Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!

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SNATCH A STORY

 
Are you a savvy reader? Can you tell fact from fiction?  Here’s a list of ten super-spooky graveyard facts to shiver your timbers. Brrrr!

But—this treat comes with a catch! Nine of these facts are TRUE… but one is a LIE. Don’t get tricked!

When you’ve decided on your answer, scroll to the bottom of the page!
 

Strange but (Mostly) True Cemetery Facts

 
Cemeteries can be disconcerting places, but they’re also interesting. All of these details related to burials are true . . . except, of course, for one. Can you find the fib among the facts?
 
1) La Recoleta Cemetery, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is best known for its pet cemetery, especially the feline section. There are over 3,000 tombstones and other grave markers honoring beloved housecats.

2) Grave robbers used to sneak into cemeteries looking for fresh corpses they could dig up and sell to medical schools.

3) Remains from the Vietnam War were interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, but were later identified and relocated.

4) The catacombs underneath Paris, France, hold the remains of about six million people.

5) The Igorot people of Sagada in the Philippines hang coffins holding dead bodies off the side of a cliff.

6) All of the tombs in the city of New Orleans are located above the ground.

7) When he was ten years old, future astronaut Neil Armstrong was paid one dollar to mow the cemetery lawn in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

8) Who’s buried in General Ulysses S. Grant’s tomb? No one. Both Grant and his wife are entombed above ground, not buried.

9) The Neptune Memorial Reef, located near Key Biscayne in Florida, mixes people’s cremated remains with cement and uses that to create underwater features for marine life.

10) “Safety coffins” were designed with various mechanisms to allow anyone who wasn’t actually dead to send some kind of signal (just in case they woke up to find they’d been buried alive!).

Excerpt from Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries (available June 2018)!

 

THE WICKED READ

 

Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!
By Ammi-Joan Paquette & Laurie Ann Thompson
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN-13: 9780062418791
Age Range: 8 – 12 Years

Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?

Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!

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THE CREEPY CREATORS

 

Ammi-Joan Paquette has traveled to twenty-four countries, has the ability to wake herself up at a given time without an alarm clock, and once climbed Mount Everest. (Not all of these are true!) Joan is the author of the novels Rules for Ghosting, Paradox, and Nowhere Girl, as well as the picture books Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo, Ghost in the House, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids, and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she balances her own writing and her day job as a literary agent.
 
Laurie Ann Thompson has ridden a pig, gotten stuck in an elevator overnight, and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. (One of these facts is not true. Can you guess which?) She is the author of Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters, My Dog Is the Best, and Emmanuel’s Dream, a picture book biography about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, which was the recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award and was named an ALA Notable Book, a CCBC Choice, and a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, among dozens of other accolades. She lives outside Seattle with her family.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANSWER: The fake on this list is La Recoleta’s pet cemetery. La Recoleta did become famous, however, for its many living feline residents and the woman who cared for them.

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