Nobel Prize for Literature

The Strange Case of the Faux Nobel Literature Prize Website

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This morning, most of the Western world woke up to the news that the Swedish Academy had awarded their countryman Tomas Tranströmer (again, not Bob Dylan) the Nobel Prize for Literature. Minutes earlier, however, Serbian newspaper readers were informed that their very own Dobrica Cosic had won the prize. As Jacket Copy reports, the culprit turns out to be a fake website (www.nobelprizeliterature.org) that was just purchased yesterday and mimicked the design of the real Nobel Prize homepage. The pranksters behind the site also emailed the announcement of his victory to news outlets. Now that nobelprizeliterature.org has been outed as a hoax, the group that created it — which bills itself as a “non-profit, self-organized group of web activists” — has posted a different message, in both Croatian and (somewhat broken) English. Read what they have to say for themselves after the jump.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. One-time recluse Jeff Mangum stopped by Wall Street last night to play a surprise, eight-song acoustic set for the protestors camped out there. Watch a video of his performance here.

2. According to bookies in the UK, Bob Dylan is now the frontrunner to receive this year’s Nobel prize for literature, with… Read More