The New York Times Magazine website hosts a series of interesting How-To articles. Some are practical, like How to Multitask. Some are fanciful but potentially still useful, or at least instructional, like How to Catch a Fugitive or Harvest a Live Organ. Some are tongue-in-cheek, such as How to Back-Flip a Motorcycle, which has only been done once, and not by anyone who reads the NYT Magazine.
But some are beyond fancy, beyond tongue-in-cheek; they’re works of fiction. I can tell because the tasks described therein are, how-to manual or not, completely impossible: How to Salvage a NASDAQ Portfolio and the related How to Run a Successful Silicon Valley Business.