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The New Columbia Encyclopedia of 1975 contained a fake entry about Lillian Virginia Mountweasel, which was meant to ensnare would-be plagiarizers. 00:47
Fake reference entries are now called "Mountweazels," even though they actually predate the New Columbia Encyclopedia entry. 01:20
Cartographers have paper towns, paper streets, and trap streets for the same reason. 02:16