publication date: Sunday, September 2, 2007 (part of Round XXXI)

category: Hoaxes

clue: From rice baron to saint, the Emperor of America captured the hearts of San Franciscans with a bloodless coup.

explanation: Norton was a celebrated local figure in San Francisco who declared himself Emperor of the United States, a fanciful claim that made him popular for generations. He made (and lost) his fortune in the rice business, and later became a patron saint of eccentrics in the Discordian religion. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Tony Peters, Michael Paul Cote, Shawn Brandt, Greg Bair, and Jason Evans

trivia: This goo inspired San Francisco Week.

San Francisco Week This goo was part of San Francisco Week.



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