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Pectina Devastatis – Shell Decay by Cor Houtenboer

The laugh is on us this time…

The information in the article below is an elaborate hoax supplied from a Dutch Shell source…

(no such author or book actually exists)

Content of the email received:

Subject: Anyone out there taking bets on how long Shell will exist?

In 2004 the Dutch author Cor Houtenboer published exclusively in Dutch in a only very limited edition his book ”Pectina Devastatis” (”Shell decay”).

Unfortunately I only have the summary page of an online bookshop and a newspaper article on this book.

Houtenboer analyzed the decay of Shell up to the spring of 2004 and predicted the total dismantling of Shell somewhere in 2008.

In my view, the credit crunch retarded this process, but with the upcoming reorganization the downfall will resume critical momentum.

Summary page of ”Pectina Devastatis”

Related newspaper article “Poison Cup”

Book Review by The Economist

“A superbly written corporate analysis in which Houtenboer amalgamates his extensive knowledge of anthropology and human behaviour with a sound analysis of corporate processes. His insights suggest either that he is (or was) part of the Shell organization or alternately can rely on important sources on a very senior level within Shell, which is indeed in itself a worrying sign of the profound crisis. This book deserves a Pulitzer nomination.

(All part, as indicated, of an elaborate hoax, but as has been pointed out by an insider source who tipped us off that it was set up as an April fools stunt, all good jokes have a dark reality attached, which in this case, gave it even more impact. We are told that the hoax by a group of Shell managers worked like a dream because all of the information about Shell was factually correct. Perhaps one of the hoaxers will kindly provide an English translation of the spoof book summary and spoof newspaper article so that we can all fully appreciate the joke)

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