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The making of “The Clam”

A phantom venereal disease with unusual symptoms

Fascinated with urban legends, rumors, folklore, myth, and the construction of consensus reality, a troubled loner creates a venereal disease and gives it a paper trail. Here's what happened…



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On This Day in SniggleryJuly 31, 1703: Daniel Defoe is put in stocks for having written “The Shortest Way with the Dissenters.” Legend has it the crowd pelted him with flowers out of sympathy. (See Modest Proposals for more info)