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Norwegian lied about 'year in the wild'

Sept. 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Norwegian man who claimed to have spent a "year in the wild" said his story was a hoax and he spent much of the time living in a Swedish hotel.

Kristoffer Clausen, who wrote a blog about his supposed experiences in the Norwegian wilderness and followed it up with a popular book, "A Wild Man: 365 Days as Hunter, Fisherman and Gatherer," told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet his "year in the wild" was a fabrication, The Local reported Thursday.

Clausen, who had claimed to be living "with what nature was providing for him" in the Central Norway forest outside Sognefjorden, said he instead spent much of the year living in a Torsby, Sweden, hotel.

"I'm sorry for doing it," said Clausen, who titled a Tuesday blog entry "Sorry, I've been an idiot."

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