Re: NANFA-- Re: Licentious Mermaids ?

Jay DeLong (
Mon, 02 Apr 2001 19:17:25 -0700

At 06:17 PM 4/2/01 -0400, you wrote:
>I dunno, looking at the headline and the text makes me think the whole
>thing was an elaborate goof upon the gullible. The headline: "Puget
>Nimrods Nab Nimble Nymph". Sure, OK! And the text depends upon "a leading
>authority" at a business involving the word "Shoppe". Nowadays you only
>find this kind of writing at TheOnion or its imitators around the web.

Bruce, I think the newspaper was sincere even though their sources were
offering a hoax. The Shoppe owner was J.E. Standley, who created Ye Old
Curiosity Shoppe in 1899. Standley travelled the world for
"curiosities". As a result he probably was considered an expert of
sorts. His store is still in operation on the Seattle waterfront, run by
his grandson, but now they sell trinkets and souvenirs. But there is some
of his original stuff on display like mummies. They have their own webpage
at but it's primarily a retail webpage
and not historically useful unless you count the book they're selling.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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