MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Jan. 12, 1948

¶ John Hopley, 48, of San Antonio, won the title of World's Champion Liar, awarded annually by the Burlington, Wis. Liars Club. His story: while he and Charley Skorpea were playing pool for the championship of Boggy Creek Bottoms, a fly lighted on the eightball. "Charley chalked his cue—a 47-ounce, solid-oak Brunswick—and knocked the eight-ball out from under the fly so fast that it fell on the table and broke its back."

¶ In snow-clogged Brooklyn, boys built snow booby traps across freshly plowed streets, patiently waited for drivers to get stuck. Then...

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