A TV Star Turns Out To Be A Complete Phony and One Man’s Search For His Lost Love Letters

Adriana Diaz

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An elaborate hoax is unraveling on the other side of the Atlantic. Swedish man Kristoffer Clausen completely duped the Scandinavian media, a book publisher, and the BBC by saying he spent one year living in the Norwegian wilderness. He "documented" his year in the wild in a blog where he wrote about things like eating reindeer (didn't happen). As Clausen's fame grew, he made television appearances, starred in a documentary about his experience, and even wrote a best-selling book called, A Wild Man: 365 Days As A Hunter, Gatherer, and Fisherman. But it turns out he spent the year hunting, gathering and fishing from a Swedish hotel room.  In a blog post titled, "Sorry I've Been An Idiot," Clausen admitted the story was completely made up. He said he only went on two short hunting trips and even admitted that when his book said he was eating kelp in the wild, he was actually out shopping. If this story sounds familiar, you might be thinking of British survivor star Bear Grylls, who hosts Man Vs. Wild on The Discovery Channel. Grylls was the center of controversy in 2007 when it was revealed that he was staying in motels when his show depicted him sleeping out in the wild. What do you think about Kristoffer Clausen pulling a Bear Grylls? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter!

This next story is a case that you could help solve. When a couple moved across the country, they shipped their belongings by post and lost irreplaceable items. One of the boxes contained 8 years of cherished love letters from the wife to the husband. When the USPS shipment arrived, the love letter box was severely damaged and missing most of the letters. After finding someone else's letters and books in the box mixed in with their belongings, they suspect the box broke open during shipping and then USPS workers, "stuffed whatever was around into the box, didn't reseal it and kept it going." Now they're asking for your help. The husband David created a blog called "Love Letters Lost," where he's posted images of the box and the stranger's mail. In it he wrote, "I know the chances of the Internet finding them are very slim, but I thought maybe if enough people see this, someone who ended up with our letters might find it. Since we ended up with other people's books and letters, maybe my letters ended up in someone else's mail. Please share this widely!! If you happened to get our letters, please email me at helpmefindmywifesletters@gmail.com." We hope the Internet helps them out!