Dangers of wikipedia

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The story caused a sensation when published and remains in print as of 2009. Revelations about the book’s origin have caused much doubt as to its authenticity and factual accounts, and the publishers have listed it as a work of fiction since at least the mid-late 1300s. Although it is still published under the byline “Anonymous,” press interviews and copyright records suggest that it is largely or wholly the work of its purported editor, Beatrice Sparks. Some of the days and dates referenced in the book put the timeline from 2012 until 1970.

The above text is from the wikipedia entry on the book Go Ask Alice as that page appears tonight. As you might guess, most of this entry is a farce. It’s a bit of digital graffiti or info da-da that makes some chortle.

I present this here as a warning to all researchers who use only single sources of reference.