they thought it was cute to present me as the 'editor' as if it were a newspaper. The paperback edition doesn't have the tabloid theme, but the graphic designer just kept the 'edited by' because that's what she thought it was supposed to say. She's now changing it.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Nov 29, 2004  at  11:47 PM
"A great lucky dip of a book" sounds so very British. Can you imagine someone saying that in America?
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Tue Nov 30, 2004  at  09:07 AM
Well, uh... that clears that up so.. uh.. well.. uh..

Never mind...

<wanders away sheepishly>
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Nov 30, 2004  at  09:33 AM
There's no K in panic
Even in England

Panicked maybe

There is such a thing as
an English American American English dictionary,
I have a couple of copies about the house somewhere. It can be very useful at times 😊
Posted by Sharruma  on  Tue Nov 30, 2004  at  05:38 PM
I am british and trust me, no one hear says "A great lucky dip of a book" exept people who write the reviews
Posted by amy  on  Wed Dec 01, 2004  at  06:26 AM
also - don't you americans say pants instead of trousers, over here 'pants' are mens underwear... although I've watched too many episodes of 'friends', I've been using American words instead of british...

ah well...
Posted by amy  on  Wed Dec 01, 2004  at  09:38 AM
I spent five years of my childhood in the UK, and am now married to a British woman, so all my American and British ways of saying and writing things are all mixed up. I write 'labour' instead of 'labor'. But then I refer to scouring pads as 'scrubbers' (as Americans do) even though my wife laughs every time I say 'I need a new scrubber' because in the region of the UK she grew up in 'scrubber' is slang for a prostitute.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Dec 01, 2004  at  10:52 AM
That's nothing compared to having the hotel clerk ask if you'd like to be "knocked up" in the morning.
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Wed Dec 01, 2004  at  12:27 PM
I'm English, living in Arizona. I just love my spellchecker which is set up for American spellings.

I seem to spend half my time trying to teach my spellchecker how to spell and the other half thinking I should learn these new spellings because I live here now!
Posted by Sharruma  on  Wed Dec 01, 2004  at  05:03 PM
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