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The sales for George Orwell's classic novel 1984 soared after Kellyanne Conway used the term "alternative facts" to describe the falsehoods the Trump team spun, according to CBS News. In 1984, the government changes the meaning of words to confuse people, turning English into something called "newspeak." Hmm, that doesn't quite bode well.

On Saturday, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary (Mike's job, for Veep viewers) insisted in his first press conference that President Trump had record sized crowds for his inauguration, which is unverifiable and most likely not true. On Sunday, Kellyanne Conway, top Trump advisor and former wanna be standup comedian, told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that Spicer's comments weren't untrue, they were "alternative facts." See, now that's funny.

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As a result, the internet lit up with a million jokes about "alternative facts" (while it's still legal to make fun of the government) and comparisons made on social media between the current administration and the dystopian world of George Orwell's1984 led to an increase in the book's sales big enough to put it into Amazon's top five. For people who suddenly find themselves very interested in works of fiction about totalitarian governments, perhaps pick up copies of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World while you're at it?