The prankster — who now says his real name is Joe Carr (though that could possibly just be a play on "joker") — confessed to the lie, calling it a joke between friends that ended as "a prank that made a fool out of the media."
Carr's full post gives some insight into his reasoning for the prank as he explained:
But you'll have to wait for the Dumb issue to hit newsstands on December 15 to see who and what else MAD thinks is the dumbest of the year, but for now, we've put together a list of 10 stellar options — and it's up to you to choose the year's biggest offender!
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