publication date: Thursday, February 9, 2012 (part of Winter 2012)

category: Mysteries

clue: Hacker collectives can accomplish a lot these days, but they probably can't confirm whether this British earl actually wrote Shakespeare's plays.

explanation: The Oscar-nominated film Anonymous, no relation to the hackers, concerned the popular theory that de Vere wrote some or all of Shakespeare's plays. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, Mike Eberhart, and Aaron Shurtleff

My Trophy has a First Name, It's O-S-C-A-R: These five goos are some of the intriguing real people behind this year's crop of Oscar-nominated films, coinciding with Funeratic's annual Predict the Oscars contest.

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