A new book about a legendary con man seems like an intriguing read for all WU-vies. Maybe one for your Xmas wish list.
You can learn quickly about this rascal at the Scripophily page where you can buy an actual stock certificate signed by the scammer, as seen below.
George Graham Rice, a famous stock promoter, capitalized the stocks of Goldfield, Greenwater and Rawhide mines, listed them on the national exchanges, and reaped the profits until convicted of mail fraud in 1911. In 1907 when investors nation-wide were delirious over the stupendous rise in the market value of securities of Goldfield mining companies, the public clamored for opportunities to buy into Nevada mining stocks. With childlike faith they invested in Death Valley's Greenwater and also the Rawhide district, where several companies capitalized stocks, listed them on the national exchanges and had them underwritten by prominent brokerage houses. In Rice's own words: "I make a conservative statement when I say that the American public sank $30 million in Greenwater in less than four months . . . yet the suckers, . . were crying for more."
Cyberdildonics is the rather interesting name for pleasure devices that are controlled by a lover long distance over the internet. Apparently they are being hacked for control of the device and/or to steal pictures taken during use. When the hackers are doing that at least they are leaving bank accounts and credit cards alone.
When the spirits of the dead communicate with psychics, why do they invariably choose to communicate with single letters instead of full words? For instance, instead of saying, "My name is Mary," they'll say "My name begins with an M or a J." Actually, forget it. I know the answer to that.
[From Playboy for November 1968. Click to enlarge.]
I can imagine a man being follicle-challenged and able only to grow a patchy beard or mustache. But most of us can grow a perfectly fine crop of facial hair for free. Why would anyone spend money for a fake? And the price! The Inflation Calculator I always use says: "What cost $30 in 1968 would cost $185.89 in 2010."
But the weirdest thing is the appeal to scam your girlfriend or one-night-stand with fake hair. Huh?