Books of secret knowledge
April 15, 2015 10:47 AM   Subscribe

What was this book or books of secret knowledge I read in the late '80s/early '90s?

Back in the late '80s/early '90s I read a book (and maybe a followup) about secret knowledge of all sorts. Things like "there are levels of classification above TOP SECRET" and "most of the semen you see in porn movies is actually soap". It was the kind of thing that might have, a few years later, ended up on alt.folklore.urban or Snopes, but it wasn't one of the classic books on urban folklore. Googling has been fruitless. Any help?
posted by asterix to Grab Bag (4 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
William Poundstone's Big Secrets series?
posted by Etrigan at 10:49 AM on April 15, 2015 [4 favorites]

That's almost certainly it! Thanks!
posted by asterix at 10:52 AM on April 15, 2015

Fun fact: William Poundstone and Paula Poundstone are cousins.
posted by carmicha at 11:52 AM on April 15, 2015 [4 favorites]

Didn't he also produce some monthly newsletters? I remember them being a little more mainstream than the books, more about booking flights through a third city to save money than about numbers stations and phreaking.
posted by Room 641-A at 1:00 PM on April 15, 2015

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