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Orson Welles’ Martian invasion, the Hitler diaries, and Jayson Blair: Frauds all—but what about the housewife who claimed to have given birth to more than a dozen bunnies? Michael Farquhar’s got her number, and he’s glad to share hers and other stories in A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History’s Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes, and Frauds, the latest in a series of books by the longtime Washington Post contributor that chronicle the impressive diversity of human foibles and scandals. The bunny woman, for those not already acquainted, was an English housewife named Mary Tofts who, in 1726, claimed to have birthed a litter of rabbits. A surgeon sent by King George I witnessed the delivery of her 12th bunny baby, though Farquhar dryly notes that “the air in the dead animal’s lungs and the contents of its colon, both of which [the doctor] had taken careful note of, might have given him a clue that this bunny had already been hopping about before it went up the, er, rabbit hole.” When Tofts’ story unraveled, she served a brief prison sentence for fraud. Her motive? What else: “to get so good a living that I should never want as long as I lived.” Farquhar reads at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books and Records, 418 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 638-7610. (Louis Jacobson)